Ok lets start by reading about it.
Here is a list of books recommended by another blogger Pat Doyle. You can click on the link to open the link in Amazon.com or other sites where I found the book.
Pat’s Favorite Book List – Retirement Transition. Amazon has an offer where you can get audio books free if you download Audible for a 30 day free trial. If you click on the link to the book, you can pick the Audible option. There are also used editions available for some titles. Most of the books are in the $ 10 US price range plus shipping. Here are Pat’s reviews of some of her recommended reads.
The Joy of Retirement: Finding Happiness, Freedom, and the Life You’ve Always Wanted by David C. Borchard. 5 star – Lots of how-to for defining who you want to be in retirement and the lifestyle that will help you be that person. Big sections on roles, talents, and values in defining your vision statement. Love the fact he does not assume where you will be on the continuum of working versus traditional leisure-based retirement. Combines easy to use tools as well as insightful examples of practical next steps. Pat says she wishes she had read it sooner in her journey. Borchard also offers his assessments on line for $ 35 US. I think the tests are included in the books so it would be cheaper to buy the book. I tired the tests and found they were targeted at career planning more than retirement planning. According to the tests my Passion Distribution is Right Brain Creator and Left Brain Organizer which explains why I am doing a blog. I didn’t find the book or the tests as helpful as some of the books below.
Don’t Retire, Rewire!, 2e by Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners. 5-star – A “how-to” on defining satisfaction drivers , separating skills and strengths (with examples), examples of others “accomplishments”, and a how-to guide for working through what in your work life was satisfied by your drivers and how to brainstorm possibilities. Introduces interesting concept of 4 types of work: work for a wage, work for a fee, work for free, work for me. I also liked this book. I liked the categories of what you get out of work and how you can replicate the same “hierarchy of needs” outside of the work environment. However I would add a Fun Factor to their list. Right, many people don’t have fun at work so there are some value adds to retirement that you don’t get out of work.
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor by Ernie J Zelinski . 5 star – An easy-to-read conversational style. Introduces the possibilities “get a life tree”; real people case studies (as opposed to all professional, CEO types), focus on “leisure” (not work) so unique in that!
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans., 4 star. Based on the Design Thinking approach but geared more towards finding your right career. It can be reapplied to retirement life as it’s actually very similar to how I approached new life design in retirement, being a product designer myself! I also liked this book as did the Retirement Wisdom reviewers. However I ordered it from Amazon a month ago and it still hasn’t arrived. I did find a copy through the ebooks at the Vancouver Public Library.
65 Things To Do When You Retire: Travel: More Than 65 Intrepid Writers and Travel Experts Reveal Fun Places and New Horizons to Explore in Your Retirement is in fact 65 interesting essays about retirement from all kinds of people, on all kinds of topics, many very inspiring. edited by Mark Evans Chimsky. 4 star
What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future. Some stuff on finances, but lots on health and happiness. Great background on core values, theory and application of happiness (positive psychology), and practical how-to especially on self reflection and life portfolio. 4 star.
Now What? Know who you are , Get what you want. By Laura Berman Fortgang. 4 star. Easy style, how-to-process! Focus is on second career or what did you always want to do so you will be happy, but process can be reapplied to new retirement life situation (or even divorce) Lots of exercises done as answering questions, but good, insightful questions versus generic “how do you feel about this?”
Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Adams Miller and Dr Michael Frisch – 4 star, helpful in creating your “life list” beyond traditional bucket lists with “things to accomplish” or “ways to live” thinking.
Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement by Nancy Collamer. – 4 star. An in-depth look at part-time income stream possibilities with lots of resource connections (to get more information). Great for possibilities exploration. Second half on self-reflection not as good as other books, but there.
The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together by Roberta K. Taylor and Dorian Mintzer. 3 star but is unique in that it talks about transitioning as a duo in life. Covers all the big domains.
The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun This is my personal favourite although it’s not about retirement specifically. The website has five 21 day projects that can take you over the hump while you are figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life.
Here is another highly recommended book by Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz Refire! Don’t Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life reviewed by the website Retirement Wisdom. Blanchard is a well known best selling author on many management topics. I have booked a download from the Vancouver Public Library e-books. The Retirement Wisdom website also has a list of recommended retirement books.
There are many blogs about the transition to retirement and I have listed some of my favourites in the column to the right. Another of my favourites is John P Weiss, policeman turned cartoonist. He speculates on the “what if” scenario. I especially like his cartoons.