Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in the Silicon Valley.
He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World "On Retirement" and his personal blog "Retirement–Only the Beginning".
Candid feedback along with thousands of comments from readers of his blog has given him a unique glimpse into the realities and challenges that all retirees will ultimately face, inspiring his book "I Want To Retire! - Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be".
His other works include "Are you Just Existing and Calling it a Life?" and his first venture into fiction with "Tales from Technology Gone Wild", a collection of four creepy short stories.
Dave lives in sunny California with his wife, two cats, and a passion for the San Jose Sharks hockey team.
on Sep. 27, 2012 :
I finished the free book in one day. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but I was pleasantly surprised with the overall content of the free book. I got much more value from the book than I expected despite its brevity. It is mix of practical tips and links to useful websites for preparing for retirement and inspirational thoughts on retirement and life. It is not for the twenty or thirty year old worker, but for those who are a little older and can see retirement looming in the not so distant future. While I am of retirement age, and have missed some the lofty goals of a well financed retirement I found that “Navigating the Retirement Jungle” reinforced my beliefs about finding out what really matters. Finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning, pursuing life with passion, and staying mentally healthy is the Holy Grail that makes life in retirement meaningful.
I plan to go back and reread the assortment of memorable quotes intermixed with Bernard’s advice for retirement. I’ll probably use some of his ideas as inspiration in my blog and of course in my retirement. Included in the free book is the opening chapter of “Are you just existing and calling it a life?”
I found a quote a line to quote in the opening chapter that is reminiscent of advice from my father when I was a teenager, and it still resonates with meaning:
Bernard writes about passion, “If you don’t know where you are going how will you reach your destination?”
In my father’s version he would end by asking, “How will you know when you get there?”
My father gave his advice to a restless teenager and Bernard’s advice is for those of us who want an active, productive and meaningful retirement.
(review of free book)