The Art of Successful Retirement
retirement today offers unprecedented opportunities for personal growth and improved quality of life. however many people experience retirement as a time of stress and uncertainty. this book examines why this should be, and how to use this understanding to plan and actively live a retirement which enhances overall life experience, rather than being a time of passive decline into old age. More
as the baby boomers reach their seventh decade of life, more people are retiring in the developed countries than at any previous time in history. many of these people will have prepared well financially, and with recent increases in life expectancy can look forward to two or three decades of healthy retired life. despite this, and despite the fact that modern society offers unlimited possibilities for meaningful activity, very many people find the prospect of imminent retirement a source of stress and uncertainty. worse still, stories abound of people suffering serious mental and physical decline in the years following the end of their working lives.
most books on retirement focus on financial planning, and are written by people who have no experience of retirement. this book is aimed at those people who have made adequate financial provision, but are finding the prospect of retirement a source of worry, or who have already retired and are not experiencing the ‘golden years’ that they have been looking forward to for so long. it is written by someone who has personally experienced personal growth and significantly increased quality of life since retiring from the corporate world seven years prior to the time of writing.
the book addresses the difficulties experienced by retirees by:
-examining the concepts of success and failure as they apply to retirement.
-explaining in some detail how the influences surrounding us in modern life actually make a smooth transition from working life to retirement more difficult.
-helping the reader to clarify his or her thinking about the meaning of work and retirement.
-giving the reader guidelines on developing a plan for retirement designed to foster personal growth and improve the quality of life.
-advising how to implement that plan.
-pointing out potential pitfalls and hindrances to retirement success.
-using the author’s real life experience as an example.
this is not just a ‘feel good’ motivational book, but a genuine attempt to help retirees make the most of the opportunity which they have worked all their lives to create for themselves.