May 31, 2011

Best Places Where to Retire for Your Retirement Plan

I received this e-mail the other day in regards to my international best-selling retirement book:

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Abe Colture
    To: success101coach [ at ]
    Sent: Tue, May 31, 2011 12:57:17 PM
    Subject: Retirement Book How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free


    I have just read your retirement book How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free and thoroughly enjoyed it. So many good though provoking points. Many I've discovered or learned over the years but forgot. I have just retired a bit on the younger side for corporate America, 57. There are many opportunities out there and I needed a way to sort through them. I'm looking forward to completely the "Get a Life Tree" exercise. I've also asked my wife to develop her own tree so we can look for common activities. As I read the book, I was thinking this would be a great read for my kids in their mid-20's. I received your book The Joy of not Working. I hope there are some new stuff in there!

    We have one major dilemma. We really want to relocate domestically. I have yet to find a good source of material to help with the effort. I saw where your book referenced two other books; Choose a College Town for Retirement and Retirement Places Rated. I plan to look at these. Do you have any other good recommendations besides the annual ratings by various magazines?

    I certainly appreciate your material and would appreciate any further advise you may have.


    Abe Colture

This was my resonse to Abe:

    Hi Abe:

    First, thank you for your kind remarks about How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

    Regarding books on the best places where to retire, here are three more retirement books that I have listed on one of my websites:

    1. Where to Retire, 7th: America's Best Places to Retire and Cheapest Places to Retire by John Howells
    2 America's 100 Best Places to Retire Fourth Edition: The Only Guide You Need to Today's Top Retirement Towns by Elizabeth Armstrong
    3. Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places to Retire Across the USA and Canada by Warren R. Bland

    Can you do me a favor and I will send you one of my other books as a thank-you gift?

    If you have a spare moment, it would be a great help to me if you could post a 5-star review of it on and let other potential readers know why you liked it.

    It's not necessary to write a lengthy, formal review — a summary of the comments that you sent me would be fine.

    Here's a direct link to the Amazon page for How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

    Also, if possible, can you place the review on the Webpage for How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

    If you place this review, I will send you an autographed copy of my latest book: Career Success Without a Real Job: The Career Book for People Too Smart to Work in Corporations. This is not strictly a retirement book but it is a great book for retirees who want to continue working, but not in a corporation.

    Career Success Without a Real Job may also be a book that your kids would like to read.

    Once you place the review, send me your address so that I can send you one of my other books.

    Many thanks and so long for now,

    Ernie Zelinski
    Best-Selling Author, Innovator, and Unconventional Career Expert
    Author of the Bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
    (Over 140,000 copies sold and published in 9 languages)
    and the International Bestseller The Joy of Not Working
    (Over 250,000 copies sold and published in 17 languages)

Check out Half of Retirees Have Nothing in Retirement Plan to Pass On:

Here are two new retirement quotations:

    Planning not to retire is simply not a viable retirement strategy.
    — Catherine Collinson, president of the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies

    If we wait until retirement to enjoy ourselves, there may not be enough of ourselves to enjoy it.
    — Mike Hammar

May 9, 2011

Success Story about The Joy of Not Working

Here is a recent e-mail that I received from one of the readers of two of my books. The books were likely The Joy of Not Working and Career Success Without a Real Job.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Nadine Myers
    To: vipbooks
    Subject: Success Story

    Hi Ernie,

    You likely will not remember me. I am from Australia, and whilst in Vancouver in 2009 sent you an email shortly after reading a couple of your books, so excited and inspired.

    Wow, has my life changed since then! My husband and I decided to give up corporate life a couple of months after reading the books, and to see how long we could live without working in a "job". We lasted two years! During that time we travelled all the way across Canada, and down through Central America, then to South Africa. We are now living in South Africa, as it is a beautiful country and reasonably cheap to live.

    I have to say, I have been living the life of my dreams the past two years and continue to do so. I created an online business that allows me to work anywhere in the world, and choose the hours that I work. I have no-one to report to, and have complete freedom and control over my life. I am in awe of the life I have created every day, and can't believe how lucky I am.

    I thank you for your inspiring books and for setting such an incredible example for others to follow.

    All the best to a happy life of leisure, Ernie!

    Kind regards,


    Nadine Myers
    Managing Director &
    Emigration Job Search Strategist

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Here are a few career success quotes to help you find a retirement job or an inspirational career so that you can have fun at work:

    What counts is not the number of hours you put in, but how much you put in the hours.
    — Unknown wise person

    After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success.
    — Mason Cooley

    People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
    — Anne Sullivan

    Don't flaunt your success, but don't apologize for it either.
    — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

    The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.
    — William James

    If your belief system has not molded the life you desire, how you think will need to change. — Asha Tyson