Jun 12, 2020

Money Lovers:
Weirdly, it was through synchronicity that I found the article below. For my new book "Money Wisdom for Smart People — Dummies Don't Bother," I was looking to add to my list of recommended financial books. The first result on Google was:
The 10 Best Personal Finance Books of 2020:  "Manage your money better with these reads" BY BEVERLY BIRD - Updated April 10, 2020
Here's how the 10 books played out for me:
  • I didn't read the first one, find it interesting, so I ordered it.
  • I own and have read the next 5.
  • The 7th I wasn't that interested in.
  • The 8th I don't have, I find it very interesting, and ordered it!
  • The 9th — I saw that book somewhere before — Oh right, I have around 500 copies of it downstairs!
  • The 10th — Not that interested in it so I didn't order it.
In short, even though I don't need any new books on how to handle money, I still ordered two new books on the subject.

Of course, people who are broke and handle money badly likely have not read any of these books — and will not order any of them!

(Oh well, as Mark Coker recently stated, "Darwin will sort out the delusional, pig-headed, and willfully ignorant.")

Just a note that I have finally published the new edition of THE LAZY PERSON'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS — FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AND PERSONAL FREEDOM TOO!

Copies can be ordered at:

Jan 25, 2019

Best Retirement Books

Someone the other day posted that I don't know how to write.

Another woman with a "Masters in English" (which she emphasized) trashed my book How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

I  suggested that the woman search "best retirement books" and look at the Number 1 retirement book that appears on left in the images.

According to these images How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is the best retirement book out there. Note that my The Joy of Not Working is also in the top 10 of best retirement books.

I also suggested that the woman refer to my website How to Retire Happy where on the homepage I list 30 major websites and blogs that have written about How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free in a positive way.

You can see the list at Best Retirement Books on How to Retire Happy.

Below are some of the entries:

First in September 2014 the AARP posted the article 6 Retirement Books You Should Read Now on their AARP website. The AARP placed How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free (now over 390,000 copies sold) in the Number 6 Position although it has out sold all the other retirement books since it was released in 2003.

Along with some of the other World's Best Retirement Books, here are more of the many places where How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is highly recommended by major media or bloggers, including US NEWS, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor:
1. 10 Great Retirement Books by Steve Holbrook of USNEWS: In this article US NEWS lists How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free in the Number 1 Position.  "In How to Retire Wild, Happy, and Free, life coach Ernie Zelinski advises retirees on how they can relax and enjoy their lives. From retirement savings to envisioning your retirement goals, Zelinski offers guidance on a broad range of topics."  

2. 7 BOOKS ON RETIREMENT YOU SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW BY REBECCA BOWSLAUGH:(Note that How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free is Number 1.) "Many retirement books focus on the financial side of retirement; specifically how much money you’ll need before the big day arrives. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is something different. This book focuses on life (and how to live it!) after retirement. It encourages physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being and improvements and helps the reader set goals to achieve a better life. And Zelinski is Canadian, so his humourous advice is not only relevant, but also practical. His is also the author of The Joy of Not Working: 21st Century Edition – A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked an equally humorous and inspiring book for retirement and potential retirees."

26. 10 Best Selling Retirement Books on Amazon: by Knowing My Retirement.com: NOTE: How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is Number 1. Here "are 10 of the best selling books from AMAZON.COM on the non financial aspects of retirement. They are ranked starting with the most popular. We reviewed about 108 titles to develop this list. So for AMAZON, financial retirement books outnumber non-financial ones by about 10 to 1, pretty much the state of the art for retirement information."

27.  10 Books to Read Before You Retire: By Jeff Somers January 2018More Best Retirement Books of All Time: Some people dream of retiring and living a jobless life. Others want to work until they fall over. No matter which camp you fall into, retirement planning is essential. 

28. Retirement Books: Pinterest Collection by Retirement Style: Deborah Williams's Suggestions for books that can help you make decisions about retirement planning, spending or living.

30. Early Retirement Books by Todd the Financial Mentor(Invest Smart. Build Wealth. Retire Early. Live Free.) Most people dream about early retirement, but few make concrete plans and take the required actions to achieve the goal. Readers on this site are different. I’ve have made it my mission to teach the methods I used to retire early at age 35. I’ve taught these same principles to 100’s of coaching clients with great success. The truth is anyone can retire earlier than old if you’re willing to commit to the goal, create a plan based on proven principles, and take persistent, consistent action. Surprisingly, it’s really not that hard when you know what to do. Here are several books that give you different perspectives on early retirement including How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

Dec 20, 2018

This is the front cover of my new book The Joy of Being Retired: 365 Reasons Why Retirement Rocks — and Work Sucks! It actually has 50 Bonus Reasons for Why Retirement Rocks — and Work Sucks! for a total of 415 Reasons. Each of the reasons has an accompanying cartoon image so this book is a little different than my two other bestselling retirement books. Just to let you know that the POD (Print on Demand) edition of The Joy of Being Retired is as of today available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. I just ordered 2 copies from Amazon.ca.

At Amazon.com, you can order a copy here:

The Joy of Being Retired on Amazon.com

At Amazon.ca, you can order a copy here.

The Joy of Being Retired on Amazon.ca:

Heck, if you order a copy in the next 24 hours and pay for express shipping, you may get the copy before I get my 2 copies. I am also doing a print run of 1,700 copies of a traditional offset print run but these won't be available until the third week of January. (Two financial advisors have already ordered 200 copies each to give to their clients.)

To my special friends and clients, I will be giving you a complimentary signed copy or sending you a copy of the traditional offset print copy once I get them.

Oct 31, 2016

Best Retirement Planning Websites

A long time ago I learned from some of the top Internet marketing gurus such as Tom Antion that ugly websites can attract a lot more traffic and make a lot more money than professionally designed websites. (Of course website designers wanting to charge you thousands of dollars for a website that will be a total waste of money don't want you to know this.)

In June my "Retirement Cafe" website was the number 2 listing on "Top 55 Retirement Planning Websites" awards by GoldRetiree.com. 

Check out the number 2 listing on "Top 55 Retirement Planning Websites awards."

Incidentally, I designed the "Retirement Cafe" website using a cheap website design program that cost $175. I used that same program to design about 15 other websites, including the "Retirement Quotes Cafe". Not so long ago someone offered me $15,000 for the "Retirement Quotes Cafe" — I declined because I didn't want anyone messing around with the design. Ultimately, it's not how pretty the website looks that counts — it's the quality of the content that you have on the website that makes the difference and ends up making you the big money.

Furthermore in July the Washington Post mentioned the "Retirement Cafe" as one of the better websites in an article titled "Best web sites for boomers and retirees":

Again, I make the point that ugly websites can attract a lot more traffic and make a lot more money than professionally designed websites. The Washington Post states the "Retirement Cafe" is "Not as pretty and polished as some of the others, but packed with information and links . . ."

Incidentally, not that long ago Seth Godin, one to the top marketing gurus in the world, wrote a brief blog post about how pretty websites are often not as effective as the not-so-pretty (ugly) ones.

"Pretty websites ... are rarely websites that convert as well as unpretty ones . . . it's a mistake to also expect your pretty website to generate cash, to have the maximum percentage of clicks, to have the most efficient possible funnel of attention to action."

— Seth Godin

For the record, my ugly retirement websites are one of the major factors for my books How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free having sold over 300,000 copies and The Joy of Not Working having sold over 295,000 copies.

You can also check the Best Retirement Websites on the Retirement Cafe.

Nov 2, 2015

Things to Celebrate in October - Including Book Marketing

This October was the 35th anniversary of my being fired from my Engineering job for taking too much vacation. I have not had a regular job since then. These quotations apply:
"Hard work is no match for relaxed, creative action." 
— from The Lazy Person's Guide to Success 

 "Those who make the worst use of time most complain of its shortness." 
— Jean de La Bruyère 

 "Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow." 
— Douglas Pagels 

 "The work ethic is a terrible mistake — a cute term gone haywire. 
 — from "The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success" 

"If people knew what they had to do to be successful, most people wouldn't. "
— Lord Thomson of Fleet 

"If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." 
— Dolly Parton

"If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all." 
— Michelangelo

What's more, in late October I did a tally and realized that my books have now sold over 900,000 copies worldwide since I started self-publishing in September 1989. That’s an average of 34, 615 copies per year over 26 years. 
Still more, Book marketing guru John Kremer on Facebook said he was looking for more ideas for the new edition of his book “1,001 Ways to Market Your Books”. So I sent him a few of my marketing techniques — which I didn’t think he would use. Surprisingly (to me), he did a blog post about some of them:
Of course, sending John Kremer some of my marketing techniques is another marketing technique of mine to get me publicity in the new edition of his book. As it turns out, I got publicity on his blog post too. Some more words of wisdom:
"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both." 
— Francoise Rene Auguste Chateaubriand