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The Ten Commandments For A Successful Retirement

by Corine T. Norgaard

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You have just arrived back home from your retirement party. Now what do you do?

The first thing you do is to find productive ways to fill your time. Spending your days playing cards at the local Senior Center, or spending your days on the golf course, does not qualify. Possibilities include: getting a part-time job in your field or a different field, starting your own business, becoming an entrepreneur or volunteering your time.

If volunteering or giving to charity is not for you, there are things anyone can do to make the world a better place. Do at least one good deed per week. Smile and greet those that you meet during the day, and give at least one sincere compliment per day.

You need to take an active role concerning your health and well-being. No one else will do it for you. Keeping your brain in shape is just as important as keeping your body in shape. Be willing to stay current and learn new things. Keep your family relationships in perspective. Don't expect anyone else to provide you with a full and meaningful social life. Discussion, and coming to agreements, will be needed concerning spouse, children/grandchildren and nearby relatives.

Get involved in activities that keep you in contact with your freinds and expose you to new people. Join a group activity, reach out to new people and don't forget your relatives. Come up with an "elevator speech." It's a short statement that tells people something about you. For instance, say "I'm Joe, and I'm involved with . . ." Don't say "I'm Mary, and I'm retired." Look for chances to interact with people covering a wide age range. Resist the temptation to start your sentences with phrases like "Back in my day." Doing so will get you branded as an old fogey who can be ignored so fast you won't know what hit you. When you look for new adventures, it can be something as small as attending an event in your hometown that you have never before attended.

This book is short, very easy to read, and is full of useful information. For anyone even near retirement age, reading this book is time very well spent. ( )
  plappen | Nov 18, 2011 |
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After retirement, what next? This book helps persons making the transition to retirement answer that question. Most retirement planning focuses on financial factors; this book, instead, examines the emotional and pychological issues retirement can bring. Its goal is to inspire those making this major life change to see retirement as a beginning, not an end. It discusses the benefits of retirement such as more flexibility and life balance, time to pay attention to one's health, the chance to learn new things, explore new places, the opportunity to build strong relationships and forge new ones. and much more. Each chapter ends with self analysis exercises that assist the reader in evaluating where he/she is relative to the chapter content.

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