The Joy of Not Working

by Ernie Zelinski

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“To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field, but most focus on money and financial planning. They view the finish line as the last day of employment. That’s where Zelinski’s[How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free] begins.”

Jonathan Chevreau, retirement columnist with the National Post

 

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A Recent Letter from a Reader about

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An M.D. from California sent me this letter in March:


Hello Ernie,

Just want to let you know that my partner gave me [your book] How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free for Christmas, with some trepidation because I'm already a 'free spirit'.

This one book purchase has produced many ripples.

As a psychologist working with a medical organization I have recommended a selection of your books to my patients who are experiencing excessive stress on the job.

Some of the seeds 'took' and those folks, in turn, have been recommending your books to their friends and co-workers.

So this one book purchase at Christmas has probably produced approximately 50 purchase so far.

Keep up the good work.

Melissa

 

 

“How lovely it is to do nothing at all and then rest afterwards.”

Spanish proverb

“If a man has important work, and enough leisure and income to enable him to do it properly, he is in possession of as much happiness as is good for any of the children of Adam.”
— Richard Henry Tawney

 

 

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The Joy of Not Working

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“Like The Bible, The Joy of Not Working tells you everything you need to know to resolve your Life crisis, but doesn’t exclude humor in its presentation. Check Chapter 7, “Lighting the Fire Rather than Being Warmed by it”, pages 118-120, for a list of 200 activities for your consideration.”

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy

The Joy of Not Working

1. You are more independent and more creative than most people.

2. You were born a lover of life and not a workaholic.

3. You don't want the cheese; you just want to get out of the trap.

4. You like books that are reader friendly with lots of cartoons, quotations, and exercises.

5. You like books that make you smile and challenge traditional ways of living and thinking.

6. You agree with the words of Bertrand Russell: "To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the best product of civilization."

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You are receptive to the concept that we can achieve more if we relax, enjoy life more, forget about what the majority in society thinks is important, and focus on the things that really matter.

8. Your parents and co-workers will not approve of your adopting this book as your lifestyle Bible.

9. You know a good deal when you see one if a book has been published in 17 languages in 21 different countries and has sold over 250,000 copies, it must have great value.

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You know something important that the hard workers of this world don't know: the secret to a happy and fulfilling life is to work smart and not hard.

 

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 “Working at a job you don't like is a lame way to spend a good portion of your life.”

— Unknown Wise Person

 

 

 

“A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.”

— George Jean Nathan

 

 

The Latest E-mails from a Reader about

The Joy of Not Working

I recently received this e-mail from Mickey White who lives somewhere in the United Kingdom:

Hi Ernie,

I took early voluntary retirement from the Mail Service after thirty plus years when I was fifty seven.

My kids bought me your book, The Joy of Not Working as a gift on the day I finished.

Mind you I was happy to take E.V.R. and I agree with everything you say !!

In fact if I'd known that retirement was going to be this good I'd have done it the day after I left school. !!!

Good Luck.....

Mike .....

 

This short e-mail was sent to me by Dave Tattersfield who lives in New Zealand and would get a kick out of The Fun at Work Cafe:

Dear Ernie!

I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed reading The Joy of Not Working . Your voice is a refreshing change from the 'work harder and buy more and more stuff' voice that seems to pervade western society. A simpler approach and enjoying life is far more attractive to me.

Cheers,

Dave

 


The Latest Letters from Readers about

The Joy of Not Working

This letter was sent to me by Ayumi Nakabayashi who lives in Osaka, Japan:


Dear Ernie!

I have just read you The Joy of Not Working and I'm writing to thank you.


I'm a single working mother with twin daughters. What this means is I'm a poor miserable woman in Japanese society, so I am always worried about money for the future more than necessary and never enjoying my present life.


This book gave me a different view of my life, which I should pay attention to. I don't earn much money but enough to live, and have free time to enjoy. I feel excited about thinking how to spend my free time now. I'm making an "Idea Tree" [Get-a-Life Tree] after writing this letter. To read The Joy of Not Working in English is on the top of the list! I have forgotten that I have a lot of things I want to do.


This book gave me a chance to think over the relationship with boring people, too.

I'm sorry I don't have enough words to explain how I feel now in English, but I really appreciate you.

Sincerely,

Ayumi Nakabayashi

 

Maria Ryabenko sent me this e-mail from Moscow. (I am not sure whether Maria read the English or Russian edition of The Joy of Not Working.)


Dear Ernie!

Last month, when I was crawling home from the office an idea came into my mind: why not enter that little bookstore and find "a paper remedy for depression." I had recently become an unbearable bore and was constantly in low spirits. The reasons were as follows: dissatisfaction in life, monotonous daily routine, creative deadlock and the irrepressible flow of time.


I took the book from the shelf, turned over several pages (without paying much attention to its title as I always do), smiled to myself and purchased it. “Here is pleasant fiction to refresh my head” I thought.


Today I finished reading The Joy of Not Working to know for sure that I am not an office clerk any longer (I took an unpaid leave to think it over)! To sit in that cramped room and see piles of papers, to communicate with colleagues and clients, to print offers of service is not for me.

One should make sense of life and use every minute of it because the very existence is the most generous gift of God.


Thank you very much for the road to my dream!

Sincerely yours,
Maria Ryabenko, 25 y.o.
Moscow, Russia

 

 

 

 

A Letter from a Reader about both

The Joy of Not Working

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How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free


Steve Yu, an attorney from Hacienda Heights, California, sent me this letter in August 2006:


Dear Ernie.

I would like to thank you for writing such marvelous books. I first came across your book How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, while browsing in the finance section at the local bookstore, Barnes & Noble. For the past year, I have been going to bookstores almost every weekend. Lately, I have noticed more and more that reading books provides tremendous stress relief. It is especially nice to do on a hot summer day, and there is no admission charge.

When I started reading How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, it was an instant hit, as I kept thinking that this book was written especially for me. I agreed with 95% of your ideas and suggestions. After reading the first chapter, I decided to purchase the book because I was compelled to highlight certain sections, so that I could re-read them. After I finished the book, I wanted to read your earlier book, The Joy of Not Working, which was equally enjoyable.

I am considering part-time work as transition into retirement. Your two books have encouraged me to take the next step.

It appears that you are preparing to publish additional books, and I will look out for them.

Very truly yours

Steve H. Yu

 

 
 

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Another Letter from a Reader about

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free


This short letter about comes from Mavis Marko in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Dear Ernie.

I enjoyed your book "How to "Retire Happy, Wild, and Free." It sure is "Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor." I am going to give it to her to read next.

I can't wait for another book by you.

Have a great fall and winter.

Thanks,

Mavis

 

 

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Illustrated by eye-opening exercises, thought-provoking diagrams, and lively cartoons and quotations, The Joy of Not Working is a provocative, entertaining, down-to-earth, and tremendously inspiring book that will help you get more joy and satisfaction out of everything you do.

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Your Best Retirement Plan Is to Retire Early —

You May Lose Your Marbles If You Don't


Certain retirement “experts” advocate that people change their retirement plan and work as long as possible instead of taking early retirement. This is supposed to keep their minds in better shape. In fact, working at a job, instead of retiring as early as possible, could have the opposite effect.

According to a recent study reported in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, British civil servants who retire as early as possible may have better mental health than their counterparts who stay on the job as long as possible. Researchers used questionnaires to compare civil servants who retired at 60 with those who kept working. Surprisingly, they found that mental health and agility improved among retirees but declined among workers. “Mental decline can be caused by chronic tress,” stated one of the researchers, "and it is possible that such stress in some of those who continued to work accounted for the decline in mental functioning."

There may be a much better explanation for the decline in the decline in the retirees' mental health. In his essay Abolish Work: Workers of the World, Relax, Bob Black offered some food for thought: “You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid, and monotonous.”

 

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The World's Best

Retirement Book

by Ernie J. Zelinski


  • Published in 9 languages

  • Over 190,000 copies sold

 

Purchase at:

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“Ernie has done it again [with How to Retire, Happy, Wild, and Free]. Easy to read, well laid out.  Emphasis on simple living, and preparing for retirement long before you retire.”

— Mary Anne Fields, Life Coach and Trainer of Life Unfolds, Houston, Texas

 

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