Thursday, December 22, 2011

What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement, Second Edition: Planning A Prosperous, Healthy, And Happy Future By John E. Nelson, Richard N. Bolles

What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future

What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future
By John E. Nelson, Richard N. Bolles

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Plan Now for the Life You Want

Today's economic realities have reset our expectations of what retirement is, yet there's still the promise for what it can be: a life stage filled with more freedom and potential than ever before. Given the new normal, how do you plan for a future filled with prosperity, health, and happiness? As a companion to What Color Is Your Parachute?, the world's best-selling career book, What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement offers both a holistic, big-picture look at these years as well as practical tools and exercises to help you build a life full of security, vitality, and community.

This second edition contains updates throughout, including a section on Social Security, an in-depth exercise on values and how they inform your retirement map, and the one-of-a-kind resource for organizing the sea of information on finances and mental and physical health: the Retirement Well-Being Profile. More than a guide on where to live, how to stay active, or which investments to choose, What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement helps you develop a detailed picture of your ideal retirement, so that—whether you're planning retirement or are there already—you can take a comprehensive approach to make the most of these vital years.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #22678 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-07-13
  • Released on: 2010-07-13
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .74" h x 6.40" w x 8.98" l, 1.03 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 288 pages
Editorial Reviews

Review
"It's one of the most thoughtful, engaging retirement planning books available because it lays out a specific, valuable planning model called the Retirement Well-Being Model." --Mark Miller, RetirementRevised.com

"Useful insights and exercises to help you make the best choices for this new stage in life regarding work, leisure, health, and where you'll live." --Steve Vernon, CBSmoneywatch.com

"Can help Americans sort through the retirement lifestyle they want and need, instead of the one that Madison Avenue wants to sell them." --Robert Powell, MarketWatch.com

"A useful, practical roadmap for anyone thinking about retirement, no matter how distant."
USA Today

"Filled with exercises and resources on such matters as making lasting friendships, evaluating medical treatment plans, and finding the ideal place to settle down."
Employee Benefit News

"Retirement researcher and writer John Nelson argues that there are at least five other key components of a successful retirement, in addition to the financial one."
Investment Advisor


"Parachute for Retirement isn't just a book—it's a step-by-step guide to planning your retirement life."  
—Wall Street Journal
 
"A nice compliment to the more typical IRA-intensive school of retirement planning."
—Washington Post

From the Inside Flap
You may be wondering what's new in this revised edition of What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement.

First, you'll notice that it captures the continuing evolution of retirement as a life stage. Society is irrevocably remaking the old retirement into a new retirement--even though no one knows yet, for sure, what that will mean. This book helps you prepare for that momentous shift.

Second, you'll notice that this edition provides you with additional planning tools and techniques. Even with all the uncertainty, you'll still have more freedom in retirement, than in any other stage of life. This book helps you design, and take concrete steps toward, the life of your dreams.

The emergence of the new retirement has been hastened by economic turmoil. Rather than being an anomaly, the Great Recession is representative of a long-term shift. It wasn't simply a deviation, and then a return to normal. Instead, it reset the expectations for what normal is. (The new normal?)

How does all this affect you, and your plans for retirement well-being?

Financially, we've seen our retirement accounts and home values take the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime. Traditional pensions, which offer a guaranteed monthly benefit, have increasingly shown signs of inadequate employer funding. A similar problem on a larger scale is being faced by Social Security. The ballooning federal debt complicates long-term fixes for the Social Security and Medicare funding problems. At all levels, governments will be forced to re-think the assistance they provide to a rapidly growing number of older citizens. Uncertainty has prompted many to keep working as long as possible. Have we now come to view continued employment as an expected part of retirement?

Geographically, we've begun to think more deeply about where we really want to live. Rather than speculating on future home values, we're viewing our home and community as environments that support the life we want to live.

Medically, we know retirement is a life stage that brings increased interaction with the medical delivery system. But the system itself will be undergoing significant changes in the coming years--just when we'll personally need more care. One effect of economic stress is to drain our biological vitality, so it's even more important for each of us to build that up, directly.

Psychologically, the concept of retirement happiness as carefree decades of leisure is now out of date, and out of step. It's being replaced by our desire for a deeper sense of fulfillment, and engagement in life. From now on, we're more likely to recognize that our happiness is connected to our sense of community, than our level of consumption.

You can use this book to gain insight and make plans for all these areas of your life, because it's a unique kind of retirement book. It's not a finance book (although it is about prosperity). It's not a medical book (although it is about health). And it's not a psychology book (although it is about happiness).

Instead, you might think of this as an introductory course into all the aspects of designing your retirement life. Or if you've already studied retirement, you might think of this as your capstone course, pulling all of your studies together. Either way, you'll find this book to be both a philosophical, and a practical, resource.

Finally, here's a bit of heart-felt advice for you. The best way to read this book is to actually do the exercises, fill in the blanks, and write all over the pages. We provide you with a process for designing your retirement life. But you, Dear Reader, must provide the content. That's how you make it into your book, instead of our book. After all, it's your retirement, isn't it?

From the Back Cover
Today's economic realities have reset our expectations of what retirement is, yet there's still the promise for what it can be: a life stage filled with more freedom and potential than ever before. Given the new normal, how do you plan for a future filled with prosperity, health, and happiness? As a companion to What Color Is Your Parachute?, the world's bestselling career book, What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement offers both a holistic, big picture look at these years as well as practical tools and exercises to help you build a life full of security, vitality, and community.
This second edition contains updates throughout, including a section on Social Security, an in depth exercise on values and how they inform your retirement map, and the one of a kind resource for organizing the sea of information on finances and mental and physical health: the Retirement Well-Being Profile. More than a guide on where to live, how to stay active, or which investments to choose, What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement helps you develop a detailed picture of your ideal retirement, so that--whether you're planning retirement or are there already--you can take a comprehensive approach to make the most of these vital years!

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful.
5More than a book - it's a retirement planning tool
By MEW
I liked the first book, but I really liked this one. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. Whether you read one or twenty books on retirement, this one should be at the top of your list!

Just like the first edition, this book is going to generate new thoughts and actions about retirement planning and how to prepare for this phase of life. Whether already in retirement, not there yet, or just starting a first job, I'm betting you will find this book well worth the read. It makes you aware that retirement is an entirely separate life stage that requires some careful thought and planning.

I found the new information and worksheets included in this second edition to be even more helpful for planning for my retirement future than those in the first book. They clearly identified the steps that I need to take to be happy, healthy and financially prepared.

I've worked in the retirement field for over 20 years and this is a message that both young and old need to hear and by taking the approach suggested in the book, it can be a great help in deciding how much someone should be setting aside for their future. How can you establish a saving and investment plan if you don't have a clue about what you want your retirement lifestyle to be like?

I'm one of those people who are "kind of" retired, but still working and I'm not alone. Studies show that between 60% and 80% of retirees and pre-retirees (and often even more) plan to continue some type of "work" - whether for pay or volunteering - well into their retirement years.

The reasons for continuing to work are generally because the retiree is bored, needs a social network and/or wants to add some purpose to their life. Unfortunately, most people don't have a clue about how to actually plan for what their retirement lifetime will be like or even think about what their "dream retirement" is.

This book provides a wealth of information to help you become more aware of all the variables that go into planning for a successful retirement. It makes you think differently about today and tomorrow and the steps that you should be taking to plan for your future.

This book is an easy read and very comprehensive. The additional exercises and worksheets were extremely useful. You can tell that a great deal of research has gone into this material. I really believe anyone who reads this book will have greater insight into what you want your retirement lifetime to be like and how to make it happen.

If you haven't given any, or much, thought about planning for a retirement lifestyle - not just saving and investing money - or you are just leaving your retirement happiness to chance, this is definitely a book you should read.

But as noted in the forward from the author, don't just read the book, experience it! Fill out the worksheets and really spend time on the exercises to explore what retirement really means to you. Even a seasoned retirement expert, like me, learned a great deal from this process.

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
5LIVING YOUR DREAMS -- Prosperity, Health, Happiness & the Best Time of Your Life (2007 edition)
By Constant Reader
LIVING YOUR DREAMS -- planning for Prosperity, Health, Happiness & THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE -- (this review is of the 2007 edition and was first posted November 22, 2007)

By Constant Reader "lovetoread" (Madison, WI USA)

This review is from: What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement: Planning Now for the Life You Want (Paperback)

I remember very well the revolution that the the original WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? caused in my thinking. Here was a career planning book that said I could design a satisfying work life based on what I like and who I am! It changed my thinking.

This new book is designed to support the same kind of revolution in our thinking about retirement. The back of the book says "START LIVING YOUR DREAMS."

This is not about just "not working." This book has lots of practical information about money and health and relationships--but the main thing is the basis of all the PARACHUTE books--- that you can discover your heart's desire and design your life to live it. This book can help a person identify their heart's desire and would be terrific for anyone thinking about what they want for their future retirement.

I know John Nelson. John is dedicated to an approach to retirement that supports true fulfillment for the whole person, based on that person's own dreams and heart's desire. I would occasionally see him at meetings while he was writing this book. He was so inspirational when he talked about the book, and changes in how we view retirement, and how we can re-imagine and recreate our lives for happiness and satisfaction in retirement, and how retirement can be a wonderful time of fulfillment, that I just couldn't wait to read it.

John consulted closely on this book with Richard Bolles, the author of the original WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? And, just like the original did for starting or changing a career, this book is designed to help us to get out of the "retirement box" thinking and realize we can design a future that is based on our preferences, proclivities, dreams and desires as we want to express them NOW.

Richard Bolles says in his preface to this book that he thinks life can be compared to a symphony with four sections, and that what we call retirement is the fourth section. He says that instead of thinking of retirement as the end of life, this book helps us to think of it as the beginning of the fourth section. So this book is designed to gives us a way to organize our thinking and to imagine and create what we want to be, and do, and have in that fourth section of life.

Like the original PARACHUTE book, this book offers a template and guidance, appropriate for this time of life, for how to design a satisfying "fourth segment of life" with the goals of prosperity, health and happiness, designed by you, with you in mind. It is designed to help us think creatively about planning our future.

The book covers the practical aspects we need to consider, such as financial planning, and it provides practical guidelines such as a "map of your retirement journey" for the practical aspects of life we want to consider when we plan. But the main thing, and the thing that I think makes this a PARACHUTE book, is that it talks about the components of life that a human being needs to feel fulfilled, and emphasizes the deeper characteristics that make us human --such as transcendence, wisdom, humanity, justice, courage and temperance. It shows us how to identify our strengths and desires and how to build our future around them.

I think anyone considering retirement, whether soon or far in the future, would be inspired by this book. It speaks to the practical questions we must ask regarding money and planning, but it also does more--it is designed to help you get in touch with your truest underlying purposes, and to tune your planning to your heart's desire---a future that is based on your true nature and your heart's desire.

I highly recommend this book. This book can help us create a retirement that includes not only financial well-being, but also living a meaningful, prosperous, happy life, tailored for our very own heart's desire.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
5Very effective synthesis and practical roadmap
By Robert Shaver
If you are looking for an exceptional introduction, overview and synthesis of key issues you will face in retirement (e.g, financial security, relationships, life expectancy, health, happiness) buy this book. If you want to go beyond filling your bookcase with interesting books, try the exercises, complete the self-assessments and check out a few of the suggested web sites.

I am a 62+ year old male educator preparing for retirement. I loved the first edition. The revisions justify the investment in the revised edition, even if you own the first edition.

For example, one of the new chapters summarizes the most recent research on happiness in retirement - pleasure, engagement and meaning. The chapter is 26 pages plus suggested readings and sources. As an alternative, you could purchase the references and find time to read 2500+ pages of academic research.

I own and have read six of the eight primary references for this chapter. In my opinion, the author has done a remarkable job of distilling and synthesizing key ideas and presenting them in a useful, practical and relevant way. The choice is yours - 26 pages or 2500 pages. You will find a similar experience in each of the other chapters. Enjoy the book - I did.

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