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By now, you’re hopefully aware that my new book, Keys to a Successful Retirement, is launching on May 5th!  

Today, I’m launching a FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY to three lucky readers!  This is your only opportunity to get a copy of the book from me before the May release date, so I encourage you to enter the giveaway. I’m also sharing a free sneak peek of what’s inside in today’s post.  If you’d like a free copy of my book, today’s post is for you!

I’m giving away 3 Free Pre-Release copies of my new book, Keys to a Successful Retirement! The deadline is 4/10, so enter today! Click To Tweet

All you have to do to win a free copy of my book is:

Leave a comment on this post answering this question:  “What do you think is the most important key to a successful retirement?”

The deadline for responses is this Friday, April 10th at 5:00 pm EST.  Winners will be notified on Saturday, 4/11.

Even if you enter the contest,  I encourage you to consider pre-ordering the book here (Amazon affiliate link).  We’re hoping to get as many pre-orders as possible to increase the ranking of this book at it’s May 5th release. Your help is appreciated.

I believe this book will help many people achieve a great retirement (my byline). The book has been a big part of my life over the past 6 months, and I sincerely hope my labor will impact people for good.  If you’d like more insight into the background of the book, read my post announcing the launch of the book.

While you wait until May 5th to read the entire book, my publisher has agreed for me to share several sneak peeks with you.  Today is the first, with another planned before the May 5th release.

Today, in the first sneak peek into Keys to a Successful Retirement, an introduction into what this book is all about. Click To Tweet

With that…here’s how the book begins:

You’re standing on the cusp of a new horizon, a journey to a place you’ve never been. It’s been a tough road to get here, and you should be proud for making it this far. As you start this book, allow me to offer you a sincere congratulations for a job well done. You’ve conquered many milestones as you’ve put yourself into the place where retirement is now a reality. You’ve paid attention to the financial side of things, saved as much as possible and “paid yourself first” for decades.

You’re ready to go.

The road ahead, however, is nothing like the road you’ve traveled thus far. You’re likely a bit curious at this point about what lies ahead, perhaps even a bit apprehensive. I know I was. You know things are going to be different, but you don’t really know how different they’ll be. If I had to summarize the difference in one word, I’d choose…


A Freedom unlike anything you’ve experienced since before you started school as a young child. For the past 50+ years, you’ve had other people telling you what to do. Your teacher, your coach, your boss.

That stops now.

Welcome to a coffee break that will last for the rest of your life. In fact, that first cup of coffee on your first morning of retirement will be one of the best cups of coffee you’ve ever had in your life.

You’re about to experience a new level of freedom that is both exhilarating and intimidating. A future that you have the freedom to shape. A future that can be anything you choose for it to be, along with the personal responsibility that comes with having to make that choice.

What do you want your life to be? That’s a tough question to answer, and I’d be willing to bet you’re going to be asking yourself that question a lot over the days ahead. It’s a question only you can answer, and it’s an answer that will only happen if you make it happen.

You hold in your hands a roadmap for a journey that will last the rest of your lifetime. A roadmap to help you rest assured that you won’t run out of money. More importantly, a roadmap to help you determine what you want to make of your retirement – and of your life. It’s a map that’s been drawn by the thousands of people who have walked this journey ahead of you. This journey is unlike any you’ve taken before and one which no one can understand until they’ve ridden a few miles down this strange new road called retirement. This book will help you navigate through the curves up ahead, and help to ensure that you’ll enjoy the ride.

I’ve been writing about this journey every week for the past five years at The Retirement Manifesto , an online blog I founded to share our experience as we prepared for and transitioned into retirement. I’ve learned a lot through the experience and am excited to compile the most valuable learnings into this book. My goal is to provide some wisdom to smooth your transition, with the ultimate goal of helping people achieve a great retirement.  For some, retirement is an individual undertaking.  For others, it involves input and shared decision-making with a partner.  My wife, Jackie, has been integral in my retirement journey, and as such, within this book I often include advice and example that include more than simply my point of view.

To start, let me give you a glimpse of the first few curves you’re going to face on this road we call retirement. When you first leave The Starting Line, you’re going to feel an exhilaration you haven’t felt since that Spring Break in college when you and a carload of friends headed south to whatever beach was “in” that year. You’ve completed your Final Exam, and you’re FREE.

I recall like yesterday the smile that seemed to be frozen on my face for the first month of my retirement. “I don’t have to go to work again, EVER!”, was a common thought. The Freedom of no alarm clock after decades of waking up at 5:30 am to beat the morning commute into the city. Not only do I no longer have to deal with the alarm clock, I don’t even have to deal with a commute! 

For the first three to six months of retirement, you’ll likely be knocking off a lot of items on a “to-do” list around the house. You’ll still have that smile, and you’ll be feeling some satisfaction at the things you’re completing. However, this phase will eventually end. There are only so many things that need done around the house, and eventually you’ll have completed the list.

At about the one-year mark, I want you to pull this book back off your shelf. (Go ahead and make a calendar entry now to remind yourself. I’ll wait…).  It’s at that point in your retirement that the words you’re about to read will become most important. It’s hard to describe, but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you take that turn in the road. There’s a point in your retirement where you realize that this is your new reality. This is now your life. You’ll likely get more introspective than you’ve been in a long time, and that’s a good thing.

That’s when I’m asking you to read this book again.

If you want to get the maximum benefit from this book, I’d offer the following suggestion.

  • Start applying some of the lessons in this book as you read them over the coming days.
  • Buy a notebook, and start writing things down.
  • Buy a yellow highlighter, and mark the heck out of this book as you read it the first time.

Enjoy that first cup of coffee on your first morning of retirement.  You’ve certainly earned it. Most of the big ideas take a while to simmer. The longer you give them to simmer, the better this coffee will taste.

Then, when you hit that sharp turn about a year up the road, come on back and have another look at the map you’re holding in your hands at this very moment. This map is the most I can offer to help you on your journey.

The rest is up to you.


So…you’ve now read the first 1,000 words of my book!  If you like what you just read, please enter to win a free copy of my book by leaving a comment below on what you believe is the most important key to a successful retirement.  If you don’t win, please consider pre-ordering here (Amazon affiliate link).  What the heck, you could order it even if you think you’re going to win a free copy.  If you end up being lucky and winning the book, you could always give a copy away to someone who could benefit, right?  After all, that’s exactly what I’m doing today.  Wink.

Good luck winning a free copy of my book.  I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the most important key to a successful retirement.  (Note, I suspect there will be more “comments” than normal in today’s post, so I’m not planning to answer all of them as I usually do.  I trust you understand).


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