Book Review: Retirement: Your New Adventure

By: Bob Boylan

Author Bob Boylan reminds us that there are many paths we take in life, retirement being one of them. He acknowledges that some people have anxiety, have loss of self-identity and self-worth when life changes after retirement.

He recommends looking forward instead of looking back – in his words: “It’s your choice to decide if your windshield will be bigger than your rearview mirror.” His advice is to become creative and productive, use your strengths to help others and contribute to society as well as the causes you feel strongly about.

Another recommendation is to live life fearlessly. If you want to go on a vacation to a far away paradise, go for it. If you want to take up glass blowing or hiking and you have the agility and stamina by all means give it a try. Retirement isn’t sitting in your easy chair watching TV unless that is what you want it to be. Your path is what makes you happy and what you are physically able to accomplish.

The conclusion is, make your retirement what you want, how you want and relax. This is the start of the newest chapter in your life, make it a great one.

This book was a fast read. It did not provide any new ideas about retirement. Much like the advice of a life coach, Boylan brings to light information that most retirees or those soon to be retired already know. I do not think reading about all the possibilities of retiring he lists speaks to individuals that are questioning his or her plans to retire. It is a personal choice. He is basically saying to keep contributing to society in a way that makes you happy and try new things.

Boylan has written several other self-help books. Each of them focuses on work life, such as making effective presentations, leadership roles and life balance.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Scott Lorenz and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

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