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Episode 5

It’s time to get in touch with our feelings because as we all know, money is deeply tied to our emotions. How does one psychologically prepare for retirement? One of the scariest aspects is how you find a sense of purpose in Life Two, how you’ll fill your time, and how you’ll coordinate activities with your partner. International best-selling author Ernie Zelinski (The Joy of Not Working and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free) tells us how to make plans that transform your mindset from fear to eager anticipation. And later in the show, we get back to managing your finances as you approach Life Two.

00:00 | Opening
01:30 | Intro to Ernie Zelinski: his background
09:00 | Happiness and purpose in retirement: anecdotes
16:10 | Purpose, community, structure, friends
21:30 | A letter from one of Ernie’s readers
25:40 | The Get-a-Life Tree
32:50 | Common elements leading to happiness in retirement
38:50 | Creativity and freedom in retirement: there’s more to life than work
46:40 | Things you can do now
49:10 | There are two people in a marriage
51:40 | Ernie online
54:30 | Don’s personal touch: The Get-a-Life Tree; the minimum standard, success, and the gold standard in this “get set” stage

1:02:46 | End

Music: “The Zeppelin” by Blue Dot Sessions and “Upbeat Party” by Scott Holmes
From the Free Music Archive
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