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Beyond Work: How Accomplished People Retire Successfully

ISBN: 978-0-470-15835-7
May 2008
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Silences the worry financially successful people have over retirement while offering them exciting new ways to think about and plan for a life after work

Moving beyond the world of work can be an anxious, fearful time for accomplished professionals fraught with uncertainty and indecision. Do I have enough money to live the life I want? Will I be healthy and able to manage any health problems that arise so that I can live the life I want? Will I be lonely? What kind of life do I want to live? These are the pressing questions they ask themselves and seek answers for. Yet most books on retirement focus mainly on the financial aspects of life after work, offering little of value to those who are financially secure. Beyond Work was written for accomplished people who feel financially secure enough to retire, but who are at a loss when it comes to planning their futures. It gives them the tools to think about all the other important aspects of retirement, so they can make a successful transition to and find meaning and satisfaction in retirement.

  • Explores the four challenges that must be met in order to have a fulfilling retirement: financial, physical, social, and personal
  • Packed with inspiring and instructive real-life retirement stories and practical tools that assist readers in making the transition to life after work
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Preface.

Part 1: Life Beyond Work.

Chapter One. As Accomplished People Retire.

Chapter Two. Decades of Change.

Chapter Three. The New Adulthood: Life on Your Terms.

Part 2: The New Adulthood.

Chapter Four. The Financial Domain.

Chapter Five. The Physical Domain.

Chapter Six. The Social Domain.

Chapter Seven. The Personal Domain.

Chapter Eight. Reaping the Rewards.

Appendix One. Typical Budget Categories.

Appendix Two. Checklists for Interviewing a Financial Planner.

Appendix Three. Ten Questions to Ask to Find the Best Doctor for You.

Appendix Four. How Good Are you at Being Social?

Index.

About the Author.

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Like most career-focused people Dr. Bill Roiter had not really thought much about retirement until something happened: many of his clients began to ask him his ideas on the subject. Over the past 30 years Bill, a psychologist, has used his knowledge of human behavior to consult to organizations and to coach their executives. Many of the people Bill has known and worked with over the years are retiring or are contemplating it. Many have asked Bill what they should know and think about as they move beyond their work-focused lives.  Then four years ago Bill's wife retired from her corporate job and focused Bill's attention on the personal, as well as the professional, aspects of this dynamic part of life. This book is the result of Bill's work with these accomplished people.
Bill maintains his own executive coaching practice in the Boston area. In 2004, he coauthored a book with Margaret Butteriss that identified and described Corporate MVPs (Wiley, 2004). He has also owned and sold two businesses, been a vice president for sales and marketing of a publicly traded company, and helped found a venture capital-backed electronic communications company. For the past 12 years Bill has focused his work on coaching executives as they transition to their next challenge.
Bill's professional training includes a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree from Boston University and post-doctoral training and teaching at Harvard University. Bill also teaches executive coaching to professionals looking to develop this expertise.
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