Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way
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Listening Length 6 hours and 53 minutes
Author Tanja Hester
Narrator Tanja Hester
Audible.com Release Date February 12, 2019
Publisher Hachette Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B07N8GRLCP
Best Sellers Rank #26,755 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#32 in Retirement Planning (Audible Books & Originals)
#64 in Budget Travel Guides
#78 in Money Management & Budgeting

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Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019
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Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3-Part book if you want to remain open-minded about your financial future
By rich & REGULAR on February 28, 2019
In Part 1, Tanja starts off by explaining what Early Retirement/"Work Optional" life is and challenging you to imagine who you are without work. If you 're stuck, she gives you the cheat code to get unstuck through a series of exploratory questions. You can tell she used to be a consultant because her questions are empathetic in nature, but not wimpy. They make you confront the fact that your current lifestyle and your ideal one may be at odds. The good news is, you probably don't have to wait until retirement to reconcile some of that! In our opinion, the book is worth that act of self-discovery alone.

Part 2 is all about planning and this is where thangs got REAL. Tanja doesn't shy away from the fact that none of us have a crystal ball. Instead, she explains how to introduce flexibility into your plan through a number of continencies. She puts all the uncomfortable out in the open where it can be resolved. We also loved how she took the most mundane financial products and gave us a reason to care about them by explaining the tangible benefits in both the short AND long term. We've been in the Accumulation stage of Early Retirement for several years and this section gave us a lot to think about. Turns out, we still have work to do!

Part 3 was probably our favorite. It's where she talks about the Big Leap and all the things you need to think about in your final months of traditional employment. We loved the emphasis on spiritual and mental wellness. Tanja reminds us that Health Insurance and employer-match 401ks aren't the only things that are tightly wound to our jobs. Work provides so many emotional rewards like positive feedback and social/intellectual engagement and you don't magically just stop needing those things. Post-retirement, you really have to figure out a way to build a life that still checks those boxes and she walks you though some actionable steps.

Overall, this was a FANTASTIC book and one that we'll reference many many mannnny times over the years as a textbook. Highly recommend!
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Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
Reviewed in Canada on April 1, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Für jeden der seine finanzielle Zukunft in die Hand nehmen möchte
Reviewed in Germany on February 27, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Für jeden der seine finanzielle Zukunft in die Hand nehmen möchte
Reviewed in Germany on February 27, 2021
Ich habe mich für das Hörbuch (Audio-CD) entschieden. Diese wurde schnell und gut verpackt von Amazon.com aus den U.S.A geliefert.

Die Autorin Tanja Hester vermittelt im Buch bzw. dem Audiobook sehr einfach und anschaulich finalwissenschaftliche Grundlagen bis zu individuellen Lebensmodellen. Die Struktur ist seht einfach und logisch aufgebaut. Das Buch richtet sich an erfahrene sowie absolute Anfänger, welche sich für das Thema interessieren. Mir gefällt die offene und Ehrliche Art wie Tanja über Ihre Finanzen, Ängste aber auch ihre gesteckten Ziele spricht. Dies motiviert zum nachahmen. Der Leser oder Zuhörer wird durch digitale Inhalte, welche separat abrufbar sind aktiv bei der Umsetzung unterstützt.

Primär richtet sich das Buch an Menschen mit einem Lebensmittelpunkt in den U.S.A. Jedoch können viele Denkweisen bzw. Ansichtsweisen auch für Deutschland und anderen Länder adaptiert werden.

Für jeden der sich für finanzielle Bildung interessiert ein gutes Sachbuch der dem Leser neue Einblicke gibt.
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