Why early retirement is for the birds

Early retirement advice abounds in books, magazines, and blogs of all shapes and sizes. Everyone seems to have figured out “the secret” to exit of the rat race early and begin that life of leisure that we all dream of. With everyone doing it, why not me?

I believe that if you stop for a moment and evaluate the benefits and weigh the challenges of retiring early, you may not remain so enamored.

First and foremost as we have stressed in Retirement-Only the Beginning since day one, you need to plan ahead to realize a satisfying retirement. If you exit the working world at age 30 or 35 or 40, you have that much more planning to do on the front end.

Have you thought about what it will take to entertain yourself and maintain a happy, healthy retired life for another 30-40 years?

Well I have – take a look at the my weekly blog Why early retirement is not for everyone and let’s see just how ready you really are…


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Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.

3 thoughts on “Why early retirement is for the birds

  1. I left a comment on the US news post. Good points for the people who function well in a corporate setting. If you like structure and the social aspect at work, then early retirement probably isn’t for you. These days, most people does not want to socialize with co-workers though. It’s true! 🙂

  2. Dave, hope ya don’t mind but I may track back to this with some answers in my blog……..Ive heard the hue and cry (especially about how will I entertainmy self) a few times this week.

  3. I think early retirement is something that is out the window for many. 5 years ago it might have been a possibility for some but in these days you have to be really smart with your investments in order to retire safely.

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