About the Author

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.

Candid feedback and thousands of comments from readers has given him a unique glimpse into the realities and challenges that all retirees will ultimately face, inspiring his book I Want To Retire! – Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be.

His other books include Are you Just Existing and Calling it a Life? and Navigating the Retirement Jungle.

He recently published his first venture into fiction with Tales from Technology Gone Wild, a collection of four creepy short stories.

Dave was 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 has been quoted in various articles and magazines including The Times of India, Prevention Magazine and Erickson Tribune.

Dave lives in sunny California with his wife, two cats, and a passion for the San Jose Sharks hockey team.

34 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Dave, I found your site on Bill Birnbaum’s Adventure Retirement blog. Great site you have hear. People get an earful of financial planning for retirement and almost no lifestyle advice. Glad to see some people are trying to fill that niche.

    I added you site to my blog roll on Being Retired. I’m just beginning the site. It’s only about six months old. I’m only a month into my retirement, but I want to not only document my journey and experience, but offer a little advice. I would humbled if you would add my link to you roll.

    By the way, I am also a Sharks fan. Looking forward to hoisting the cup in 2011!

    • Dan – an excellent choice for a retirement “career”. I have fished the Eastern Sierra with my dad many times from a tube and if there is a more beautiful place to chase the elusive native trout, I have not found it. Enjoy your retirement and I may reach out to you should I need direction on a little trout fix in the future.

  2. Hi Dave,

    So great to have found your blog via our connection on Twitter. I have been retired for a year now after a 32 year career as a firefighter. So nice to be in control of time now! One thing I have learned is that I seem to either have money, or time, but never both. With my oldest daughter getting married in August, a son in college, and my youngest in high school, there are certainly more expenses on the horizon.
    So many people are not where they want to be financially, even those who invested for many years.
    It’s sad really…but there are options.
    I’m looking forward to visiting your blog often and may I say it is great to meet you.
    Best regards,
    Bill

    • Good to meet you Bill. My son just graduated in June and my daughter a year prior so woo hoo! Now I realize that I need to start putting aside $$ for the eventual wedding which is hopefully a ways down the road! It never ends but I feel that as long as we are helping to build sane, productive future generations we are investing well. Enjoy the blog and good luck! – Dave

  3. Hi Dave,
    Like your new site. I’m already there and I’m enjoying it. Do some volunteer work and love being at the beach every day now. Stay in touch and if you get over to the beach, let’s have lunch.
    Sal

  4. I am adding this to my links of my favorites. My readers often leave through the links and I think you are on the right track. Just remember, retirement is not a destination…it is just a small change in the itinerary. I am very experienced and have talked to many retiree and wannabe retirees. The path is well marked and people seem to just follow the sign posts with out much thought. I find the patterns they follow to all be very similar.

    b

  5. Hey Dave,

    Your blog is very insightful and definitely encourages me to start planning a retirement now. I want to retire early as well, like around my early to mid 30s – I’m currently 22. For a class assignment, I recently read your article “Why Early Retirement is Not for Everyone” and it really made me wonder, if early retirement is really right for me or not. I see that the later generations seem to want to retire early whereas the earlier ones want to postpone their retirement. As an expert in this field, I would like to know what’s your insight on this?

    - Leila

  6. Hi Dave, my husband and I retired 6 years ago and just recently started a blog to chronicle our new life. Please feel free to take a peek and see what we are up to. I’ve added you to my blogroll and will check in often. Good work.

  7. Hallo Dave,
    You talk about retiring as if it was something to be apprehensive about – why? I am fast approaching 68 and have been retired since I was sixty. Apart from putting my finances in order for my retirement, I have never really given this phase of my life much thought. I have children and grandchildren, I have worked all my life and have also had a great deal of interests outside these spheres. For me retirement was just another phase in life and one in which I could do all the things I enjoyed whenever I wanted to. I have always loved writing and now I have made this into a second career, but on my terms. I am my own boss and I take time off without asking anyone else.
    If you approach retirement with apprehension you will never enjoy it. Even if the finances are not all that they should be, remember that you went to school and learnt to write. Use this ability to top up your finances occasionally and find yourself in the centre of life and really living.
    Good Luck to everyone on the threshhold to retirement.

    Jean kotzur

    • Hi Jean and thanks for your comment. Actually I look forward to retiring and doing all the things I have always wanted to but could not because of the job and other requirements. I believe that to have the best retirement it is important to prepare beyond just the financial side of things. I want to have identified what I am most passionate about so my days are fulfilling and exciting. You mention writing – definitely one of my passions. With my blog I often hear from retirees who are bored or unhappy in their retirement life and I think a bit more preparation may have helped them to realize a better retired life. But as long as I keep myself engaged and trying new things I look forward to retiring. After all, it is only the beginning! :)

  8. Wow Dave what a great encouragement for those of us approaching the golden years! Great job on this site and I’ll look forward to more insightful perspectives! Thanks.

  9. Hi Dave

    So glad to have found your website. I have been looking for this kind of thing for a while. I finished working some years ago, although I have only just reached official retirement age, and for some time I did find the transition from full time work to lady of leisure more problematic than I had expected.

    I guess I hadn’t really factored in what I was “losing” in addition to a monthly salary. Creating a sense of purpose to replace the imposed sense of purpose that work gives is something that I have long felt is a key to a happy retirement. I shall look forward to sharing experiences here. I write a daily inspiration blog at soulsnet and that is largely inspired by this need to share common experiences and learn from one another.

    I look forward to staying in touch.
    Corinne

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  14. I just came across your site and am happy to see that someone is so thoroughly covering important retirement issues. It is one topic that I need to cover more on my own blog. Thanks for the great resource and feel free to stop by and say hi.

  15. I found your blog via your recent article from US News and World Report which was posted on Yahoo “Don’t Delay Retirement”. I loved the article. Have you given in any thoughts to posting about the decision process that goes into actually “pulling the trigger” on early retirement? I’m going through that myself right now and working with spreadsheets to determine when we can really cover our expenses with pension , investments and future social security. Psychologically I feel fully ready.

  16. At 69 1/2, I’m satisfied to have no plans to retire, even though I’ve been the 401(k) guy for three employers. Better to keep working as long as the body and mind, or one of the two, last.

    As a war baby, I’ll probably have even more opportunities to work as the self-centered baby-boom crowd gallups off to Costa Rica, Baja California and other mythological retirement havens.

    Society is better off to have its citizens continue in the scrum of work, and be productive, than it is to have millions with little to do but plan their medical appointments around their vacations.

    Come what may, work.

    Daniel P. Doyle

  17. Dave,
    Thank you for and sharing inspirational thoughts and conveying positive motions. Thanks to great retirement websites such as yours, I look forward to embracing my final and best life’s journey commencing in October-2014. My goal is to enjoy and have fun every day and try to inspire other fellow voyagers to do the same. My plans include: daily spiritual reflections and gratitude for the blessings received throughout life; daily exercise; geezer softball; community involvement in charitable and political organizations; focusing on my spouse and best/loving friend of 42 years, returning to academic studies for courses in psychology and philosophy, in short living and enjoying life.
    Thanks again, for providing such great inspiration.
    Regards,
    Jack F

  18. Thank you Dave. I’m looking forward to reading more of your material. I appreciate that your audience (and mine) can easily find material about retirement planning that focuses on finances. Yet, what retirees do with their time has to be equally important. Check out the interviews on my website: retire-to.com. Does an interview sound interesting?

    Ed Zinkiewicz
    …and I’m retired

  19. Hi Dave:
    I love your blog posts on US News & World Report. I repost them on Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and sometimes Twitter. I like to share interesting articles with my friends. Also, I have just begun following your personal blog. I am sure it will be just as alluring.

    I have been retired over 3 years and have just realized I “need to work”…but on my terms. I spent 25 years in the public relations and fundraising world and now find that blogging allows me to do a lot of the activities I enjoyed when I worked. I am adding you to my blogroll and hope you might consider adding my site to your list as well.

    I am at http://7thlifetime.com. My writings are about the “Inspirations and Challenges of 21st Century Seniors.” Hope you have the time to visit my site. I am a self-taught webmaster…learning the interesting art of using wordpress as I go along. Lifelong learning is one of my favorite things. I recently completed an online course through Coursera–college level and it’s free!

    There are so many wonderful things to do as a retiree starting in our communities. And if you are fortunate enough to leave near a city the choices are endless. Traveling opens our world to a vast array of interesting destinations. I recently took my Granddaughter to Italy through a Road Scholar Family Trip (formerly Elder Hostel). Wonderful adventure.

    Retirement is great!

  20. Dave: My latest post gives brief reviews of the blogs I follow. I have included your blogs–both of them with links.

    Also thanks for having me on your blog roll I have gotten a number of referrals. Thanks much!!!!

    It’s taking time but my following is building. :)

    Regards,
    Carol

  21. Reading your book, I want to retire. I just turned 65, my count down calendar has 536 days. I have to wait because my wife is a year younger, and insurance is a killer. She thinks I am thinking too much about retirement, but I have been working over 40 years in my career, that’s enough. I believe one can not get too much info on being retired. Your book is great, and fun to read. Appreciate it very much.

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  23. Dave,

    Thank you for all the wonderful insight you give. I’ve read several of your articles on Marketwatch and Yahoo, and you are always spot on. I purposely look for your name now – forget retirement, you need to write more! :)

    I’m almost 58, and I’m studying and trying to determine the age I’ll begin drawing Social Security. I see pros and cons to 62 and 66, and the way I’m leaning depends on the day. Please keep writing so the rest of us can learn from your very good wisdom. You’re very much appreciated.

  24. I really did enjoy the idea of embracing the retired life that you have throughout your blog! I too am working to transition a family of career driven folks into the retirement world! It’s hard work and I often find myself lost in the who, where, what, how, when of it all! I appreciate your direction and candor of the retirement life.
    Until Next Time,
    Life Adventurer @ http://www.livemyretirement.com

  25. I am retiring in 15 days (at age 55!) after 31 years in Calpers from a municipal recreation and leisure services organization. My second act consists of two ideas: one–to provide leisure counseling to retirees and two–to continue teaching part-time at a northern California University. I’d love to follow your blog.

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