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Retirement can be more fulfilling and exciting than you ever thought...

  • Feb 6, 2010
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I'm not *quite* to the stage of retirement, but it's definitely getting to the point where I can make it out on the horizon. And my thoughts have started to wander to the "and what will I do next?" series of questions. Robert and Patricia Gussin have a book titled What's Next . . . For You?: The Gussin Guide to Big Changes, Big Decisions, and Big Fun that walks you through what they went through to answer that question... life decisions that weren't expected, but that they had the courage to embrace and run with. I can only hope that I'm willing to be open to those same types of opportunities that will no doubt come up for me also.

Patricia is a physician and Robert was a chief scientific officer for a global firm in their professional lives. But like most couples that both have high-powered careers, the stress and time demands started wearing them down. Their adventures in following new paths began when they decided, mainly on a whim, to purchase some beach property in an area that they both enjoyed visiting. What was to be a "future investment" and eventual beachside cottage turned out to be a six bedroom home built shortly after they bought the property. So much for savings and no mortgage. But this habit of following and doing what they loved continued on. They ended up purchasing a small vineyard in New Zealand, as well as becoming authors and running a small independent book publishing company. In nearly all cases, they didn't know much of anything about what they were going to do, but they knew enough to ask for help and surround themselves with quality people. So now, at a time when most "retirees" would be slowing down and downsizing, they're living a life they love with never-ending adventures and opportunities.

What's Next . . . For You? is not a "do this, do this, do this" type of methodology cookbook. In fact, you could almost label it a memoir of sorts. But what's important is their underlying message that opportunities and adventure are out there, and "retirement" does not have to mean playing bingo or bridge with your friends all day (assuming that's all you can afford to do). This book rekindled my desire to keep working on those things outside my chosen profession that make me happy as well as bringing in side income. There's a real chance that those activities could be parleyed into something more, something that would make my retirement far more exciting and fulfilling than my "regular job" ever was.

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What's Next.For You? is the incredible story of Robert and Patricia Gussin, two 'retirees' who watched with glee as long, successful careers in science and medicine gave way to writing, publishing, and winemaking.

Much more than a memoir and anything but a how-to-start-a-business manual, What's Next.For You? is a clear, easy-to-understand guide to reinventing yourself from real experts-two people who did it themselves and lived to tell the glorious tale.

Through the engaging, first-person, he said/she said narrative, Robert and Patricia Gussin deliver an inspirational guide filled with advice on why it's never too late to reinvent yourself, and why doing what you love (and loving what you do) is always within reach.

A must-read tale of joyfully switching gears, changing careers, and overcoming 'paralysis by analysis,' What's Next.For You? takes the mystery out of that all-too-common question of how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

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ISBN-10: 1933515732
ISBN-13: 978-1933515731
Author: Robert Gussin
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing

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