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The Soft Side of Retirement – Fritz Gilbert, The Retirement Manifesto

Today on our retirement podcast, we welcome The Retirement Manifesto to discuss the Fire movement and how people striving for to be financially independent and retire early can benefit by planning for the soft side of retirementt.

Fritz Gilbert is a corporate commodity trader, aspiring philosopher and lifelong financial hobbyist who is on the cusp of early retirement at 55. Fritz and his wife recently sold their primary home and moved into a cabin in the North Georgia mountains as part of their downsizing strategy for retirement. Fritz created his blog, The Retirement Manifesto , a canvas for helping people achieve a great retirement, to share their lessons learned during their journey. The Retirement Manifesto focuses on practical Financial Independence and Retirement Planning issues for folks within ten years of retirement.

You've done the math. You know you can retire early. But are you prepared for the soft side of retirement? Fritz Gilbert shares his advice. Click To Tweet

Wise Quote:

On the Importance of Purpose in Retirement:

“I wrote, for probably the first 6 to 12 months, probably 80% of my articles were around that side of it but as I started reading more and thinking more and discovering more what I discovered was that it’s the non-financial side that dictates for most people how successful their transition into retirement’s going to be. If you read the studies and the surveys about people that struggle on that transition into retirement, it’s really normally not the financial side. It’s the fact that they haven’t given enough consideration and really deep, serious thought about what they want their purpose to be, what’s going to fill their day, what’s going to get them up in the morning, use whatever phrase you want to use but for the first time in your life you’re responsible for filling your day with something that brings meaning and purpose.

Retirement Manifesto Posts Discussed on the Podcast 

Be A Perennial

The Ten Commandments of Retirement 


Stay around and listen to Denis and Joe discuss the article Design a Retirement That Excites You by Jeff Giesea – Harvard Business Review (11/2015)




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  1. Thanks for the honor of appearing on your show, guys. It was great talking with you, trust we created some content which will be of value to your listeners!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Fritz. Very much enjoyed it and there are some great takeaways for our listeners. The activity jar exercise with your spouse is just one of the great ideas for people to try.

  3. Roma says:

    First time listener to this podcast , will definitely be back. Great interview Fritz @retirementmanifesto. I totally agree with your perennial analogy – off to read your post.

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  5. Steveark says:

    Enjoyed the podcast! I’m a big fan of Fritz’s and have been slightly early retired for 3 years. I have a couple of main paid side gigs and a couple of main volunteer ones and I’ve found that while the volunteer work feels important and useful it doesn’t satisfy my need to be relevant like the paid activities. Do you think this “need” to get paid for work is typical? Money is not an issue, I already have much more than I need.

  6. admin says:

    Thanks for the comment and great question. We feel that the “need” to get paid is not atypical as there are many options for the type of work people can choose from. However, work in retirement tends to be less about the money and more about recognition, contribution and personal satisfaction. We recommend thinking about what the difference between the volunteer work and the paid work is for you. It may give you a clearer picture of what’s most important.

  7. Retirement Wisdom says:

    Thanks Roma. Much appreciated.
    – Joe Casey

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