Book Review: Work Less, Live More

Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement
The subtitle of this book is, “The Way to Semi-Retirement” although I read an earlier edition which was subtitled, “The New Way to Retire Early.” From reading the editorial reviews it appears the second edition contains more information for late bloomers and more about health care but is otherwise the same.

This book deals a lot with the psychological side or retiring early as well as the financial aspects of early retirement. The author has advice on living below your means, putting your investing on autopilot, how to take 4% forever, and stop worrying about taxes. This is mostly standard personal financial advice with a few small twists but it is good advice and helpful for those who don’t already know it.

The chapters that focus on the psychological aspect of retiring early will probably be more beneficial for those who are already knowledgeable about personal finance. Chapter titles include, figuring out why you want to retire early, do anything you want but do something, don’t blow it, and make your life matter. That gives you a pretty good idea of the subjects covered.

Personally I didn’t find this book all that helpful but that might be because I was already have the early retirement mindset and am knowledgeable about the personal finance topics covered. Judging from the reviews many people have found this book very helpful to their early retirement planning. If you are looking for a “how-to” type of early retirement book than this is probably not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a “why” and “what” type of early retirement book than this book is probably what you are looking for.