Talking My Book

Mike Drak

I’M TURNING 70 THIS year, and that’s got me thinking about the legacy I’ll leave behind. Legacy for me involves much more than bequeathing money to the kids. It’s about the contribution I’ve been able to make and the people I’ve helped along the way.

Since retiring, I’ve been on a mission to help folks have a better retirement. This resulted in me co-authoring three books on the subject. In addition to my family, the books and what I do with them will be my legacy.

With that in mind, my plan is to give away the three books for free in exchange for readers posting an honest Amazon review about the books. Why am I asking for reviews?

For me, writing books is really hard and it takes me a long time to finish. I’m not a natural-born writer—more plodder than anything. I can’t tell you the number of times I feel like quitting while working on a book. It’s lonely to spend months and months locked away in my home office. It gets to me sometimes, especially during the summer months, when there are so many things I’d rather be doing.

What keeps me from quitting is reading the reviews posted by readers. I take pride in knowing that the books I co-authored helped someone, and that gives me the strength to get the next book done.

Another benefit I gain from reading reviews—both the good and the bad—is that I learn from them. Yes, there are bad ones, and I’m pretty sure one was written by my ex. Here’s a brief overview of the three books I’m offering:

Victory Lap Retirement. If you were intrigued by the ICE, or “I’ll continue earning,” approach to retirement that Jonathan Clements recently wrote about, you’ll enjoy this book. In it, we introduce a new model of retirement based on a combination of work and play that’s built on a foundation of financial independence.

Retirement Heaven or Hell. This book coaches you on how to successfully shift into retirement and avoid the stress that comes with this huge life change. It also outlines the nine key principles for a happy, healthy, fulfilling retirement.

Longevity Lifestyle by Design. After reading this book, you’ll understand what causes retirement shock and how it can be avoided. It’ll also teach you how to create a unique retirement lifestyle that’ll work for you.

Once you decide which book you’d like to read—you can read all three if you like—email me at and I’ll send you an electronic copy. The rest is up to you.

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