MPHPL Reviews ... "Retire Inspired" by Chris Hogan

MPHPL Reviews ... "Retire Inspired" by Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan knows a thing or two about retirement.  Not that he has reached this stage of life personally – as an instructor in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and a member of the Ramsey Solutions team, he has counselled hundreds of individuals and families on planning for their retirement.  Hogan’s new book, Retire Inspired, lays out all he has learned on how one should prepare for retirement and he is happy to share his plan with us.

"Plan" is the key word in Hogan’s message.  No matter our age, we must develop a plan for retirement.  According to Hogan, "Retirement is not an old person thing; it’s a smart person thing."  And smart people plan!

Hogan offers a number of tools to assist in planning your retirement, starting with his R:IQ (Retire Inspired Quotient) quiz.  From there, he leads readers through the pitfalls of debt, explains how to incorporate Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps into your retirement planning, and offers easy-to-understand sections outlining specific types of investments and insurance products, including their risks.  He is encouraging and non-judgmental, even when describing clients in their 60s who still did not have a retirement plan or retirement savings.  For everyone, he has the same simple advice:  "Get Started Now!"

Retire Inspired should be required reading for all ages.  But, if you are a baby boomer, the message is particularly relevant.  Hogan reminds us to dream, to plan, and then to work towards our retirement.  Because, ultimately, how we retire is up to us!

Review by Susie Cleaver 
Reference Librarian 
Harris Branch

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