Fan Mail and Media
Over the years many individuals have contacted me by letter, e-mail, and phone about
how they have experienced renewal and personal growth as a result of reading one of my books. My books have
also been reviewed in many publications too numerous to name.
This is one of my favorite e-mails that I received:
Been reading your books forever Ernie!
I still have them on my bookshelf and frisk my
guests on the way out so they won't be "borrowed".
— Brenda Thompson, Nova Scotia, Canada
Here are the latest e-mails that I received about my books. Most of the letters and e-mails I receive
are about either The Joy of Not
Working or How to Retire Happy,
Wild, and Free.
----- Original Message
From: Marilyn G.
To: Ernie Zelinski at Vipbooks
Sent: Sun, August 15, 2010 3:41:11 PM
Hello Mr. Zelinski,
Thank you so much for your wonderful
to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
am on p. 216 and getting close to the end. I will be 65 on Aug 20
and, at present time, am laid off from a large corporation. There
is a good indication that I will soon be re-employed as a
I have an autistic son who is 40 and is living
with me, so I need a little more $$ to retire. Hopefully, will be
retiring at 67 or maybe sooner!
One of the big benefits of reading your book
is actually doing those healthful things that make my life much
I eat well but did not exercise until
yesterday. 2 miles of brisk walking. Will continue. I have $$ saved
and a small monthly annuity plus SS and no mortgage or CC balance.
So indications are good that I will be in great shape.
Keep up the good work. Just think of all those
people who you have saved from a life of misery.
Marilyn and Jason G.
This message was posted on my Facebook Page.
I have read your books on retirement and I thank
you for those.
But I am stuck. I have worked steadily since
college. I have achieved the "dream".
At 52 I have an executive position in a fortune 500
company, make a crazy salary and own my own home outright on an 5 amazing acres in
Blythewood, SC. I am terrified of retiring, I have established no friends outside of
work and am not sure I could make new ones.
My wife and I have "a couple million" in
financial assets but I worry constantly that no one would leave a job like mine in this
economy or that we might run out of money.
My wife, Karen, is 56 and has nailed your
philosophy. She retired at 50, six years ago and has created her own life. We both
survived cancer 4 years ago (yep same year) and my wife turned her life around with
that experience and is the definition of
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and
I appreciated every day for a year or so after I
beat cancer but I am now back engulfed in the work world. I want to step out of the
race and enjoy the best years of my life but I am completely caught up in the daily
grind of big business.
To the point where I fear I have become addicted to
all it entails. I want out — is there any hope?
Can I really figure out what to do with these extra
65+ hours a week when I am not working?
Can I make friends not related to my
Thanks again for you books and
----- Original Message ----
To: Ernie Zelinski
Sent: Mon, July 12, 2010 3:17:24 PM
I bought your retirement
about 5 years ago. It is now dogearred, highlighted, and generally a
mess! It was a salvation.
Every ounce of advice I got about retirement before that focused on money. Your
book made me focus on the life I wanted. It was all about looking for the
"essence" of what enriched me. Once I got over losing a bundle in the "downturn"
of the economy,
I simply forged on with the plan your book helped me make. and retired
anyway. (You should see my [Get-a-Life] tree. I used Inspiration
software to create it and keep it up still).
We ended up in an old double wide on a wild river in north Florida.
Nature is here all the time. I made friends and find great joy in
a no-traffic fishing village. We will never be surrounded by condos or golf
courses as we are in the heart of a National Forest 20 miles from a grocery
store. Shopping is greatly reduced when you have to go that far to shop!
I sing, paint, swim, bird, garden and generally fill the days successfully.
We travel in our used camper and boat in a vampy old pontoon. I avoid
anything that is destructive to joy.
I clearly am reaching my retirement goal to become an eccentric- you said I had to
have a goal and there it is. As far as a purpose, it is to engage others joyfully
and provide small kindnesses. As far as big purposes go, no way--I "gave at the
office" for 43 years.
The money is taking care of itself. We just spend less that we take in each
month. Might mean resetting the heat or AC for a week, taking cool showers,
eating in or going to free entertainment instead of that which costs a lot. So
what. I grow food and make 2 meals out of one night out. It all works. When
it's gone, it's gone. Hopefully, I'll be gone, too. If not, well we do have the
So, keep up the good work. I recommend your book to everyone I care about - retired or
Here is one of the latest e-mails that I received about another one of my books. It is from Rolando Feitó in Cuba.
----- Original Message -----
To: vip books (at) telus ( dot) net
Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 11:37 PM
Subject: To Mr. Ernie J. Zelinski
Dear Mr. Ernie Zelinski,
Allow me to introduce myself, I am Rolando Feitó,
I found reflected myself in your book, I am a Cuban, and live here in Cuba, and after many years working for the
Gov. entity, having no time even to share with my little
daughter, I understood that I can work as a freelance. even here in my country,
where, unfortunatelly, everything you do can be unlegal, and the private iniciative is
not stimulated by the Gov. I am 49 years old, but I am not afraid to start again, and
your book encourage me a lot,
I want to thank you for your life style approach, that really help me in
taken some decision,
Next summer I will travel to Russia, I have a son there, and I will try
to get your book
The Joy of Not Working, unfortunatelly I can not get it
from here, and we have no free access to internet,
Thank you again for your helpful advises in your book,
Best wishes in this 2010 year, the best for you and your family,
Here is another one of the latest e-mails that I received about another one of my books. It is from
Rolando Feitó in Argentina.
----- Original Message -----
From: Alejandro Cantoia
To: Ernie Zelinski
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2010 5:29 PM
Subject: Att. Sr. Ernie Zelinski / from a fan
Hello Mr. Zelinski,
My name is Alejandro,
I'm from Argentina.
Maybe my english is not the best, but through this mail I gonna try to express my
admiration to you.
I've been reading selfhelp books since I was 18. (I'm 30 years old now).
I read "101 cosas que ya sabes, pero siempre olvidas", And it was the best book I
ever read. Actually it has many thoughts similar to mines, and because of that, I said to
myself; "I shoud meet this man"
It would be a dream to meet you. I beg you to keep me in touch about your conferences
and the places they will take place. I dare to say that I will do the best to get in
touch with you.
Congratulations about your success. Men like you deserve it !
Click the links below to read the various letters and e-mail
that have been sent to me about my various books and some of the excerpts from reviews
about my books.
- Cafe Les Principes de Zelinski
Cafe Les Principes de Zelinski: A place for young people to meet
- The Bible Beats Out the World's Best Retirement Book
The Bible Beats Out the World's Best Retirement Book: A Letter from a Reader Comparing The World's Best Retirement Book to the Bible: This letter via e-mail was sent to me on August 2, 2008 by Richard Thibeault of Pointe Claire, Quebec.
- I Think You Are Great
A Letter from a Reader in Cape Town, South Africa, After Reading The Joy of Not Working, Stating, "I Think You Are Great! For the last 2 yrs I'd been toying with the idea of leaving my corporate job as a Private Banker, as a single parent it seemed crazy for me to want to give up a "great" job - but I started writing a journal to express how I was feeling at those "something's gotta give" moments, so that I could see how often I felt overwhelmed and overworked to convince myself it wasn't going to get better.
- Quill and Quire - Zelinski's Way
Ernie Zelinski's Favorite Article by the Media about Himself - Quill and Quire Magazine Article: Zelinski's Way - Successful Self-Publisher Eyes U.S. Market for His Book How to Retire
- The Entrepreneur and the Fisherman
The Entrepreneur and the Fisherman: In my book The Lazy Person's Guide to Success I used a story about an entrepreneur and a fisherman that I have included on this webpage. Not so long ago I received an e-mail from Mark Albion, an author whose work I was aware of through reading entrepreneurial magazines. I was not aware of the connection between him and the story about the entrepreneur and the fisherman, however.
- Early Retirement Poem about The Joy of Not Working
An Early Retirement Poem about The Joy of Not Working That Should Have Been Written by Ernie Zelinski, But Wasn't!
- Leisure Is the National Sport of Greece
People in Greece Like The Joy of Not Working: A Greek Who Believes Leisure is Greece's National Sport - and the Only Thing Greeks Are Good At!
- No Real Job in 20 Years
No Real Job in 20 Years and Out of Cor-Pirate America: The following e-mail was sent to me by Brant Wilson in September, 2009: I like the way Brant refers to Corporate American as Cor-Pirate America: Being unemployed is the true test of who you really are: — from The Joy of Not Working
- Job Loss Is a Golden Opportunity
Job Loss Is a Golden Opportunity According to a Reader of "The Joy of Not Working:" Here is how the e-mail starts: "Another co-worker and I had the great good fortune of being laid off at the end of June. We decided that we were the lucky ones. Only after we were out of the negative work environment did we realize how much stress we had been carrying and how exhausted we were. It took a couple of weeks of rest, good nutrition, and tender loving care from friends before I felt human again and didn't ache all over. Plus it took a while to file for unemployment benefits and to get back to the job-hunting game."
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