Ernie J. Zelinski
International Best-Selling Author: 
Helping Adventurous Souls Live Prosperous and Free


Ernie J. Zelinski and His Best-Selling Books


Ernie Zelinski in Hawaii on Annual Winter Working Vacation

“Ernie Zelinski helps others find the time to live.”
 Boston Herald

Ernie J. Zelinski is an international best-selling author, innovator, professional speaker, and prosperity life coach who inspires adventurous souls to live prosperous and free. 

Ernie's most recent books are THE BOOK OF SWAGGER: People, Places, and Things That Have Swagger — And Some That Don't! and THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF SWAGGER: 637 Swagger Tips for Super Achievers. The ebook editions on Kindle and iBooks are already available. The print editions will be available on and fine bookstores throughout the Universe on October 15, 2023.

The Book of Swagger

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The Little Black Book of Swagger

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Through his books Ernie inspires adventurous souls to live prosperous and free while making a big difference in this world. His core message — that ordinary people can attain out-of-the-ordinary results and make a difference — is at the heart of his work.

Ernie deeply believes in the powers of creativity and well-intentioned action as the most important elements for how ordinary individuals can attain out-of-the-ordinary personal prosperity and financial freedom.

Ernie recently donated $40,000 to sponsor the annual "The Ernie J. Zelinski $3,000 Award for Individual Creativity" at the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering and the two annual "The Ernie J. Zelinski $2,500 Awards for Individual Creativity" at the University of Alberta School of Business given to students who display "quirky brilliance" in their course work or extracurricular activities. He has also committed to giving another $300,000 to fund these respective awards in perpetuity. Another similar Individual Creativity Award will soon be funded at the downtown Vancouver campus of Simon Fraser Univeristy.

Ernie is the author of the international bestsellers The Joy of Not Working  (over 315,000 copies sold) and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free (over 460,000 copies sold), two life-changing books that have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world live happier and more satisfying lives.

Ernie's third best-selling book is The Lazy Person's Guide to Success — Financial Independence and Personal Freedom Too! It has sold over 110,000 copies and has been published in 11 languges.


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Ernie's highly-acclaimed philosophy about life reaches thousands of individuals a month on his inspirational websites and blogs. Ernie has negotiated over 111 book deals with publishers in 29 countries for his various creative works — which have been published in 22 languages and have sold over 1,100,000 copies worldwide.

Another of Ernie's most recent published book is The Joy of Being Retired: 365 Reasons Why Retirement Rocks — and Work Sucks!


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Ernie Zelinski's Other Recent Creative Works

Look Ma, Life's Easy teaches people how to actively pursue the alluring rewards of their dreams without compromise or apology. Life's Secret Handbook is an unconventional resource for those adventurous souls who need a daily dose of inspiration to follow their dreams and make a big difference in this world.
These are companion books, much like Richard Bach's inspirational novel Illusions (The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah) and the much smaller Messiah's Handbook (Reminders for the Advanced Soul). In similar fashion to Bach's two books, Look Ma, Life's Easy is an inspirational novel and Life's Secret Handbook  is a handbook that forms part of the story in the inspirational novel. The handbook has many more passages, however, than are utilized in the story in the inspirational novel.

Look MaLife's Secret Handbook

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Thousands of individuals have contacted Ernie by phone, e-mail, and regular mail to let him know how they have experienced inner renewal and personal growth as a result of reading one of his blockbuster books.

Feature articles about Ernie and his books have appeared in major North American newspapers including USA TODAY, Oakland Tribune, Boston Herald, The Washington Post, Toronto Star, National Post, Vancouver Sun, and The Wall Street Journal.

Ernie has been interviewed by over 100 radio stations and has appeared on CNN TV’s Financial News, Istanbul TV Network, CBC TV’s Venture, CBC TV's National News, and CTV’s Canada AM.

Ernie speaks on the topics of retirement, unconventional career success, and creativity. He recently made keynote speeches about The Joy of Not Working to over 2,000 executives and scholars at the National Turkish Congress on Quality (Kalder) in Istanbul, Turkey and to 1,200 career experts at the National Career Development Association convention in Orlando, Florida.

Ernie also recently made the opening keynote speech called How to Turn On Your Genius Machine at the Edmonton Toastmaster's 3-day District Convention. 

Things Said about Ernie Zelinski Image

Things That Have Been Said

“This Zelinski guy knows how to write prose that has the potential
to become those old proverbs everyone repeats.”
— Herb Denenberg,
 Philadelphia Evening Bulletin

“Get Ernie J. Zelinski's book [How
to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free] if
you look forward to a retirement with 'zing!' ”
— Nancy Paradis, St. Petersburg Times, Florida

“Take inspiration from the success of Ernie Zelinski.”
 Leslie Whitaker, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Next to the Bible it [How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free]
may be the most inspiring book I have read.”

— Richard Thibeault, Pointe Claire, Quebec

“To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field,
but most focus on money and financial planning. 
They view the finish line as the last day of employment.
That’s where Zelinski's [
retirement book] begins.”
 Jonathan Chevreau, National Post

“I have learned much from Ernie.”
— Azizi Ali, Multimillionaire, Best-Selling Author,
and Professional Speaker

“If he was in a different kind of business, he'd be one of those
 successful entrepreneurs on the covers of magazines.”
— Sharon Budnarchuk, Owner Audrey's Books, Edmonton

The Joy of Not Working by Ernie Zelinski

“Like The Bible, The Joy of Not Working tells you
everything you need to know to resolve your Life
crisis, but doesn’t exclude humor in its presentation.
Check Chapter 7, “Lighting the Fire Rather than Being
Warmed by it”, pages 118-120, for a list of 200
activities for your consideration.”
— Helga Roberts writing on

“Zelinski paints a picture of retirement so appealing
 you will wish you had retired years ago.
He hits topics such as lifelong learning, relocation,
the importance of friendships, and creative travel options.
His seven page list of “activities for your Get-a-Life Tree”
helps get the reader started.”
— The Life Planning Network writing about
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

Retirement Book by Ernie Zelinski 

Kindle Edition of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free on Amazon
U.S. Price $9.97

Companies That Have Purchased 

The World's Best Retirement Book 

in Large Quantity

  • Ford Motor Company 
  • Allstate Financial 
  • Nettworth Financial
  • DWM Securities
  • Drucker Financial Group
  • Manchester Financial 
  • Syncrude Corporation 
  • TD Canada Trust 
  • University of British Columbia Staff Pension Plan
  • City of Calgary
  • Strathcona County 
  • Telus
  • Life Planning Network 
  • Fiscal Wellness


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Author of The World's Best Retirement Book