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

Ernie J. Zelinski and His Best-Selling Books


Bio for Ernie J. Zelinski

Ernie Zelinski in Hawaii on Annual Winter Working Vacation


Ernie Zelinski is an international best-selling author who through his books helps adventurous souls live prosperous and free while making a big difference in this world. 

He is also a prosperity life coach, professional speaker, and unconventional career expert.

Ernie has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals from all walks of life in their career transitions and retirement planning through his international best-selling and life-changing books such as The Joy of Not Working and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. These two books together have sold a total of over 775,000 copies.

Ernie is an innovative ex-corporate worker who was blessed to have been fired from his job as a professional engineer over 20 years ago and to have leveraged his many years of struggles without a real job into a lifestyle of personal and financial freedom that is the envy of the corporate world.

Ernie has dedicated his life to helping individuals create a better work/life balance in their lives and to help them pursue their dream careers.

Ernie's core message — that ordinary people can attain out-of-the ordinary results and make a difference in this world — is at the heart of his work.

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 deeply believes in the powers of creativity and well-intentioned action as the most important elements for personal prosperity and financial freedom.

To prove this, Ernie semi-retired when he was 31 years old and had a net worth of minus $30,000. As a result of his creative efforts working only 4 or 5 hours a day, however, Ernie today is financially well-off and makes a better income than 85 percent of full-time corporate workers.

For what it takes to be an international best-selling author, read the interview with Ernie Zelinski on the Retire by 40 Blog. 

Ernie Zelinski's books — with translations in 22 languages — have changed lives around the globe. Thousands of individuals have contacted Ernie Zelinski by letter and e-mail about how they have experienced renewal and personal growth as a result of reading one of Ernie's blockbuster books.

Ernie's many books have now sold over 1,100,000 copies worldwide and have been published in 29 different countries.

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 foreign languges.


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Other life-changing books by Ernie include Career Success Without a Real Job and 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting.

Look Ma, Life's Easy: How Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Success and Remarkable Prosperity  is an inspirational novel that emphasizes the importance of following The Easy Rule of Life in order that we overcome our self-imposed limitations.

Look Ma


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A Limited Leather Edition of a companion book of inspirational passages and proverbs for Look Ma, Life's Easy is called Life's Secret Handbook (Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in This World.

Life's Secret Handbook

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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'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 published on October 15, 2023.

The Book of Swagger

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The Little Black Book of Swagger

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The Joy of Not Working by Ernie Zelinski

Praise for Ernie and His Life Changing Books

"What a wonderful title: The Joy of Not Working.
Ernie Zelinski's basic message, no matter your career
stage, is get a well-balanced life and quit relying
on your job to define who you are.
It's hard to quibble with Zelinski's live-life-to-the-fullest
message. Those who have drafted a resignation letter
in their heads a thousand times may be motivated
to finally quit an unfilling job."
 Michelle Archer, USA TODAY

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

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

"Career Success Without a Real Job by Ernie J. Zelinski
 reads like a conversation with an old friend.
The book is 'peppered' with quotes from people
like Henry Ford, Jerry Garcia, Mother Teresa and
Mad Magazine that give us an inspiring look into
the mindsets of all these successful people and ideas."
Synchronicity Magazine 

Retirement Book by Ernie Zelinski

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

Companies That Have Used Ernie Zelinski's Services

and/or Purchased His Life Changing Books

  • Ford Motor Company 
  • Turkish National Congress on Quality 
  • Allstate Financial — Purchased 3,750 Copies of How to Retire Happy 
  • Nettworth Financial— Purchased 2,500 Copies of How to Retire Happy 
  • Syncrude Corp. — Purchased 1,840 Copies of How to Retire Happy 
  • DWM Securities 
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Manchester Financial
  • Drucker Financial Group
  • City of Calgary
  • Successful Studio Strategies 
  • University of British Columbia Staff Pension Plan 
  • Strathcona County 
  • Telus 
  • Life Planning Network 
  • Fiscal Wellness 
  • RBC Wealth Management — Purchased 300 Copies of The Lazy Person's Guide to Success   

Meet Ernie Zelinski at Some of His

Other Websites and Blogs

Ernie Zelinski's highly-acclaimed philosophy about life reaches over 150,000 individuals a month on his inspirational websites and blogs.

Following are a few of Ernie's websites.

Contact Information for Ernie J. Zelinski 


Ernie Zelinski

Contact Telephone: 780-434-9202

P.O. Box 4072
Edmonton, AB,
T6E 4S8 Canada


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Author of The World's Best Retirement Book