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Rajesh Minocha
Retire how you want, not how others want you to! Retire on your terms is for you if you have been struggling to maintain a work-life balance, or are in a job just to pay your bills, and not because the job is aligned with your passion. This book helps you achieve financial freedom and prepare to lead a happy and meaningful retirement life. This book provides a practical action strategy, and checklist and alerts you on mistakes to be avoided. All of us strive for financial security. Financial Independent Retire Early (FIRE) is a phrase commonly used. This book simplifies the jargon and provides practical solutions. Retire on your terms is more than a money management book on retirement planning. It guides you in achieving financial freedom and doing what you have always wanted to lead a meaningful and fulfilling retirement life. Retirement is successful, if we are healthy – physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually. The book starts with my story and how I achieved financial freedom at the age of 45 years. It is also about meticulous planning prior to retiring and following inherent passion post-retirement. If I could do it, anybody can!
Amazon - Harshit Patel

"Retire on Your Terms" is a comprehensive and insightful guidebook that provides invaluable advice for planning and achieving a fulfilling retirement. The author skillfully addresses the concerns and challenges faced by individuals as they approach retirement age, offering practical strategies and step-by-step instructions to help readers create a retirement plan that aligns with their unique goals and aspirations.

What sets this book apart is its holistic approach to retirement planning. It covers essential topics such as financial planning, healthcare, lifestyle choices, and maintaining a sense of purpose during retirement. The author's expertise shines through, as they provide clear explanations and offer actionable tips, backed by research and real-life examples.

The book also emphasizes the importance of personal fulfillment and finding meaning beyond financial security. It encourages readers to explore their passions, hobbies, and potential avenues for continued growth and contribution, ensuring a retirement that is not just financially secure but also emotionally rewarding.

Overall, "Retire on Your Terms" is a must-read for anyone approaching retirement or seeking to enhance their retirement experience. Its practical advice, comprehensive coverage, and motivational tone make it an invaluable resource that empowers individuals to retire with confidence and on their own terms.rshit Patel

Story on Outlook Money

“I’m not just retiring from the company; I’m also retiring from my stress, my commute, my alarm clock, and my iron.” Hartman Jule

It has been stressed many times that the decision to retire early is not just a financial decision and its importance cannot be ignored. Often retirement is seen with a negative connotation and as the end of something ‘Vital’. While in reality, it could be the beginning of a new life and a very great life, if planned well. Retirement is a gift of time and new opportunities which come along with it.

Given below are the pros and cons of early retirement.

The Pros of Early Retirement

  1. Health

Irregular work hours can cause lifestyle problems such as high cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Jobs are getting stressful with demanding deadlines. The unhealthy competition, at times, with colleagues, along with the desire to achieve success faster in life, can take a toll on one’s health. Early retirement can help in getting out of the rat race early and then recuperating declining health.

  1. Making your dream a reality

Many of us have aspirations and passions that we never pursue because we are not sure if they will pay our bills, or because we become too busy with our work to find the time for them. Retiring early would provide us more time to pursue our passion and make it a reality. If you have been planning a vacation, writing a book, pursuing a social service activity, or anything else, retiring early could help make that a reality.

  1. Repairing family ties

Having a stressful full-time working life can also hurt families’ ties, whether it is immediate family or extended family. This could also be due to geographical distances that sometimes jobs demand.

Retiring early offers the chance to visit family members more frequently and improve relationships. The relationships need to be nurtured and retirement provides us with the optimum and enough time to meet family members. Open communication should be encouraged and we should not allow loneliness to take over our lives. Retiring early is a great opportunity to make new friends who share similar interests. However, it is important to make sure that they have an optimistic and positive outlook on life, as negative influences can affect our lives.

  1. Opportunity to try sometime new

Retirement is a chance to be free from work and family obligations.

However, if you retire early, there may still be some pending family obligations that need to be taken care of. You have mostly lived for others, almost kind of a checklist of doing things which were expected out of you. Now is the time to break free. Have a checklist of what you want to do and what makes you happy.

Make a list of activities which turn you on now and plan to work towards them. Also, make a list of what never turns you on and alternative ways to avoid them. We should spend little or no time on those activities that do not stimulate us. We have worked all life to enhance our net worth. Now is the time to start enhancing our self-worth.

The Cons of Early Retirement

  1. Money in retirement kitty is not enough

There could be errors in the retirement corpus calculations. You may get forced to downgrade your lifestyle or be dependent on others during this phase. Or it could simply be that some of the variables like inflation have gone out of control and the corpus which you thought is enough is no longer so. Or the investments do not provide the returns you thought they would when you worked out the numbers. Or there are some serious health issues which cost more money, and this was not planned. The list is endless. This can create mental stress during retirement. To avoid this, it is important to have a buffer and carefully plan out your retirement calculations.

  1. Lesser working period to take care of more retirement years

When we decide to retire early, we have to be aware of the double impact. We have a lesser number of years to build the retirement corpus kitty. This needs to take care of more years in retirement, depending on the life expectancy age which has been considered.

Medical advancements have allowed us to live longer, although not always healthier, and this can also affect retirement calculations. So, the earlier we wish to retire, the more money which needs to be planned.

  1. Boredom, something missing in life

However well we plan retirement, there can be instances where boredom can creep in. We had always wanted to take those exotic vacations, but once that is checked off from the bucket list, there could be a question of what next. The retirement period may be blissful in the first one to two years, but then boredom can set in.

After having been busy day in and day out, suddenly if there is nothing to do, that can get stressful or depressing. It can be another challenge in itself. Boredom can be a big challenge if meaningful utilisation of time is not planned.

A few of the big mistakes which a lot of retirees make is that they make their couch, fridge and television their best friends during retirement. The rationale being provided is that this is their pastime as they have nothing else to do. This is fine for a couple of days, but then if this pastime stretches to most of the waking day, it is a serious issue. It slowly and steadily starts impacting health – both physical and mental. The purpose of life gets lost on the way and retirement is then viewed as something which has to be completed before moving on to the next life! More retirement mistakes are discussed in Chapter 8.

The Bottom Line

Planning when to retire is not only a financial decision. It is a much more complex decision beyond that. When planning for retirement, it is important to consider factors such as our health, family obligations, and personal temperament. We should evaluate all the possible pros and cons. By carefully weighing the pros and cons, you can make a well-balanced decision about retirement. If the pros outweigh the cons, you may decide to retire. If not, you may choose to hold off on retirement until a future date or opt for a middle-ground solution.

This excerpt from Chapter 6 of the book “Retire On Your Terms! A Guide To Holistic Retirement”, by Rajesh Minocha has been published with permission from the author, the founder of Financial Radiance, an AMFI-registered mutual fund distributor.



Write up in Cafe Mutual

Noida MFD Rajesh Minocha of Financial Radiance has released his first book ‘Retire on your terms’. The book aims to create awareness among people about retirement planning and enjoying post retired life.

While there are numerous books on financial aspects of retirement, the book also covers non-financial aspects of retirement like maintaining good health, strengthening relationship with family and finding opportunity to try something new, said Rajesh. 

The book also aims to help readers achieve financial freedom and prepare them to lead a happy and meaningful retirement life by providing practical tips, retirement checklist and alerts on mistakes that can be avoided during accumulation phase and disbursal phase. 

The book is available on Amazon and Flipkart at around Rs.300. 

Rajesh who retired at 45 and started distribution business has also shared his story on how he became financially independent.

Rajesh is a CFP and has worked with many companies including Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund. Currently, he manages assets of over Rs.100 crore in mutual funds and caters to over 450 clients.