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The Wealthy Ski Bum

10 Steps To A Successful Retirement

By Sandro Rossini

Bill is an ordinary person, but his steps to build a successful retirement are allowing him to live an extraordinary life of financial freedom.

Too many people either freeze or dive in headlong when faced with planning something that’s 10, 20, or 30 years out—like retirement. It’s hard to think that far out when scheduling even tomorrow is a challenge.

If you’ve done nothing to plan for retirement or have a plan but no idea if you’re on track, this book is for you. Whether you’re 20 or 50, you owe it to yourself to have a solid plan and to understand what it will take to retire.For this book, I chose to approach the topic of retirement planning with beginners in mind. I know that the typical jargon-loaded, data-driven finance guidebooks tend to turn people off.

Then there’s Bill, a retired grocery store clerk I happened to meet during a ski trip in the Sierras. His story and our conversation inspired me. He shared his steady approach to building a successful retirement. The everyday language he used to convey financial topics became the basis of this book.

You’ll want to read this book if:

  • You have started your first job and know nothing about retirement accounts, budgeting, and personal finance and you want an easy-to-read guide.
  • You have a retirement account but don’t feel confident in your knowledge of investing and personal finance—and don’t know if you’re on track.
  • You’re not new to personal finance and may even have an advisor—but you find all the jargon used by the professionals confusing and intimidating.
  • You don’t like the topic and tend to zone out when you should be paying attention.

Hi, I’m Sandro

I wrote The Wealthy Ski Bum to help people navigate the financial obstacles of retirement planning–like my sister, a grade school teacher, who after 15 disciplined years of adding money to her account had no clue what her investments were or whether she was on track. She wasn’t. Unfortunately, this is all too common.

I hope you get as much value from my book as my sister did. She’s back on track, and looking forward retirement–as can you.

Sandro Rossini

Amazon Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars

Easy to Read

There aren’t many books that make the subject of personal finance enjoyable. This one succeeds. Bill’s story is inspiring and the steps are easy to understand. I would highly recommend this book to anyone intimidated by finance but who want to enjoy life in retirement. Quick read and easy to follow.

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5.0 out of 5 stars

Financial Freedom Here I Come!

I absolutely love this book! If you have the desire to plan for your future but have little to no background in finance, and no clue where to start, then this is the book for you. The author shows he understands the difficulties with the whole process surrounding retirement planning and helps simplify it for you. He discusses easy steps to follow and shows you were to start. If you’re anything like me, I’ve googled tons of “how tos” only to end up confused with all the different options and financial jargon. Overwhelmed, I put it off to the side time and time again. There are simply too much to read and most articles are written as if you already understand the language they’re using. This book uses easy language to define certain terms. For example, it will reference stocks, mutual funds, indexes – then use simple words to define what they are. Everything just connects easily. It’s like an ah moment when you read something and think, “oh now that makes a lot of sense!” The author also gives tips on how to manage your debt, pay on mortgage so you pay more on principal faster, share the concept of the real cost of things you pay for, or how to save more. He provides resources such as using an app, to track your overall financial picture. His examples are easy to follow and makes so much sense! I also like that it’s current so the information isn’t stale. If you have been searching for an easy to read and full of relevant information that can help you get started on the path to financial success, read this book now! I highly recommend it! Thank you Sandro, for the time and energy you put into this wonderful book, I appreciate you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us!

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5.0 out of 5 stars

The steps outlined in this book are real–and really work. Case in point: my parents.

I purchased a copy of The Wealthy Ski Bum for my nephew–he’s a junior in college–because this book clearly articulates the foundational basics of saving for retirement–and maps out a clear and concise, step by step, roadmap to get there. Perfect info for his age. Shortly after, I brought the book to my mom’s 78th birthday party to pass off to my nephew. My mom, thinking it was a gift for her, made a quip about it, “being a bit late in the game for retirement planning.” However, as she skimmed over the table of contents and through the book, she added, “These are the exact steps your grandfather and I followed over the years–which is how we live comfortably and travel as much as we do now.” Then she handed the book to my nephew, adding–“Pay close attention to the compound interest part in Step One.”

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Mitchell R

5.0 out of 5 stars

Good Story About Saving Fundamentals

This is an easy read with a good story that most people can relate to and learn from. The saving and investing lessons may seem basic to some, although powerful and easy to understand to many. I’d recommend this to anyone who doesn’t have, or is looking for, good financial discipline and a plan that will last them and their family into their years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars

Must read

This is an easy read with a good story that most people can relate to and learn from. The saving Love this book!!
Finally a book that takes the mystery out of investing and saving. A relatable story that brings home an important message for everyone. Truly inspiring and a must read for all. I have Purchased books for all of my kids and would suggest everyone do the same.

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5.0 out of 5 stars

The Wealthy Ski Bum

I loved this! This was the book that I needed in my 20’s. I am now 57, and back-peddling to save. The biggest tip I got out of this book is that a living trust would give me more peace of mind than a will. Also, a side note to the author that you owe your friend Bill WAY more than a beer! This is a MUST READ for those like me who are overwhelmed by what they do not know or understand in the world of finance and making your budget and life choices work best for YOU!

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Anna Wilson

5.0 out of 5 stars

I needed this book because investing is foreign to me

Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020I’m now in my 50’s. The Wealthy Ski Bum is the kind of book that I would have LOVED earlier on in life because it is relatable, quick and easy to read, and it covers the foundational steps needed to become financially independent.

I grew up in a family where financial education was limited, so it took me many years to learn on my own how to be smart with money. And when I realized how much I valued becoming financial independent, I had missed out on a lot of valuable years for achieving this. By not starting earlier with the steps contained in The Wealthy Ski Bum I lost a lot of money and made many mistakes that could have been avoided.

I’m grateful to Sandro Rossini because this is the perfect gift for my teenagers (or anyone still in their peak earning years)!

I’ve met this author and know his life story. He’s the real deal.

L. Wilson

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paul whiting

5.0 out of 5 stars

Thanks Sandro!

I’m a guy who has spent all his life choosing time over money but now i find myself getting a little old(er) and thinking , boy I wish I’d saved a little more!
I was recommended this book and it’s a very easy read , packed with loads of information for a financial luddite as myself.
It easily explains how you can jump on the investment train and get it rolling.
Most finance books bog me down from the get go.This book is fun and light but leads you in all the right directions.
A big thank you to Mr Rossini for taking his time to share his knowledge to try and educate the less interested of us in the finance world.

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Tom Ngo

5.0 out of 5 stars

Personal financial management for the masses

Easy to read, engaging but most of all informative. The author has a way of distilling complex and confusing financial concepts into tangible, bite sized pieces. All good nuggets that can be put to work immediately!

This is a great primer for those want to learn the basics and for those who may be a bit more seasoned, it’s still a great read because it’s comprehensive and touches all the major parts of personal finances.

Thank you Sandro!

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