THOUGHT LEADERSHIP | The Art of Retirement

by Gary S. Williams, CFP®, CRPC®, AIF® with foreward by NFL legend Ronnie Lott


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What’s your vision of a fulfilling life? How does retirement fit into that picture? I wrote The Art of Retirement specifically to help you answer these questions: to bring your personal vision into focus and to educate and inspire you on a path to more powerful retirement planning.

“Exhaust life!” Those are the words of my friend and football legend Ronnie Lott – and we’d all be well-served to embrace them.

Like a painter standing in front of a blank canvas, your future is limited only by your creativity and the resources at your disposal. Drawing inspiration from the life and art of Michelangelo, this guide is designed to show you how to:

  • Gain perspective on what you value most
  • Avoid letting short-term emotions lead you to make long-term financial mistakes
  • Find true inspiration in real-life stories
  • Enhance your understanding of a host of retirement planning and investing topics 
  • Identify the right kind of advisor to become your trusted partner

Through the lens of both my personal life and experiences (raised by my father and growing up in a blue-collar, welfare-dependent home) and my many years of experience as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, I’ll share my knowledge to help you see that creating your own life's masterpiece is within your grasp.

All profits from The Art of Retirement are distributed to select charities serving the ALS community, animal welfare, and disadvantaged youth.


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Critical Acclaim

“Gary Williams has painted a masterpiece with The Art of Retirement — an exceptionally well-written and easy-to-comprehend balance of investment advice, emotional guidance, and life planning. A must-read for understanding the essential issues to focus on in order to ensure a successful and gratifying retirement.”
~ Wayne Bloom, CEO, Commonwealth Financial Network®


“In an easy-to-understand way, he addresses the significant financial issues many of us will face as we go through life into retirement and equally important, how to enjoy the quality of life that truly counts. It is both as simple as anyone could ask for, and through many cross-references, as sophisticated as anyone could want. This is a terrific resource told in a very reader-friendly, yet powerful, storytelling way!”
~ Colin Brown, President and CEO, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.