The Number: What Do You Need for the Rest of Your Life, and What Will It Cost?

By Lee Eisenberg
Do you know your Number? What happens if you don't make it to your Number? Do you have a plan? The Number is no ordinary finance book--it offers an intriguing and entertaining tour of weath gurus, life coaches, and financial advisers, and our hopes and fears for the future. The result is a provocative field guide to your psyche and finances and an urgently useful book for anyone over thirty.

The often-avoided, anxiety-riddled discussion about financial planning for a secure and fulfilling future has been given a new starting point in The Number by Lee Eisenberg. The buzz of professionals and financial industry insiders everywhere, the Number represents the amount of money and resources people will need to enjoy the active life they desire, especially post-career. Backed by imaginative reporting and insights, Eisenberg urges people to assume control and responsibility for their standard of living, and take greater aim on their long-term aspirations.

From Wall Street to Main Street USA, the Number means different things to different people. It is constantly fluctuating in people's minds and bank accounts. To some, the Number symbolizes freedom, validation of career success, the ticket to luxurious indulgences and spiritual exploration; to others, it represents the bewildering and nonsensical nightmare of an impoverished existence creeping up on them in their old age, a seemingly hopeless inevitability that they would rather simply ignore than confront. People are highly private and closed-mouthed when it comes to discussing their Numbers, or lack thereof, for fear they might either reveal too much or display ineptitude.

In The Number, Eisenberg describes this secret anxiety as the "Last Taboo," a conundrum snared in confusing financial lingo. He sorts through the fancy jargon and translates the Number into commonsense advice that resonates just as easily with the aging gods and goddesses of corporate boardrooms as it does with ordinary people who are beginning to realize that retirement is now just a couple of decades away. Believing that the Number is as much about self-worth as it is net worth, Eisenberg strives to help readers better understand and more efficiently manage all aspects of their life, money, and pursuit of happiness.


NEWS & OPINION: Addressing The Behavior Gap in the New Year

Posted December 29, 2011, 12:03 AM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
We don't recommend too many personal finance titles around here. The last one I can remember us being really excited about was Lee Eisenberg's The Number, which came out in 2006 and didn't do as well with the general readership as we thought and hoped it would. Financial literacy is a immensely important topic, but most personal finance books are rather dense—as well-written, easy-to-understand and exciting to read as the assembly instructions to the bar stool you just got for Christmas. Read more

JACK COVERT SELECTS: Lee Eisenberg's Shoptimism (and 50% off of The Number)

Posted November 6, 2009, 6:20 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
One of the books we really tried to get people to read in 2006 was Lee Eisenberg's The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think about the Rest of Your Life, published by Simon & Schuster imprint Free Press. We were huge evangelists of the book, constantly blogging and telling everyone we could about it. It was a Jack Covert Selects and Todd picked it as one of his best books of 2006. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Todd's Best of Business Books 2006

Posted December 13, 2006, 8:08 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
I started with a list of 22 books that I thought deserved year-end honors. The narrowing of the list was the hard part. I quickly marked the ones I knew should be on my list and looked to see if they had something in common. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Place your vote.

Posted September 20, 2006, 3:33 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
The finalists for the annual Quill Book Awards have been announced. Place your vote before the end of September. Your business book choices: Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch) by Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer by Jim Collins The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life by Lee Eisenberg The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works - and How It's Transforming the American Economy by Charles Fishman Congrats to the finalists! Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Chain of Links

Posted May 3, 2006, 2:06 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Here is a dump of some of those links that have been building up in my bookmarks: Charles Fishman walks around Wal-Mart with Washington Post reporter Bob Thompson and talks about The Wal-Mart Effect. Andy Kessler reads alot of business books, but doesn't know why because they mostly suck. He does see our view of the new business book as one that shows you a different way of viewing the world. Read more


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Publisher Free Press
Publish date 01/01/2007
Pages 268
ISBN-13 9780743270328
ISBN-10 0743270320
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