How One Man Rebuilt His Retirement Savings

Author John Robbins was forced to start over after losing everything—and he made the most of it.

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Chose your location wisely. Avoiding cars is easier, of course, if you live near public transportation or in a central, walkable area.

Robbins believes that a few key lifestyle changes—and shift in the definition of wealth—offer a better chance at happiness than the more traditional pursuit of material riches.