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The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity

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What will your 100-year life look like?

Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time?

Many of us have been raised on the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives: education, followed by work and then retirement. But this wel
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by Bloomsbury Information Ltd
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Mark Fallon
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
A child born in 1914 had a 1% probability of living to 100 years old. A child born today has a 50% chance of living to be 100. What does that mean for us as individuals, as employers and as a society?

The book focuses on the financing, employment and intangibles of how living longer will impact us. The authors explain how we'll migrate from a 3-stage life to a multi-stage life. However, their examples are middle-class, educated individuals who have the luxury of more choices. They leave out the v
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Lorilin
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The 100-Year Life is written by psychologist Lynda Gratton and economist Andrew Scott. Together, they argue that people are living longer and that this increased longevity will impact us, our companies, and our government in several specific ways: People will continue working into their 70s and 80s. They will transition between jobs many different times during their lives, which will mean that they will also need to educate themselves continuously. People will also stay "younger" longer (i.e., t ...more
Scott Wozniak
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a big idea, but the treatment was a little thin. The personal finances dominated their discussion and the cultural/personal/strategic implications were mentioned, but not fully explored. And it was written like a textbook (dry, clinical, outlined information), not like the best books of today (with stories, implications, and everyday language).
Bryan
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Bryan by: kristin
The book's basic argument is that not enough is being done to adapt to increasing longevity. After a quite interesting chapter on how drastically longevity has changed (the 1900 US expectancy was under 50!), the book sketches out in some detail archetypes from the baby boomer, gen X, and millennial generations, imagining how their lives might play out. As is probably obvious, the younger generations face increasingly insurmountable difficulties if they try to stick to the typical education/singl ...more
Yuko Murakami Hayashi
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is interesting and inspiring for thinking about where our society is going and what we can do for this big change.

Longevity was just a blessing in our old society, but now, many of you live up to a hundred. This change will not affect only on the concept of longevity but also on your current ideas and thoughts about work, money, education, and relationship. If you will die in your 100s, you can naturally have more time in your life and you need more money to live, more work and health to us
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Rachel
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I used a single word to describe this book it would be: encouraging. It should be required reading for every college graduate, career nomad, or professional in transition. Instead of focusing on a bleak financial outlook or the potential degradation of health, this book is a crash course in planning and preparing for a long, fulfilling life full of both tangible and intangible assets.

As someone who found the idea of a long life more of a curse than a gift, this book changed my perspective. N
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Matt
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this as an audiobook. I doubt I could have finished it if I had to read it. Very repetitive and frankly boring. The chap with the British accent who narrated it didn't add much to the material- it was boring listening to him to. Perhaps I was just not interested in the subject. Let's leave it at that.
Olga
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book takes a bit long to explain its thesis....I think the first 100 pages are just a bit too rudimentary and don't require a lot of convincing. However, after pg 150 or so the book picks up and talks about some pretty important topics (financial and personal implications of a long life). Great food for thought.
Dr. Tobias Christian Fischer
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life choices...everything is about life choices for retirement, job choices and so on. Everything helps you in the future to get older, life longer and enjoy life more.
Wes F
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting & enlightening book on how the average length of life--especially in western, developed countries--has been lengthening 2-3 years per decade (since the early 1900s). My children have a very good good of living till they're 100 yrs old. But, with longer living comes some issues that need attention--which this books does a good job of addressing: how will companies/organizations & governments adjust to help accommodate these changes, how will people financially pay for longer "ret ...more
Thayne Forbes
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Compelling idea but poorly executed with short abrupt mini chapters that don’t engage well
Elis-Amalia
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
For a 20-year-old it might be a bit boring as you get the point from the first three chapters, but you can find interesting ideas through the book. It mostly speaks about pension and how to save money, so I don't find it quite attractive for someone in their twenties.
Ramnath Iyer
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: economics, society, future
Refreshing multi-dimensional perspective

Ray Kurzweil, one of the most followed “futurists” of our age, has predicted that humans will eventually live long enough to be close to immortal as life expectancies extend to an order of magnitude higher than current. He has propounded the “three-bridge” process, whereby following medical best practice extends life long enough to be able to take advantage of the advances in biotechnology, eventually elongating it enough to benefit from AI, robots and nan
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Sotiris Yannopoulos
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Your child may live to 105!

Just finished this book and really recommend it. Not just to reflect about ourselves, but even more for our children. The children born after 2000, have a quite significant probability to live up to 105, 107 years. As such, the current typical model of a 3 stages life; education, career, retirement, fails completely, and in its place a multi stage, age-agnostic model is emerging. A mix of traditional working patterns, entrepreneurship, further education, concurrent pa
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Stone
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
It might be quite mind-boggling to many that most of us who were born in the 90s and 00s are very much likely to live to 100 years old, without being over-positive. While nowadays we constantly worried about climate change, overpopulation, global terrorism, and migrant crisis, tomorrow we would be facing the unprecedented challenge of embracing century-old lifecycle -- a challenge we have neither previous experience nor social and psychological preparation, and Gratton essentially tried to ident ...more
Mariusz
Having finished the Polish edition of the book, I was in two minds.

On the one hand, it is a book that, in the age of populist promises of setting the clocks back by decades for large chunks of countries’ populations, should be read by absolutely everyone. The impact of forthcoming 100-year life on so many elements of our lives is described extensively and is truly eye-opening. Longer lives meaning the economic necessity of working till later age, this in turn leading to conclusions about inabili
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Amelia
Aug 21, 2019 added it
I was hoping for more from this. I skimmed it at work yesterday and did not want to read more deeply. It's clearly oriented to the most privileged people on the planet, and the corporations that they work for. There is only passing mention of women (or even men) who take significant time away from paid work to raise children or care for elderly relatives, or other reasons, and its models are all based on fairly consistent high income earners. Also it's mostly about money, even though it says it ...more
Sippy
The book makes some intersting points and poses some interesting questions and is inspiring and thought provoking. There are some mistakes in the book and there are some general assumptions that seem unaccounted for. Also there is a lot of repetition in it, so 3 stars.
YHC
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was as impressive as i expected, it talked about how our life span extend, so does our stages of life will be different, longer working years, with different kind of work in our life time, it gave 3 different kinds of assumption. To imagine what kind of life they might live with what kind of jobs, changes, retirement ages...etc.
it sounds not very into specific in a way that we need to possibly encounter other environment crisis, financial crisis or more over, energy shortage wars...it'
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Aurobindo Saha
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book "The 100-Year Life" takes a very analytical approach to help readers understand why they need to plan their life early. In short, the book resonates very well with people who are rationale and analytical minded. The book however lacks a emotional approach to make readers understand the importance of 100 years life.



There is 2 years increase in life span every 10 decades. Which means our children will live 90 to 100 years. This is an increase of about 30 to 40 years of life span from wha
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Woo Pei Xun
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Michael Chojnacki
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Today I finished a book called 'The 100-Year Life' written by two LBS Professors; Lynda Gratton. I first heard about this book as it was short listed for the 2016 FT Business book award, together with a few other titles including:

What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark (Harper 360/Harper Collins; Ecco Press/Harper Collins)
Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of America
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Prakhar
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
As human lifetime has been continuously increasing since agricultural revolution, its pace really took off in the 20th century. Now with major researches going on in genetics, cancer, TB and other diseases, we can expect that human lifetime will improve further in the 21st century and beyond.

With average life expectancy already touching late 70s in most advanced economies and 69 in India, a 100 year life for majority of people born after 2000s doesn't seem far fetched. Already Japan has 56 out
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anna b
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
At this moment, there are many who still plan their lives in a traditional 3 staged life (education, work, retire) which I agree with the book that it will probably not work in 10-20 years time, or even from now. I'm born in the 80s and I am already prepared to work till, probably, the day I die. Not because I can't afford to retire but mainly to keep active and be able to contribute meaningfully by doing what I still can do best at old age. The book adopted simplistic hypothetical scenarios for ...more
Sam
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, finance
The best take-away from this is the ideas around additional stages and the intangible assets that one needs to build in order to successfully transition between those stages. Likely a limitation of the way they presented their examples, but I think that more people transition between career paths than they imply with the three stage (educate-work-retire) life. The importance of these transitions does seem to become more critical with an extended work period, as those transitions happen into long ...more
Blake
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up to read because I was hearing it talked about on an almost weekly basis.
There’s nothing incredibly shocking or radically new in here, no need to suspend disbelief to try and understand anything startlingly novel. But having said that, I’ve never seen all of these arguments about the way our lives/lifespans are changing put together comprehensively and systematically like this. And the way the book clearly calls itself out as just a beginning to the dialogue instead of a “here’s on
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Marissa Michael
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The 100 Year Life implies the increasing of life expectancy due to advanced health facilities, research as well as retirement age from 55 to 60 or 65 depending which country you live. In this day and age, life is no longer consists of 3 transitions: from education to employment and employment to retirement. These changes in transitions of life is starting with the generations who were born in 60s and there are more changes to come as life goes on and evolves.

I like how the authors encourage us t
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Mariah Kingdom
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: health-wellbeing
I found this an excellent beginning to a very important subject. Finding myself in that age bracket that is caught somewhere between the traditional model of a "three stage life" (education, work retirement), and a more adaptable style of "portfolio living", there were plenty of ideas here for me to follow up in how I might make the second half of my life more secure and enjoyable.
However, as some other reviewers have commented, the book loses something by focusing predominantly on the socio-eco
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Barnabas
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
All HR managers should read this book.
Actually 4,5 stars rounded up a bit due to the importance of the topic.
Well, to be honest with you, I am shooting for - 100 year life. 😊
May sound ambitious, but I think I have a good chance, and one's expectations make all the difference. So I say: Why not try to live for a 100? If you are able to stay healthy, and plan resources and activities (career paths) in advance it's worth it, is it not?
I loved a lot of things about this book. The method of lookin
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Izette
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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