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

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  774 ratings  ·  98 reviews
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 well-e
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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'
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
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
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
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
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Douglas Ulrich
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book details that the current three stage life of education/work/retirement no longer fits now that the middle-class and up are projected to live into the 90s.

It discusses a multi-staged approach filled with planned breaks and career transitions that allows a person to work in multi-disciplines, explore whom they are as people, and adjust work/life balance as needed by the stage of life you find yourself in.

There are a lot of conjectures about the future, but they seem to be well grounded
Henry Barry
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book puts into words a lot of big ideas that I have been grappling with for a while. It is one of the few things I have read in a while that frightens me because I realize I do not know what the answers are, and shows me how many things in my own life I need to think about. It is 50-100 pages too long and a bit too verbose, but is still a quick read, and provides a good cornerstone into the start of what will be a shift in the we look at our lives and the concepts of work, retirement, and l ...more
Kathryn Scott
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an extremely readable and compelling book. I'd suggest it should be compulsory reading for everyone over 40, if not everyone. Gratton and Scott outline the issues we face and, more importantly in my view, the opportunities we have given that we are likely to live longer than previous generations - how will we finance this? What work do we want to do and how do we want to do it? How will we spend our non-working time aka 'retirement'? Really made me question my own plans and reassured me ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Government policies and corporates' employment strategies do not keep pace with the speed of change in our modern world. The latter, clearly, includes increases in life expectancy that render the implicit design of the 'three-stage life' of our (grand)parents' generation inadequate, not to speak of state pension designs ... This could have been explored in more depth in some aspects, while other parts of the book are lengthy and sometimes repetitive. Nevertheless, a book and a topic that make yo ...more
Ting Zhang
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book for forcing people in the earlier stage of life to think in the long term and make decisions that will benefit them in the long run. in general, as we move on from the 3-stage life (child, adult, retiree) to the 4 stage or even 5 stage life, the book basically states that 100 year life needs:
- more saving for the future
- more time spent on re-creation (self-improvement) than recreation
- more self-control
- government and corporate policies to keep up with the shifting social and demo
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Forecasting seems impossible when your premise is that you will live to be a 100 years old. so, I congratulate the authors for making such impressive work at prioritizing important questions and at producing a list of must-have skills. Yet, the picture they propose only works for the few and under determinate circumstances. My conclusion if I take this book to the letter is that most won't make it and those who will, they will most likely form this dystopian clusters and life with deeper inequal ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-topics
This book exemplifies what I love and hate about economics. It brings amazing foresight into social systems and impact on people living in them. It also converts human life into merciless statistics and rational decisions. Challenging read not only for everyone; those nearing retirement to worry about financing their pensions; 20 year olds to obsess about building social networks for life; mid-life people dying of anxiety of making the right career transitions.
Excellent ammunition for discussion
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice starting point for discussing the challenges facing individuals and society as life expectancy continues to rise. The authors explore financial, social, professional, and societal issues that will need to be addressed more deeply than they currently are being addressed in order to meet the coming needs of the rising generations. I found it particularly interesting for considering my own professional and family paths in life, as well as for determining what advice and guidance I can give m ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The book offers so much interesting information and questions, however the level of repetition is just awful. It gets quite messy in the second half with references to things already discussed and jumping from one topic to another while barely scratching the surface. Especially when referencing popular studies and writers, the book becomes quite boring for people already familiar with these theories.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well researched, thoughtful presentation. While most expect to live longer lives than previous generations, not many think about the logistics or planning that should be happening. While the authors don't offer "a fix" for this important topic, they certainly give enough information to get a much needed conversation started!

Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Information for the opportunity to read this work and to share my thoughts.
Eddie Choo
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good primer on the changes to come

This is a good books that looks at the implications of longevity and what that will mean foe retirement and skills and life. This is a business book and so it touches on the career and education aspects if life, but also contains a portion on the importance of relationships. The authors use the concept of capital investments and drawdown as a metaphor to discuss the need to spend time in relationships and skills to have a balanced life.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book is fascinating. It’s a look at the implications of longevity on education, social structures, work and finances. I really liked the idea of moving beyond the traditional three stage life, as well as the intentionality people will need to approach a longer life with.

The writing was fairly academic, meaning this isn’t a quick read. Regardless the concepts feel really important and I enjoyed thinking about this topic.
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“Basically in every decade since 1840, life expectancy has increased by two to three years. So if a child born in 2007 has a 50 per cent probability of living to 104, then a child born a decade earlier (1997) has a 50% chance of reaching 101 or 102; a decade earlier (1987) the range is 98 to 100; a decade earlier (1977) 95 to 98; for 1967 it is to 92 to 96; and a decade earlier still (1957) the range is 89 to 94, and so on.” 0 likes
“ask what your 20-year-old self would think of you today, we invite you to think about what your 70, 80 or 100-year-old self would think of you now.” 0 likes
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