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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 well-established pathway is already beginning to collapse. Life expectancy is rising, final-salary pensions are vanishing and increasing numbers of people are juggling multiple careers.

Whether you are 18, 45 or 60, you will need to do things very differently from previous generations and learn to structure your life in completely new ways. The 100-Year Life is here to help. Drawing on the unique pairing of their experience in psychology and economics, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott offer a broad-ranging analysis as well as a raft of solutions, showing how to rethink your finances, your education, your career and your relationships and create a fulfilling 100-year life.

The 100-Year Life is a wake-up call that describes what to expect and considers the choices and options that you will face. It is also fundamentally a call to action for individuals, politicians, firms and governments and offers the clearest demonstration that a 100-year life can be a wonderful and inspiring one.

©2016 Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott (P)2016 Audible Ltd.

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Your handbook for a 100-year lfe

Can you picture yourself driving backwards on a high-speed freeway? Although this may sound scary, it's actually how we usually manage our own lives: looking in the rearview mirror to determine our future actions.

If you are an individual currently living at Planet Earth, this is a book which is very like worthwhile for you to read.

From the scientific evidence which shows that children who are born now have a 50 percent chance of living to 100 years (compared to 1 percent chance in early 20th century), Linda Gratton and Andrew Scott, suggest that we must evolve from a "three-stage life" (comprising learning, working, retiring) to a life of 4 or 5 "age-agnostic" stages, which should include material changes on how we obtain and accumulate tangible and intangible assets, allowing a 100-year life to be a gift rather than a curse.

This book isn't only for younger people who are statistically candidates for the 100-year life, but for everyone who will likely experience extended life expectancy and can not only make own decisions, but also influence corporations, governments André​ overall society on how to evolve from the yet prevalent 3-stage life.

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Just a thought on 100 years life.

This is not how to book and in my opinion a bit slow futuristic view on 100 years life.
If you wants practical advices then this book is not the right one for u.

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not enough substance for a book

This is a drawn out treatment of a basic idea that we'll live longer, and should perhaps switch from a 3-stage mental model of our life to a 3-,4- or 5-stage model. It's all true and reasonable, just kind of stretched too thin.

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Good ideas dryly presented

Book explores impact on life as we live longer. Practical and logical presentation makes for thought provoking ideas albeit dryly presented.

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Very good book

I have heard several books from Audible but this is the best. Highly recommended for everybody.

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Starts of well

I thought the first half of the book was amazing. It really gets you thinking. However towards the end it becomes far to predictive.

This book is a great book to understand how you should plan your life for the future. But I felt depressed listening after a while because it was planning you entire existence.

I had high expectations and unfortunately I was slightly let down but I don't retreat listening and would recommend for other readers.

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  • K. Rumph
  • 10-01-17

First book I would call essential

The multiple issues raised by the likely 100 year lifespan facing current 20-somethings are complex and go beyond finances. A wide ranging and informative book of equal interest to those in the 50s.

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  • Joshua Gerrard
  • 08-23-17

Everyone should listen to this

It points out looming issues, cultural norms we take for granted, and offers alternatives to the status quo. If nothing else, it was interesting.

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  • Pen Name
  • 12-04-17

valuable info but too quick and dry to absorb.

valuable info but too quick and dry to absorb. needs to be delivered with more examples and or at a slower pace so that one can imagine how the information or idea applies to one's own life.

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  • walduscycu
  • 11-22-17

Explains well work life balance

Made me approach work from different perspective. The phrase "work life balance" has a different meaning to me after finishing this book.

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  • Simon W Preece
  • 02-21-18

Essential mid life reading

So glad I read this book as it affirmed a lot of what I had been thinking and planning towards in the last few years. The need for re-creation struck a chord ..it’s never too late to evolve...Good insights and well structured.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-31-17

Quite thought-provoking despite the flat delivery

Would you try another book written by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott or narrated by Mark Meadows?

I think I'd read an article by Gratton and Scott, but not another book. The whole thing was rather pompous and lacked humour. While the authors explained that many of their concepts had been shared with students, I think the content would have benefited from some candid feedback and examples from everyday business people to make it more real and topical.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Meadows’s performances?

I would avoid Meadows' narration of another non-fiction book.

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  • Suzanne
  • 03-16-17

Debate required

thought provoking, should be essential reading for all to ensure citizen and policy makers debate

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  • Bill Wynne
  • 02-22-17

Sorry but not for me

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I made myself listen to one hour but then gave up

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I had high hopes from the title but I learnt nothing on any level

Could you see The 100-Year Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

To be negative is to fail so I will not!

Any additional comments?

They do not sound as if they are are enjoying it either

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