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NEW YORK, New York - “It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!, the new book guaranteed to inspire a revolution in thinking about retirement.

While American culture glamorizes the “Golden Years” of endless leisure and amusement, Phil Burgess rejects retirement as he makes the case for returning to work in the post-career years, a time he calls “later life.”  Based on solid research from the social, biological and medical sciences, the author says, “It is better to die with your boots on, fully engaged in helping others and repairing the world."

Reboot! is partly autobiographical.  Indeed, the author is working well into his own post-career years, following two failed retirements.  He is also convincing in his eye-opening, historically rooted, research-supported and hope-filled arguments for engaging in life-long work that is productive and satisfying.

Reboot! identifies five different types of work: in-kind, volunteer, Samaritan, enrichment, and paid work.  Booters  who incorporate one or more of these types of work into their post-career lifestyle will, according to Burgess, live longer, live better, and die faster – avoiding boredom, aimless busy-ness, diminished self-worth and the anguish (and cost) of lingering death.

With America’s 78 million boomers turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 18 years, Reboot! provides a timely and provocative alternative to the conventional idea of retirement.  With the promises of Social Security and Medicare about to be broken, Reboot! offers an upbeat and constructive way to deal with new financial realities.

For men and women navigating life’s transitions, striving to finish well, Reboot! provides a roadmap for living a life of meaning, challenging the reader to be a booter, not a retiree.  Burgess boldly asserts that retirement is a deadly disease, and that work after a life of work is the best option for post-career years that are meaningful, productive, healthy, and satisfying.

Paperback, $19.95, ISBN-13: 978-1770672994
256 pages
FriesenPress
Publication Date: October 3, 2011
Formats: Hardcover, softcover, e-book (Kindle)

Author biography.  Phil Burgess is an award-winning educator, businessman,and writer who has lectured world-wide – in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, including Japan, China, India, Korea, and Vietnam.  He has appeared on PBS, NPR, CNN, and CNBC, and his views have been reported in regional, national and international media – including Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, Vital Speeches.  More than 350 of his weekly commentaries on America’s political culture appeared in the Denver-based Rocky Mountain News from 1990-2001 and were nationally distributed to more than 140 newspapers by Scripps Howard News Service.  

Phil had three careers before becoming a booter – first as a professor at The Ohio State University, University of Colorado, and Colorado School of Mines where he taught public policy, management and resource economics; second, as chief executive of non-profits and think tanks focused on public policy and economic development; and third, as a senior executive at large-cap, multi-national media-communications companies: US West (the former Baby Bell, now CenturyLink) and Telstra in Australia, where he was also a visiting professor at the business school of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).  He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future.  Phil and Mary Sue, his wife of 30 years, live in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Reboot!

What do you do when your career is over but your life isn't?

Phil Burgess

Making later-life work

It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!  While American culture glamorizes the “Golden Years” of endless leisure and amusement, Phil Burgess rejects retirement, as he makes the case for returning to work in the post-career years, a time he calls later life.