A New Look at Retirement

"It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!  While American culture glamorizes retirement as 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 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, 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-Baby Boomers-who reject retirement-who incorporate one or more of these types of work into their post-career lifestyle will 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 baby 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!provides an upbeat and constructive way to plan for retirement within the new financial realities.
 
For men and women navigating and planning for 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 meaningfulproductivehealthy, and satisfying.

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.