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Books to help you along your journey 50+

Books are a wonderful way to improve your understanding about how the world is changing.

I have read many over the past 15 years as I have tried to understand how longevity and technology are changing the way we need to think about our future.

Here would be my TOP 6 recommendations with extracts taken from Amazon for each book.

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

by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott

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 as 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.

This book is ideal for anyone who wants to understand the macro-trends and how they can apply these to their own lives and their organisations. A MUST read for all leaders.

  1. The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World Hardcover –

by Andrew J. Scott and Lynda Gratton.


Smart new technologies. Longer, healthier lives. Human progress has risen to great heights, but at the same time it has prompted anxiety about where we’re heading. Are our jobs under threat? If we live to 100, will we ever really stop working? And how will this change the way we love, manage, and learn from others?

  1. Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder by Chip Conley


In a world that venerates the new, bright, and shiny, many of us are left feeling invisible, undervalued, and threatened by the “digital natives” nipping at our heels. But Conley argues that experience is on the brink of a comeback. Because at a time when power is shifting younger, companies are finally waking up to the value of the humility, emotional intelligence, and wisdom that come with age. And while digital skills might have only the shelf life of the latest fad or gadget, the human skills that mid-career workers possess–like good judgment, specialized knowledge, and the ability to collaborate and coach – never expire.


  1. It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond by Julia Cameron

When someone retires, the newfound freedom can be quite exciting, but also daunting. The life that someone had has changed, and the life to come is yet to be defined. In this book, Cameron shows readers how cultivating their creative selves can help them navigate this new terrain. She tells the inspiring stories of retirees who discovered new artistic pursuits and passions that more than filled their days—they nurtured their souls.

  1. Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman

Encore tells the stories of encore career pioneers who are not content, or affluent enough, to spend their next 30 years on a golf course. These men and women are moving beyond midlife careers yet refusing to phase out or fade away. As they search for a calling in the second half of life and focus on what matters most, these individuals stand to transform the nature of work in America. They also hold the potential to create a society that balances the joys and responsibilities of contribution across the generations – in other words, one that works better for all of us.

  1. Midlife Money Makeover by Kim Potgieter


Your life’s second chapter is a chance to create your best life. This cannot be left to chance. Is it time for a money makeover?

Kim Potgieter is a leading authority on holistic financial planning. She has helped hundreds of clients put money in its right place – making sure it enables them to live the life they really want, one filled with inspiration and meaning. She is going to guide you through a radical relook at your life, and your money to become the best modern elder you can be.