I happen to listen to National Public Radio a lot, and I was listening to an interview with Chris Farrell about his new book entitled “Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing The Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life.” I was so intrigued that I reached out to Chris and he granted me an interview.
You will find that Chris does not buy into the gloom and doom that most economists believe, the sky is falling– Social Security is going to fail and there’s not enough money. Chris is quite the contrarian and believes that if we the retirees shift our thinking about retirement, including our mindset or better yet why retire at all if you are healthy and can still make a contribution to society.
You must understand that this is a controversial topic these days, and it is not because their is a conspiracy to convince the baby boomers to take their retirements at age 70 because the government can’t afford the early retirees and payouts, it is because so many baby boomers are living longer are healthier and want to make a contribution to the world. We are living longer are more active and have much to contribute to society, communities, organizations–so why not continue to make a difference and work.
Chris makes interesting observation from Peter Drucker in “Unretirement”, that every once in a while society crosses a major divide, and that we are crossing the divide now. We are making the difficult transition toward a different vision of the elder years. This vision includes, people working longer, making more contributions to society, working in contract jobs, becoming entrepreneurs and volunteers. Chris’s book is the roadmap for workers of all ages who want to adapt from the work-then-retire mindset.