Your Third Act

A Guide to a Great Retirement

by William S. Cook, Jr., M.D. and Grant D. Fairley

Retirement triggers many changes in our life and prompts new questions. What will it mean to be retired? What do I have to do to be ready? How will my life be different? What are the risks and rewards of this stage of my journey? Will these by my golden years? How will my relationships change? If you are already retired, what can you do to make this the most satisfying time of your life? A play or movie has three acts. The way a story finishes leaves an audience satisfied or disappointed. Whether your first two acts have been great, mediocre, or difficult, you can still choose to make your third act a great one.

The baby boom generation is already entering the Third Act of their story. The post-WWII generation is already there, and living longer. Generation X is not far away. Geriatric psychiatrist William S. Cook, Jr., M.D. and motivational speaker Grant D. Fairley explore with you the challenges and opportunities awaiting all each generation in the final third of life. What you need to know about: Finding Satisfaction – Staying Young – Family – Retirement – Purpose – Health – Friendships – Perspective – Aging Well – Meaning – Choices – Opportunities – Generations – Grief – Service – Relationships – Legacy.

How will you use the resources of time, knowledge and experience that you have accumulated? After a lifetime spent seeking, discovering and achieving – what is left? What can you do to make the years ahead the best yet? What will you choose to do with the time you have left? If you are approaching retirement, already retired, or want to understand those who are – this book is for you.

Read this book and make your third act the best one yet!


  • The Third Act
  • Party On!
  • Climbing the Tree
  • Maple Syrup
  • Bon Voyage
  • Exploring the Pasture
  • Creating Your Business Card
  • Around Your Campfire
  • The Return of Wonder
  • Wikis and Wakes
  • Birds of a Feather
  • A Good Sport
  • Keeping Bees
  • Nothing to Fear
  • The Black Dog
  • Time & Treasure
  • Just One More Thing…
  • Family of Choice
  • Generation Next
  • Breaking the Chains
  • There’s No Place Like Home
  • The Best Medicine
  • Over the Rainbow
  • State Occasions
  • Tug of War
  • They Weren’t Kidding After All
  • Golden Sunsets or Low Winter Sun
  • Older & Wiser
  • Feathers Fins and Fur
  • A Single Focus
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Good Morning, Good Morning!
  • Profits and Losses
  • Next to the Greatest Generation
  • Scrooge & Sawyer
  • Predicting the Weather
  • What’s Left in Your Box?
  • Cupid’s Arrows
  • Good Will
  • Improving Your Serve
  • Do You Mind?
  • Chasing the Dream
  • Try to Remember
  • Moon River
  • License to Kill
  • Telling Tales
  • Lean On Me
  • Empty Chairs and Empty Tables
  • The Rest is History
  • The Last Stop
  • The Grey Havens
  • The Music Box
  • A Prayer for the Ages
  • Second Wind
  • The Curtain Rises Once Again
  • A Wheaton Moment

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222 pages

ISBN 978-1897202234

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Dr. William S. Cook, Jr., M.D.


Dr. William S. Cook is a geriatric psychiatrist and Medical Director at Merit Health Natchez, Mississippi. He also has a private practice in Jackson, Mississippi serving patients worldwide.

Born in Jackson, Bill is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) where he majored in biology. He returned home to Jackson, Mississippi to complete his medical school training at the University of Mississippi Medical School. He completed a flexible internship at Framingham Union Hospital in Framingham, Massachusetts, focusing on internal medicine. While pursuing an aspiration of being a dermatologist, Dr. Cook completed a year of pathology residency training at the Mallory Institute of Pathology at Boston City Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He then completed a National Institute of Health fellowship in dermatology at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Cook worked in emergency medicine in both California and Mississippi. He went back to school to complete his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where he served as chief resident during his senior year. He received the Jaquith Award for most outstanding resident his senior year. He then completed a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York along with a fellowship specializing in sexuality at Bellevue Hospital (NYU School of Medicine) in New York.

Dr. Cook has been a psychiatrist for the past 20 years.

Contact Dr. Cook through or LinkedIn. You can follow him on Twitter @DrWilliamSCook

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Grant D. Fairley

Seminar Speaker & Executive Coach

Grant D. Fairley is an executive coach, seminar speaker, author and inventor.  His wide-ranging experiences as an executive in the financial industry, technology, healthcare and as a corporate consultant allows him to bring a broad perspective to his presentations, coaching and writing.

One of his gifts is that of a story teller who can both motivate and engage others with a new way of seeing their business and life. He is the author of a number of books, a presenter on BlogTalk Radio and an inventor of a patented healthcare technology. He continues to be actively involved in charitable organizations as well.

Grant is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.  He and his wife Cari live in Ontario, Canada.

His seminars, workshops and retreats are offered through and his executive coaching is available worldwide through

Contact Grant through or LinkedIn. You can follow him on Twitter @grantfairley