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Forbes Book Review: Getting Out Gracefully! How to Responsibly Exit the Business You’ve Spent Your Life Building

Successful business transitions do not happen by accident. As the world approaches the greatest transfer of wealth in history, Garrett Hurley is asking entrepreneurs to consider what a graceful exit looks like. In his new book, Hurley speaks not only to the baby boomers on the precipice of retirement but to all of those hoping to live a second act on their own terms. From not paying a dollar more than you owe in taxes to giving back to the community and building a purpose, Hurley’s book lends insights garnered from his career working with high-net-worth individuals.

Getting Out Gracefully is divided into three parts: Creating Wealth, Increasing Wealth, and Getting Out Gracefully. In each section, Hurley grounds the conversation in the reality of the clients with whom he has worked. Additionally, each chapter concludes with homework for the reader.

“I consider getting out gracefully the requisite capstone to a life well-lived, and I’ve written this book for leaders who share this belief,” Hurley said.

Hurley’s book arms readers with the instructions they need to get started, the pitfalls to avoid, and the questions they must answer. The lessons he presents are not hypothetical but are instead drawn from the countless clients he has served.

“If I’ve learned nothing else during my years of helping high-net-worth individuals prepare for their post-work lives,” Hurley says, “I’ve learned this: if you don’t begin with the end in mind, that end can look very different than you hoped.”

To begin mapping out your future, pick up your copy of Getting Out Gracefully! How to Responsibly Exit the Business You’ve Spent Your Life Building in bookstores and on Amazon.


Garrett Hurley is a co-founder and Managing Partners of Brix Partners. He is currently certified as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) and a Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC®). He is also a Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA), with advanced knowledge about the unique planning needs of the ultra-affluent.

Having personally gone through a generational family business transfer, he dedicates his firm’s work to helping companies or individuals keep the business, or its realized value, within the family.


“As an entrepreneur myself and someone who has witnessed Garrett Hurley’s work, dedication, and achievements, I am happy to see Getting Out Gracefully is aimed at helping entrepreneurs be as successful in exiting their business as they were in starting and running it.”

-Paul Blanco

CEO and founder, the Barnum Financial Group


Published with ForbesBooks, the exclusive business book publishing imprint of Forbes Media. Launched in 2016, ForbesBooks aligns with Forbes’ mission to convene and curate the most-influential leaders and entrepreneurs who are driving change, transforming business and making a significant impact. ForbesBooks offers a holistic branding, visibility, and marketing platform for top business leaders and idea-makers to share their insights with the world.

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