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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Viva Editions (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443579
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A call to action. A delightful read that may just reset the course of your life onto the right track."
—Barb Webb, Country Bookshelf

"Gallagher gives readers the motivation they need to start a new chapter in their lives. It's never too late to find true love, go back to school, start a new career, become athletic, live your dream."
—Megan K. Scott, Associated Press

"A...guidebook for figuring out how to engineer the life you've always wanted, an instruction manual to become the ultimate you."
—Lisa Daily, The Lipstick Chronicles

"Filled with stories and lots of details...I enjoyed this book immensely and practically read it in one sitting. I could barely put it down."
—Sandy Dempsey, The Dreaming Cafe

"I am thrilled that my friend BJ Gallagher has written this book. I'm a raving fan of her work, and I'm sure that when you read this book, you will be, too!"  — Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager

About the Author

BJ GALLAGHER is a dynamic workshop leader and charismatic keynote speaker, as well as a much-published author. She conducts seminars for women's groups, professional organizations, and corporations. This savvy media maven has appeared several times on the Today Show and in the pages of many women's magazines and newspapers, from the Los Angeles Times to the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. She lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Groner VINE VOICE on July 24, 2009
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In challenging economic times, some people tend to despair and others tend to dream. BJ Gallagher's latest book encourages us to ask the big questions and think the big thoughts: Where are we - in our careers and in our lives in general? Have we left our hopes and aspirations behind, and if so, what can we do to regain them?

This is not a typically woolly "inspirational" book. Gallagher, a consultant and trainer who is the former manager of development and training at the Los Angeles Times, writes with simplicity and humor. She takes her examples from the lives of real, named people, some in the public eye and some not. She interviewed people in their thirties, forties, fifties, or older who learned to fly a plane, went back to school, started a new business, or found romance late in life.

Adrienne van Dooren, one of Gallagher's subjects, spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Army and then retired and started a new career as an artist, even though she had never painted before. She rose to the top of her field of decorative painting, wrote a book, and donated thousands of dollars in profits to charity. "Fear is the biggest block for most people," she told Gallagher.

Jennie Richards was an advertising copywriter and literature student, but at age 52 she went back to school for the third time, this time to get a doctorate in sustainable enterprise. She told Gallagher, "I didn't want to live with regrets. My subconscious had never let go of the idea of making a difference in the world, so I knew it was right to leave my job."

It's not necessarily the right thing for each of us to leave his or her job, and Gallagher doesn't advocate that. She simply tells us that we can still fulfill our dreams and can still grow and change.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wm John Lawton III on May 21, 2009
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This is one of the most valuable self-help books I have read.... and used. It has the right combination of "inspiration and perspiration" - That is, it motivated me to take some steps to make changes in my life, and provided some concrete (but doable) steps I could try to implement those changes. The author presents a series of things you can try, but reminds us that some will work well for some of us, but nor for others. There were a few that I could tell didn't apply to my situation, but the suggestions for action plans I have followed are helping me to make some much-needed improvements in my life.

This is an excellent book, from an author who obviously has "been there", and provided us with the accumulated wisdom of her experience. Thank you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carly Gallina on November 25, 2009
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At times, we get urges to make a move, career change, or a major life change and it's easy to allow ourselves to give into negativity and think that there's no way we can make these changes. But that is not true at all and this book brings to mind that no matter where you are in your life or what life change your seeking to make, you can do it. Where there is a will, there is a way. BJ Gallagher's "It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been" is an inspirational guidebook that not only gives you the push but the help to make life changes. It definitely leaves readers with a can-do attitude. With positivity and encouragement, anyone can find both comfort and help in this book!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bookdoggie on January 7, 2010
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You might enjoy this breezy entry in the "go for it" school of success books, but only if you have a large savings account, parents that can afford to put you through law school, lots of real estate or other investments, or a nice double-dip retirement income. If you're over 60 and have been wiped out by death, medical bills, or whatever, you need to stay away from books like this; they only make you frustrated. Instead, learn how to eat right and exercise to stay healthy so you can work 'til you croak. Team up with friends, learn about yard sales and thrift shops, share vehicles, and look for self-actualization a bit closer to home. Maybe later you can learn to fly and buy the "family plane," or get your masters degree from Harvard. If anyone wants to work on a book with the working title of "Self Actualization for the Working Poor," let me know! (I'm also thinking of developing a new version of Monopoly: you know, Lose your house to foreclosure, take two steps back; your daughter scores Food Stamps, one step forward.) There are many roads to The Good Life, and not all of them cost that life savings you used to have!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By WonderWoman on June 3, 2010
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I picked this up at the library while looking for a few books on making a career change. Because it is the easiest read of the three that I selected, I started to read it first. I quickly realized that the stories are about people who decided to make a change yet already have a nice chunk of change in the bank. It's not practical for someone who works in Corporate America in a comfortable job yet is afraid of making a switch because of the financial ramifications. Or that person who is looking to discover their true passion and pursue a more meaningful career but doesn't quite know how to go about it.

I found some of the stories interesting, but I couldn't really relate to the subjects. I am hopeful that the other two books that I picked up (Do What You Love For the Rest of Your Life by Bob Griffiths and Escape from Corporate America) will provide more meaningful insight. I have started the Griffiths book and I already find it more practical and relevant.
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