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Reminds us that it is our spirit, not our years, that moves us forward and earns us a priceless life. -- Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Electric God, Pay It Forward, and more

Skip the pills and surgery. This book will show that it's never too late to achieve your dreams. -- Marcia Wieder, America's Dream Coach and author, Making Your Dreams Come True

The wit and wisdom we have all been looking for in our quest for a longer, more meaningful life. -- Lili Fournier, producer/director and host of the award-winning PBS Quest specials, October 1, 2006

About the Author

Dr. Ronda Beaman is president of Second Wind, Inc., a midlife coaching center, and vice president of PEAK Learning, Inc., an international research and consulting firm. She is also an adjunct faculty member at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California, where she teaches honors courses.

Dr. Beaman also serves on the board of directors of the National Pay It Forward Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote good deeds worldwide. She earned her doctorate in leadership at Arizona State University following a career in advertising and broadcasting. Additionally, Dr. Beaman is a certified life coach and personal trainer, and a wife and mother of two sons. Both USA Today and American Greetings named Dr. Beaman's family "America's Most Creative Family."

Dr. Beaman is a nationally recognized expert on leadership, health and wellness, education, psychosocial development, and communication. She has won numerous awards for her work, including being named the first recipient of the National Education Association's "Excellence in the Academy: Art of Teaching" award. She has conducted research in a host of arenas, and is author of a book on student development and many articles. She has extensive and international expertise in public speaking, and is described as a dynamic, inspiring, and thought-provoking presenter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderwyk & Burnham (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188924225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889242255
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

You may have seen Ronda on "Don't Forget the Lyrics" with Wayne Brady. She did not know the third verse of "Sweet Home Alabama!" Who knew there was a third verse? But she did remember Tommy James and the Shondell's "I Think We're Alone Now."
When not appearing on game shows, Dr. Ronda Beaman is Chief Creative Officer at PEAK Learning and a Clinical Professor at The Graduate School of Business, California Polytechnic University.
Additionally, Dr. Beaman serves on the Board of Directors for the national Pay It Forward Foundation.She is mother to USA Today's Most Creative Family, an internationally honored speaker and educator, fitness coach and a many badged former Girl Scout.
Her award-winning book, You're Only Young Twice, has been printed in five languages. Her newly released memoir, Little Miss Merit Badge is a humorous account of her achievement addiction and the childhood hijinks employed to thrive in an unusual family.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ron on January 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
As I was headed into my fifties, I was feeling a bit of disconnect between how I was feeling about myself and how a `fifty year old should act.' While I feel quite youthful, the mirror now shows me that the reality is different, Ronda's book helped me to put my own age and mortality into a different perspective.

As noted in her book by one of her many scientific resources, Mihaly Csikezentmihalya states that "negative, unproductive or harmful memes" (an imprint of sorts) "about growing older, we harm not only ourselves; we harm the potential development of future generation." In essence, our attitudes not only have a direct impact about how we are `being' in the world, it further impacts our children (via imprints). I want my children to know that they can lead a vital and full life throughout.

While this book has a basis of research supporting Ronda's assertions, it is not a research text. It is a well-written discussion of the possibilities that aging can bring to a person. This book also looks at the social stigmas of aging and examines other promising contexts from which to operate. Given the current state of our society's beliefs and assumptions about getting older, I refuse to adopt the typical negative image of someone moving forward in life.

Ronda ... Thanks for your work on this book. By the way, I am buying a banjo because, yes, I always wanted to give this a try. Your book has inspired me to try several other things that I'll be working on over the next many years. We are forever young.

Ron McFarland
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Corraro on November 18, 2006
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Have you ever asked yourself, "Where's the instruction book on aging?" Well, ask no more; it has been written, and the name of the book is You're Only Young Twice.

This book is written in a unique style, using humor and thought-provoking quotes. An added bonus includes gentle suggestions for bringing forth creativity and journaling. The tone of Ronda Beaman's writing is soothing and very well written. She is a role model for aging youthfully, while doing so with fun, a zest for life, and living in the moment while retaining memories and useful skills from youth.

You're Only Young Twice is a great read for people of all ages. It is the simplicity of the concept of embracing your golden years with wit, wonder and amazement, as well as dignity and love of self and humanity, that makes the writing so engaging and brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Baltz on October 22, 2006
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I just got finished reading Dr. Beaman's book. What a fabulous book.

It was so uplifting. It reminded me of many things I already knew, but forgot to put to use. She reminds you that so many things are so unimportant, so don't get so "uptight" about nothing. RELAX........ I am constantly telling myself to be "resilent", it's just small stuff.

Also she advises you to do something you've never done before. My husband has been after me for 30 years to take up golf. Guess what, I now have shoes, golf glove, golf clubs and a new bag. I get really mad at golf, but so does everyone else. At least, "I'M DOING IT'...........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Moore VINE VOICE on November 18, 2007
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This was a very quick read. Ronda Beaman, EdD, who is also a midlife coach, explains that there are ways to grow young. Even though our bodies age, our minds and attitudes don't have to. She writes that in order to "grow young," you must have optimism, wonder, curiousity, joy, humor, music, work, play, and learning. She gets these ideas from the concept of "neoteny" which means, "the human species, in body, spirit, feeling, and conduct--is constructed to grow and develop in ways that emphasize rather than minimize childhood traits."

There are many interesting parts of the book, such as an AGE inventory, to see how young or old you are. A humor inventory, to see if you need more humor in your life, and true and false questions about how you see old people. Do the things we think about old people actually come true, or are they mostly rumors?

Though some ideas in the book are not new, it doesn't take away from it. There are many inspirational quotes, as well as descriptions of those people who were past a "certain age" who went on to do great things with their lives.
I found myself feeling happier as I read it, and moving along with the music that was playing in the coffee shop. Though I may not be considered chronologically old yet, I want to take some of these ideas and adapt them to my own lifestyle, so my body and mind can stay young as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Grant on December 1, 2006
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Recommended to all my friends young and old. Never too late; never too early.

Life is to short to NOT read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Burrill on February 5, 2007
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Ronda Beaman you may have saved a generation of 45+ year olds!! I read this book while flying back from Hyderabad India. I could not put it down despite my fatigue. This book is a good slap in the face to reawaken your spirit, remind you to live everyday to its fullist, and to not let the biology of aging dictate how old or young you live.

If you have every said to yourself, "I am too old to do that" then read this book, you have the opportunity to become younger everyday!!
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