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Boundless Potential: Transform Your Brain, Unleash Your Talents, Reinvent Your Work in Midlife and Beyond Hardcover – March 16, 2012
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"A wonderful guide. Boundless Potential explores the science of lifelong potential and explains how individuals can create work they love. An inspiring read."
-The Wall Street Journal
"A great book. The mix of history, psychology, neuroscience and profiles of successful re-inventers will hit home with intelligent men and women contemplating their next steps."
-Elizabeth Pope, The New York Times
"A terrific book. Boundless Potential provides clear and practical advice on how to navigate the transition from work to good work; and if that isn't enough, Mark Walton is a master storyteller."
-Suzanne Braun Levine, Founding Editor, Ms. Magazine
"No greater challenge faces millions of us than how to create a meaningful, successful second half of life. Mark Walton shows us how to reinvent our 'game' with a practical framework, inspiring examples, and new insights from neuroscience. I recommend it highly!"
-William Ury Ph.D., International Bestselling Coauthor, 'Getting to Yes,'
"Brilliant, provocative, highly practical. Mark Walton has punctured the myths of life's second half to reveal our true human potential: how we are hardwired for continual reinvention, personal achievement and contribution to others."
-Michael Murphy, Co-Founder, Esalen Institute, Best Selling Author, 'Golf in the Kingdom.'
"Boundless Potential is must reading. Mark Walton tackles one of the most important issues of our time with thoughtfulness, intelligence and careful analysis: how to harness the talents and energy of the largest generation in American history."
-Mark Miller, Nationally Syndicated Columnist: Tribune Media Services, CBS Moneywatch
From the Author
This book's pages contain the real-life experiences and pragmatic wisdom of uncommon men and women--people who have led the second half of their lives in an extraordinary way.
Each made a conscious choice to raise the bar, rather than lower his or her expectations. They decided to keep "going for the gold" in their way of living--to design and play a different game.
In midlife and beyond, they set out to reinvent their earlier success by creating a new kind of work they could truly love. And in doing so, they built a rich livelihood and legacy based on their full lifetime potential, not just the choices and necessities of earlier years.
As I encountered such people in the process of my research, I came to describe them as reinventive, and, by extension, to label the nature of their pursuits reinventive work.
"Why live on just one cylinder," one reinventive woman asked me, "never experiencing the joy and power of the rest?"
Meeting such individuals and, in particular, conducting the in-depth personal interviews that are an integral part of this book, has been a profoundly awakening experience for me, as I intend that reading Boundless Potential will be for you.
Be assured, this is no volume of theory or chicken soup for growing older.
It is a practical inquiry into the challenges of today and tomorrow, an intelligent person's guide to a fundamentally new--a twenty-first-century--redefinition of the word success.
-Mark S. Walton, Author: Boundless Potential
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Top customer reviews
This is motivated by 2 trends:
1.) People are living longer than generations ago when the retirement age of 65 was "set".
2.) Most people in the corporate world can no longer work until even age 65, in that most companies work under the view that older workers are not as valuable relative to their compensation.
As such, many people will find themselves in a position where the career they've focused on throughout their lives is no longer available to them and they hence need to "reinvent" their career.
I found it hit home in that I have a number of people I know who are in their 50s or 60s that have a lot of experience, knowledge, wisdom, and a strong work ethic, yet can no longer find work in the field where they excelled.
Walton gives many examples of anecdotal success stories to help the reader find examples to help them - positing that the best solution is to take control of one's one situation as an entrepreneur.
The book is short and easy to read. It is a good introduction.
I'm going 4 stars instead of 5 because of the high-level - and only highlights the big successes. Most people aren't going to hit is as a big success right off the bat, so the book is largely only helpful in concept to them. I think most people will need more guidance than is given in this book.
So Mark Walton now gives you permission to finally listen to your "inner" artist, teacher, yoga instructor, chef, mentor, candlestick maker, big thinker, philosopher, radio talk show host or whatever your essence has now become which means it's not too late...In fact, the timing is perfect...for to get to this wonderful right or left hand turn at this point in your life...could only happen with all the miles you traveled before to get to here right now.
As you will see in this wondeful book...surgeon becomes published storyteller, reviled DA becomes world renowned photographer and many more incredible reinventions with people just like you.
There was a common thread in all of the journeys shared that were fulfilled later in life.
No one believed they were done or even worse...the dreaded "r" word...retired.
They were just getting started with the music for the rest of their lives...that only they could finally compose.
Maybe a few years late...But who's counting!
This book lets me know that it is a common question and there are places to look for further help on the subject.
I would recommend this book to all adults in their sixties and beyond.
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This book encapsulates the saying:
"The best is yet to be" - with commentary.