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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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-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
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
Top Customer Reviews
The first trend is that we are living longer. Not only are we living longer, our productive years has been extended. A few years back when a worker reached 65 they were worn out. They were ready to kick back and spend the last few years on the golf course or out fishing. But as our health care and quality of life have improved, most people at 65 are still very active. They have plenty of productive years left.
The second trend is that companies are not eager to keep older workers on the payroll. For a variety of reasons, most companies still think that older workers are not as valuable - or perhaps are more expensive than younger ones.
This is creating a sizeable population of senior workers who are highly capable, have the desire and willingness to work but cannot find challenging/fulfilling work. As the author points out, recent discoveries in brain studies have shown that we do not lose intelligence as we grow older, the opposite is the case. The brain is very plastic and can continue to learn and adapt throughout life. Often older workers gain additional wisdom in part because the left and right hemispheres seem to work better with age.
The book does a wonderful job of discussing and highlighting the growing trends which the boomers are facing and the problems they are encountering in trying to cope with the desires to find meaningful purpose and engaging employment.
The author interviews many senior citizens who re-invented themselves - abandoning their primary career and finding new meaning/purpose in life.Read more ›
As Walton explains, "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 preferred to raise the bar rather than lower their expectations. Such people Walton "came to describe as [begin italics] reinventive [end italics], and, by extension, to label the nature of their pursuits [begin italics] reinventive work [end italics]."
Some of the most valuable material in the book is provided by five extraordinarily [begin italics] reinventive [end italics] people, their comments brilliantly framed by Walton, who generously share their thoughts and feelings about the rollercoaster life each seems to have lived. Sherwin B. ("Shep") Nuland, Horace Deets, Marion Rosen, Gil Garcetti, and Rita K. Spina are kindred spirits with the seniors that Warren Bennis and Bob Thomas discuss in their book, Geeks and Geezers. "We believe that we have identified the process that allows an individual to undergo testing and to emerge, not just stronger, but better equipped with the tools he or she needs both to lead and to learn. It is a model that explains how individuals make meaning out of difficult events -- we call them crucibles [in italics] -- and how that process of 'meaning making' both galvanizes individuals and gives them their distinctive voice.Read more ›
From each story shared came nuggets of knowledge that the writer or the person being interviewed offered the reader. Challenges are also provided and how to overcome them explained. Helpful tips are given for service and success. Plus the psychology and brain are explored as to why people are actually "wiser" and often more effective in their later years.
This is information that flies in the face of the belief that people are no longer useful after 50 or 60, even though the life span for most has increased to well past 70. Pay attention business management, you may be shooting yourself in the foot by dismissing a valuable human resource too soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book truly reminds us how amazing, our brain really is! All of us have the potential, each day, to improve every area of our lives by using our brain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe
This book is long on anecdotes and short on practical advice. He goes through endless stories of how people have reached there potential, but the advice is full of platitudes. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Colleen E. Cunningham
Tremendous book. A MUST SHARE with any and everyone you respect and love.
This book encapsulates the saying:
"The best is yet to be" - with commentary.
Not as comprehensive or helpful as I had hoped. Book from encore,org much more helpful as it has exercises to do so you can actually figure out your next step and get some insight... Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by jennifer stephan
I have spent the last 8 years researching Retirement and this book simply elevates retirement to a whole new level for me. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Susanne abildgaard
Great writing with lots of amazing real world examples. This is a great book for anyone who is feeling rudderless and directionless in their later years. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Found this book so helpful to me, Since I am in my 50s I can relate to these stories. Have purchased the book for numerous friends.Published on February 12, 2013 by Mark
I thought this was a good reference book. The author went to great lengths to research his opinions. Most of which I agreed with. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by John J. Schmitz "JJ"
Although I thought this book would fit in with the others in my "new age" collection, it's not exactly what I expected.Published on January 21, 2013 by Tatia Tudbaugh