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Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement Hardcover – April 16, 2019

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“Our culture exalts youthful brilliance over mature achievement. Talent often flourishes later in life, when experience brings wisdom. . . . The institutions and organizations that dominate so much our lives should pay heed.”The Wall Street Journal

“I’m tempted to say this book was long overdue, but the truth is that it couldn’t come at a better time.  Rich Karlgaard makes a commanding case against the wunderkind ideal, in favor of recognizing that late bloomers often prove to be the most radiant.  If you’ve ever known someone who was overlooked or underestimated—or been that someone—you’ll immediately appreciate the importance of this message.  Reading it is an utter delight.” Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

“In Late Bloomers, Rich Karlgaard analyzes one of the most powerful myths in America: that test scores and early achievements are the best indicators of suc - cess in life. He makes a compelling case that the relentless search for prodigies is bad for kids and blinds us to the extraordinary talents of those who develop normally. A must-read for parents and executives.”—Roger McNamee, Founder of Elevation Partners and Author of Zucked

“Rich Karlgaard is doing society a huge favor by outing a toxic belief of modern culture, one that is both untrue and life-squelching: ‘You should know by now!’  It's usually shouted at 20 or 30 somethings (if not 18 year olds), but it feels terrible to hear in your 40's or beyond – and it's crazy. Take a breath. There's nothing wrong with you. The best is truly yet to come! Read this book and find out how to make the most of the joy of late blooming.”—Dave Evans, Co-founder of the Stanford Life Design Lab and co-author of Designing Your Life

Late Bloomers is a profoundly important book. It will immeasurably and happily improve the lives of millions of kids, parents, baby boomers—just about all of us. Ben Franklin, the prototypical American who pursued numerous and different endeavors during his long and fruitful life, would have been impressed by what Rich Karlgaard has wrought here.”—Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

Late Bloomers is a gem. A remarkable quality of humankind is our ‘contagion’ to the emotions, thoughts and behaviors of those around us.  At times this quality can be destructive, as with the absurd over-valuing of early achievement in our culture.  Karlgaard tackles this head on. He calls ‘the Emperor has no clothes’ on this pre-occupation, while making an articulate and elegant argument that developmentally-informed parenting and education should value patience, experience and wisdom.” —Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow at The ChildTrauma Academy; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; Author of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog

"Rich Karlgaard’s Late Bloomers shines a much-needed light on an essential human truth – that each one of us can realize our gifts and unlock our full potential, whether we're an early achiever or a late bloomer. As he shows, life is not a race, it’s a journey."—Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

About the Author

Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine and is based in Silicon Valley. He is a renowned lecturer, pilot, and the author of four acclaimed previous books.

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  • Publisher : Currency; Illustrated edition (April 16, 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1524759759
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1524759759
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.39 x 1.03 x 9.57 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into my late blooming self.
By John Castellano on May 7, 2019
I bombed on the SAT - 860 m... combined. I got the lowest score of anyone I know. I still became an English teacher and took the test again seventeen years later. This time, I scored about a 1200. Two years after, I took the SAT yet again at the age of 33 and scored about a 1300. What accounted for the 440 point increase? Time, maturation, brain development, life experience, hours read, and... I actually studied for the test in my 30’s. I couldn’t give two sh*ts in HS.

I am example of a late bloomer and reading this book for me is a personal insight into who I am and how I got this way. The book is chock-full if the latest research on my some kids FLY (and many times, crash) earlier than others and why others SOAR in their 30’s, 40’s, and beyond.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
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