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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Viva Editions (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443579
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I like the premise of this book - a collection of stories from people who have made big life changes and had the courage to realise dreams at a later point in life. I think it's a very worthwhile message, no matter what stage of your life you're feeling 'it's too late!' at.

I've no problem with the format, as another reviewer has - sometimes hardcore advice is off putting... depending on how you're feeling, you just respond with a kneejerk, 'it's too hard for ME'.

I did find myself alienated by the bulk of the testimonies, though, because they mostly featured people who had the means to make big changes. If I had degrees from great schools, a successful and lucrative business practice and a house in the Hamptons and NY to sell to finance a new career, it wouldn't seem so impossible as it does from my position working a shaky part time job, raising two kids and rarely having enough money to pay all the bills each month, never mind saving, or pensions, or what have you. If I had a husband who placed $14 grand in bills beside my plate so I could buy a share in an aeroplane, I can't help but feel life would be easier.

That one kinda pissed me off, I have to say.

I don't think the money issues detract from the bravery of the fresh starts, but they DO make it easier react with the 'But, but but...' that we tend to when we hear scary advice. There is one story in here about someone making something of nothing... but it hinges on playing the stock market, described in a sweeping 'make good investments' sort of way, while living in your friend's 5 bedroom house in Beverly Hills... again, it's not something that is available to everyone, realistically.

So, I would say, read this book with that caveat in mind.
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Inspiring book with some good advice (and a cute layout, too!). Each chapter focuses on a major life goal that anyone could have: to make your dream come true, to start a new career, to go back to school, to express your creativity, to gather your wealth, to become athletic, and to find true love. What's nice about the structure of these chapters is that each contains a clever acronym of the goal (for example, CREATIVE stands for a unique collection of advice to inspire your creativity), and ends with never-too-late tips to keep you on track. In general, the book kept it short and sweet, which I think works well for those of us who feel that self-help books blabber on too much. As for the gripe about unrealistic examples, I can understand. I feel that "What Would You Do If You Could Not Fail?" by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons is a book about similar issues that contains examples with which the reader can more easily identify.
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