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It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been Paperback – May 5, 2009
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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
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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.Read more ›
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!
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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"It's Never Too Late" was a great listen. I liked the format of this audiobook as well as the sage advice. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Teresa
This book speaks to the fear that lives in everyone. You know that part of you that wanted to be an artist, or learn to surf, or ask out the girl and never got around to it? Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ian Parker
Lots of hard and inspired work went into the making of this book. Well written.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a great book, full of great insights, true to life stories, and lots of encouragement! The author hits the nail on the head. I highly recommend this book!Published on October 22, 2013 by N. PHD
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