Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now Hardcover – November 9, 2004
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"The author creates an aura of wisdom about a great many things."
―Deseret Morning News, -
"A book I not only like but respect."
―Palm Beach Post, -
"[Livingston] underscores our capacity to face loss, tragedy, and regret, and our ability to move beyond them."
―Senior Digest, -
"[An] excellent self-help book."
―Palm Beach Post, -
- Publisher : Marlowe & Company; 1st edition (November 9, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 169 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1569244197
- ISBN-13 : 978-1606710111
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.75 x 7.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #423,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's an ongoing theme of risktaking that while applicable to things like getting outside of a comfort zone should not include stupid risks or the ol' "we're all gonna die some day might as well not be afraid of nothin'" way of thinking.
Don't be scared of child predators, instead, consentrate on global warming. He lost me at change the work with hope but love is just a temporary insanity.
The author seems the type of man who has nothing left to lose, so risk to him is easy. Like he can't wait to die, so long as the way he dies has meaning.
Some chapters discuss his personal life without offering any connection to anything particularly useful to the reader other than instilling a sense of hopeless non-control over our lives or others.
Tragedy tends to turn sufferers altruistic and I'm not sure the author is as self aware as he seems to think he is.
I mean I'd never get married after reading this book since it insists that the chances of two people coexisting peacefully together for a long period of time is roughly the equivalent of successfully navigating an asteroid field.
This book was very helpful in more ways than one. It goes over 30 truths the author, Gordon Livingston, MD, believes are most needed for an accountable, responsible, and successful life. These truths are shared in the 30 essays that can be read in any order ... though I do recommend reading the book all the way through the first time.
The tables of contents serve as a quick reference to find any topic he writes about.
This is not a book for passive, unaccountable people who would rather argue his points than accept (most of) the lessons apply to everyday life. You don't have to agree with everything he writes ... I don't. But you might want to take time to reflect as to why you don't agree with him ... I have.
Some things he points out are painful, some will make you laugh, others will make you sad, but all can make you think. I will put this on my shelf and re-read in 6-12 months, as I want to be reminded of its valuable lessons.
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Without spoiling it for you, the author has had quite an incredible life and - unlike in so many similar books - he doesn't ram it down your throat. Tbe extraordinary and heartbreaking setbacks he's faced in his life are mentioned in passing, and he shares what he's learnt from his thirty years as a psychiatrist.
I read it one or two chapters at a time. It's that kind of book. I'm sure I'll come back to it, and I've already recommended it to a few friends.
There are elements of psychology and reflections upon how culture and the economy, for instance, have shaped peoples expectations of themselves, others, their most important relationships, such as marriage, and the implications for such things as changing the habits of a lifetime, finding love, parenting or teaching.
Of all of the suggestions or musings I liked the best the suggestion that love and personality disorders be put on the school curriculum with guest speakers including those in bitter divorces and those in long lived and loving relationships (interesting and counter intuitively Livingston suggests you need to be careful selecting the later).
The book is divided into chapters dedicated to the thirty truisms of the cover's subtitle, it is a book of sage advice and sobering, dispelled are such ideas that unrequited love is romantic. I believe that it is the author's intent to be realistic rather than pessimistic or discouraging but it is a book which is often unsparing in its dispensing of the harsh reality. As previously stated I consider it to be a book which is as largely derived from life experience as a therapist's insights or theory and what experiences Livingston has had, a soldier recognised for his service, bereaved of both his sons, the youngest dying from incurable illness and the older commiting suicide, discovering that he was adopted, a subject of corrupt officials arranging adoptions for a fee and finding a half sister. In some respects and for some chapters the book reads like biography, good biography as it uses the self-disclosures as proper pretext for advice and reflections.
I would recommend this to anyone, I believe it is written with a general readership and wide an audience as possible in mind. Anyone could enjoy it.