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Dreams deferred are dreams that die -- a process that can take the dreamer along with them. Gallagher believes it's never too late to revisit, and relive, one's deepest desires. Writing in her trademark warm and witty style, Gallagher argues that rather than spend endless time trying to find oneself, one should start creating oneself by returning to basic life wishes. It's Dreams deferred are dreams that die -- a process that can take the dreamer along with them. Gallagher believes it's never too late to revisit, and relive, one's deepest desires. Writing in her trademark warm and witty style, Gallagher argues that rather than spend endless time trying to find oneself, one should start creating oneself by returning to basic life wishes. It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been, based on the famous George Eliot quote, combines sage advice, step-by-step guidelines, and inspirational push. Individual chapters include "Attitude is Everything," "Mind Over Matter, Matters," "Remembering Your Forgotten Dreams and Realizing Them," and "It's Never Too Late to Have a New Career." Written for those who struggle with discovering their purpose in life -- whether a nervous college graduate facing the future, a 40-something mom seeking renewal, or those who have been recently laid off -- this book explains how to listen to and honor one's inner voice.


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Dreams deferred are dreams that die -- a process that can take the dreamer along with them. Gallagher believes it's never too late to revisit, and relive, one's deepest desires. Writing in her trademark warm and witty style, Gallagher argues that rather than spend endless time trying to find oneself, one should start creating oneself by returning to basic life wishes. It's Dreams deferred are dreams that die -- a process that can take the dreamer along with them. Gallagher believes it's never too late to revisit, and relive, one's deepest desires. Writing in her trademark warm and witty style, Gallagher argues that rather than spend endless time trying to find oneself, one should start creating oneself by returning to basic life wishes. It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been, based on the famous George Eliot quote, combines sage advice, step-by-step guidelines, and inspirational push. Individual chapters include "Attitude is Everything," "Mind Over Matter, Matters," "Remembering Your Forgotten Dreams and Realizing Them," and "It's Never Too Late to Have a New Career." Written for those who struggle with discovering their purpose in life -- whether a nervous college graduate facing the future, a 40-something mom seeking renewal, or those who have been recently laid off -- this book explains how to listen to and honor one's inner voice.

30 review for It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elevate Difference

    The title of this book is drawn from an adage that is sometimes lost on the young. Youth is often painted as an open road with endless paths leading to infinite dreams. The challenge that we face as we get older is maintaining the attitude that life still holds an abundance of opportunities and that we are up to the task of conquering them. Contrary to what society tells us, BJ Gallagher's It's Never too Late to Be What You Might Have Been proclaims that reinvention is not just for those without The title of this book is drawn from an adage that is sometimes lost on the young. Youth is often painted as an open road with endless paths leading to infinite dreams. The challenge that we face as we get older is maintaining the attitude that life still holds an abundance of opportunities and that we are up to the task of conquering them. Contrary to what society tells us, BJ Gallagher's It's Never too Late to Be What You Might Have Been proclaims that reinvention is not just for those without lines on their faces or traces of gray sprouting from their scalps. In this volume, Gallagher offers a collection of inspirational anecdotes that touch on a variety of arenas where we might dream of starting over: careers, education, health, finances and love. The author maintains that in all of these areas, we are never too old to either fulfill old dreams or pursue new interests, and she provides a series of interviews as proof. Among her subjects are Elgene Doinidis, a woman who decided to learn how to fly in her middle age; Arnold and Raine Chanin, who became avid hikers in their sixties; and Gary Gwilliams, who ended a marriage after twenty years and then stumbled upon his soul mate. In these stories about starting over and second chances, Gallagher does not dig deep. She does not offer a step-by-step guide or any kind of action plan for following one's heart. It seems that her sole point is to say that no matter who you are or where you are in life, you can still take risks and pursue your goals. While It's Never too Late to Be What You Might Have Been is an ultra-light, fluffy read bordering on advertorial by including the URLs for its interviewees' commercial web sites, it serves the purpose of patting the reader on the back and whispering in their ear, "Yes, you can do this, too!" Review by Beverly Jenkins-Crockett

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dayna

    The title of the book is a bit misleading in that it is not really a "GUIDE" as one would typically expect; it is made up of stories about real people who have followed their passion and made career changes, as well as their advice to the reader based on their experiences. So the reader is required to derive guidance from the stories themselves,(it's not a how-to guide). That said, I did find the stories in this book really motivating and made me think of the possibilities available to me. The ot The title of the book is a bit misleading in that it is not really a "GUIDE" as one would typically expect; it is made up of stories about real people who have followed their passion and made career changes, as well as their advice to the reader based on their experiences. So the reader is required to derive guidance from the stories themselves,(it's not a how-to guide). That said, I did find the stories in this book really motivating and made me think of the possibilities available to me. The other criticism I have is that the stories all seem to be from individuals who were very wealthy or had established wealth. For example, these people often have the luxury of going back to school, with no worries of the cost of this education, while their husband/wife supported them financially. They had the luxury of taking time off to explore options or start a new business because of their already established wealth. For real people (the 99%), these are not luxuries they can afford. So although many people may love the idea of moving to a new town or going back to school, many cannot afford it. Imagine what it must be like to just decide, "I'm going back to school" with no financial worries about the thousands of dollars required to do so. Many people cannot just do these things on a whim as the people depicted in this book seem to do so easily. That aside, it is motivating to read these stories in that it can make you look at your own life and see what changes you ARE able to make. Maybe you won't be able to afford to make the same changes that these people made, but there is probably something you CAN do to follow your passion, even in a little way. And who knows...maybe it will lead so something bigger.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Very Versatile

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Casey

    Throw away easy read I was expecting much more. This doesn't offer any great advice and has a childish air to it. Not bad if you want something quick and easy. Throw away easy read I was expecting much more. This doesn't offer any great advice and has a childish air to it. Not bad if you want something quick and easy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    As you consider making a change to pursue your dream, there are some key questions you need to ask yourself. First, what does success look like for me? Second,w hat attitude do I need to adopt in order to achieve this success? Third, what knowledge and skills do I need to have? Fourth, who are the people I am going to surround myself with? Make your dreams come true: 1. Create a mental picture of what your life will look like. Play and replay this movie often 2. Manage your moativation with DVDs and C As you consider making a change to pursue your dream, there are some key questions you need to ask yourself. First, what does success look like for me? Second,w hat attitude do I need to adopt in order to achieve this success? Third, what knowledge and skills do I need to have? Fourth, who are the people I am going to surround myself with? Make your dreams come true: 1. Create a mental picture of what your life will look like. Play and replay this movie often 2. Manage your moativation with DVDs and CDs 3. Keep your eyes and ears open, opportunity is everywhere 4. Gratitude 5. Ask for what you want. You might be surprised how often you can get it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Purnama

    I read the translated Indonesian version. It started out pretty dull in my opinion, but then I found a few stories that were quite relatable and it was fun learning from other people's experiences. This book is divided into seven categories, consisting short interviews of people who succeeded in various aspects of life even though it was 'too late', but they did it anyway and they made it. It was never an easy road for them and there are no typical storylines, but they went for their dreams - bi I read the translated Indonesian version. It started out pretty dull in my opinion, but then I found a few stories that were quite relatable and it was fun learning from other people's experiences. This book is divided into seven categories, consisting short interviews of people who succeeded in various aspects of life even though it was 'too late', but they did it anyway and they made it. It was never an easy road for them and there are no typical storylines, but they went for their dreams - big or small - and left no regrets. In the interviews, they would talk about what they did before they decided to 'go for it', why they finally decided to take a chance and how it all turned out (happily, of course). At the end of every interview, they would also give advice on how readers in similar situations could succeed. Personal note: reading this book reminded me that one of the reasons I wanted to study psychology was so that I could 'collect' various experiences and stories of various people. Also, this book is full of inspiring quotes. It's quite a nice read, a few words could make a person see things from a another's point of view :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teressa

    I listened to the Audible version of this book. "I Really Liked This One, Good Sage Advice" "It's Never Too Late" was a great listen. I liked the format of this audiobook as well as the sage advice. I especially enjoyed the stories from the different individuals and a couple who decided to take a chance and do what they've always dreamed. To get out of the rat race and live their dreams. Overall, yes this was a good and helpful audiobook. Karen Commins did a good job narrating this book. She was up I listened to the Audible version of this book. "I Really Liked This One, Good Sage Advice" "It's Never Too Late" was a great listen. I liked the format of this audiobook as well as the sage advice. I especially enjoyed the stories from the different individuals and a couple who decided to take a chance and do what they've always dreamed. To get out of the rat race and live their dreams. Overall, yes this was a good and helpful audiobook. Karen Commins did a good job narrating this book. She was upbeat and positive which was a huge boon for this type of book. I think her voice inflections were fine. She showed enthusiasm which is what this is all about. To encourage someone who may be trying or thinking about taking that next step into a creative change in their life. "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Very inspirational book written in a relaxed conversational manner. I felt like I was sitting down to tea with the author and her interviewees. Well organized in helpful fashion. Great book to give to someone looking for the next step in their lives.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angeli

    It's a good book for people who want to change careers at a late age. But for someone young, like me, I found it very inspiring that a lot of people became successful with their second careers even in their late years. It's a good book for people who want to change careers at a late age. But for someone young, like me, I found it very inspiring that a lot of people became successful with their second careers even in their late years.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Ronancy

    Nemu buku menarik di GM PVJ

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Interesting, yet brief, stories about people making changes and doing what they dream of.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maricheese Redding

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Petrzelka

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elena Boteva

  15. 4 out of 5

    ARVIND PRAKASH

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Ferris

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryan McLaughlin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ema Nur

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Louise

  23. 5 out of 5

    Louise Annetta

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brooks Schleiffer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Andreas

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  27. 5 out of 5

    sofiaidrish

    motivates me a lot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    MG

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sally

  30. 5 out of 5

    Devi Moon

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