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Half Time: Moving From Success To Significance by Bob Buford

by Bob Buford

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Well, as I said earlier, I picked this book up b/c it was sitting in front of me one day at church. I was hesitant about it, afraid it was going to be one of those self-help, motivational rah-rah type of books. I think to some extent I was right, it was. I was drawn by the premise: that one's second half of life is better than the first and that this is b/c of of a shift in focus from success to significance. So while you're young, working hard, trying to build a career, you are stressed out, running around like a crazy chicken, not contemplating the passage of time and what your purpose is/ Once you hit your forties, you begin to shift and may begin a new focus in life- a mission, a ministry of some sort. I like Buford's ideas about this, however his examples of how people he knew made this shift successfully were a bit one-sided. Though Buford insists you do not have to be wealthy to make this shift, to quit your job and then focus on your true passion and start up a whole new bag of tricks, he inevitably draws up examples from his affluent friends: CEOs of banks, Vice Presidents or Presidents of huge corporations, and other millionaire types... Sure, if I had a pot full of gold I could have the leisure of investing in a dream. But most regular joes don't have multi-million dollar assets they can sell off to support their second half ventures. The regular joes have bills to pay, debts and loans to pay back, and many live paycheck to paycheck. Buford makes mention of these situations, but it's only lip service. He himself was a cable exec and entrepreneur. He has no idea what it's like to be on the poor end of things... So while he and his cronies can quit their first half jobs and start up new ventures and live out their significance in joy, peace and luxury, the rest of us are still trying to pay off mortgages or paying ever increasing rent and a myriad of other bills. We simply don't have the luxury to put into practice his lofty ideals. That being said, I do appreciate the premise; do something of significance in your later years. You're never too old to be significant.

I saw this today, sitting on a table at church. And we have a copy of the book at home. So b/c it was there, I started to read the preface and foreward. I really shouldn't be starting to read yet another book (!) as I've got three others going already. but this caught my eye. I hope it isn't going to be motivational speaker-type of hoopla w/christian-ese. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
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