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It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now: HOW TO CREATE YOUR SECOND LIFE AT ANY AGE

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  203 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Shattering the myth that turns midlife (or any age) into a crisis, this provocative guide is packed with sage advice.
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 23rd 2013 by Dell (first published 1998)
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Timofey Peters
Aug 22, 2016 Timofey Peters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Прекрасная книга о трудном «переходном» возрасте взрослых дяденек и тетенек — кризисе среднего возраста. Почему случается такой кризис, что происходит, и, самое главное, что с этим делать. В книге масса полезных упражнений. Оценка 5/5.
Pamela Wells
Mar 15, 2010 Pamela Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book for middle-age Seekers who are really tired of waiting for their lives to begin! Barbara says it is never too late unless you don't start now. So start by reading this light-hearted book that keeps the to-do list simple yet wonderfully inspirational.

I also don't mind saying I read this book before turning 40. It is now part of my permanent collection of inspirational wisdom books. I think this book can be relevant to anyone at any age who is ready to begin a life of purpose a
Aug 15, 2016 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saw Barbara Sher on a PBS fundraising promo - it was a filming of her speaking engagement promoting this book. I was glued to the TV and by the end of the program I felt motivated to take a look at my life/dreams/goals and realizing that the only thing stopping me from pursuing my goals was ME. And the only reason someone else intimidated me and inhibited me was because I'd ALLOWED it. The had come for me to take ownership of myself. A very liberating - at times scary - process. Everyone's "seco ...more
R. C.
Mar 26, 2014 R. C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most surprising fact from this book: we have midlife crises when we reach the age our parents were when we first became aware of our parents' age. By that definition, I should have hit one at age 28. There definitely was some turbulence that year, but I think this book's message of "reframe - it's actually great to be [thing you are afraid of]" was already pretty solidly in my coping skills basket. The practical advice assumes a 1950s middle class existence, too. I'm part of a generation that wa ...more
Renee M
(Actually 3.5 stars.) Barbara Sher continues the conversation about finding the work (and life) which brings us joy; bringing it to the "second life" possible in our middle years. The tone is practical and the advice useful if the reader-of-a-certain-age is ready to move past the motivations of his/her earlier life stages to embrace the possibilities in rethinking goals and potentials for creating something rewarding and new.

I have not yet begun to employ the suggested activities, but having le
Barry Davis
Feb 16, 2016 Barry Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Subtitled “How to Create Your Second Life After 40,” an extraordinary book on embracing what many call the midlife crisis as a call to excellence. Written in a disarming style with pertinent questions inserted directly into the text, the author challenges beliefs on aging, death, love, power, etc. Exercises at the end of each chapter are intended to inspire and unsettle the reader. Sher says your first life belongs to nature, the second life (after 40, give or take some years) should belong to y ...more
Claudia Taller
I read it’s only too late if You Don’t Start Now in preparation for the February retreat. Barbara Sher. There was a lot of great advice in the book that I was able to use at the retreat. Sher suggests that many of us reach middle life and realize all of a sudden that we’re not immortal. “In other words, you start to live your life to suit who you really are.” We might start paying attention to what time we have love, because it’s life we love, not people, not necessarily. We grow up, as Bob Dyla ...more
Kate Arms
Like most of Barbara Sher's books, the theoretical portion is better than the how to take action portion of this book. But the theory is well worth reading.

Sher argues, effectively and with hard hitting directness, that the best things about midlife is that aging takes you out of the mating game and experience has taught you that romantic love is a fantasy of disastrous proportions, so you have an opportunity to create an authentic life based on who you are inside as opposed to based on what you
Jun 12, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-sachbuch
Ein Zufall, dass ich dieses Buch genau im 40. Lebensjahr lese (stand im Regal einer Freundin), also bestes Timing. Barbara Sher schreibt direkt und gut lesbar, was sie zu sagen hat, und wie in I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It sind einige für mich brauchbare Impulse dabei. Ich mag ihren Stil und finde ihre Überlegungen hilfreich.
Aug 16, 2014 Milka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Sher suggests you read this book if you feel you may be going through a midlife crisis but I think many people who feel their life needs a change will enjoy her book. Like a few of her other books I've read, she includes a lot (too many) real-life examples, which can be helpful if you need those, but can also make the book longer and make you lose track of her points. So if you need, skim through it as I did and read the parts that speak to you. There's definitely some valuable informati ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Jmp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book might have been more relevant for me if I were 30 years younger.
Marina Sinelnikova
I found the first part especially interesting, with the ideas of what age means etc. Resonating with my own thoughts - I guess it's a right book at the right time.
Mar 07, 2015 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Food for thought. The party's just beginning!
Although somewhat date in terms of contextual references, this is a great book for redefining age--and living fully after 40. For Sher, this truly is "the time of your life," when you stop being the plaything of biology, and start living a life you define. Lots of exercises to make each chapters insights pertinent to the reader, with the usual Sher humor and warmth.
Feb 17, 2009 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book...stopped...started again. Kind of did that over and over. I think I wanted more concrete things to do. Pretty good ideas in the book but I think all I took away was a new mantra...the title can be pretty compelling when need be!
Sep 20, 2013 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
The suggestions aren't bad, but I could buy her rationals explaining problems and attitudes after 40 and they take up over half the book.
Teri Temme
Jun 14, 2015 Teri Temme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All that needs to be said: "Fall in love with your life! Be who you were born to be!" Thank you Barbara Sher.
May 16, 2011 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From my "self-help" collection. Some good ideas and optimism.
It was ok but mostly a repeat of her other books
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Barbara Sher is a speaker, career/lifestyle coach, and best-selling author of seven books on goal achievement. Her books have sold millions of copies and been translated into many languages. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, and Good Morning America and her public television specials ai
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