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Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement

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A groundbreaking exploration of how finding one's way later in life can be an advantage to long-term achievement and happiness.

"What Yogi Berra observed about a baseball game--it ain't over till it's over--is true about life, and [Late Bloomers] is the ultimate proof of this. . . . It's a keeper."--Forbes

We live in a society where kids and parents are obsessed with early a
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Currency (first published 2019)
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- Reverse ageism is bad for life, health and pretty much everything (and not just yours!) just like its regular counterpart.
- Tests have hijacked our world.
- Success has been redefined into something defined by 'raw synaptic speed'.

What gifts and passions might we possess that haven’t yet been discovered but that could give us wings to fly? (c)
It’s not our fault that we failed to earn straight A’s, make perfect College Board scores, and get into our first choice of college. Or tha
Michael Perkins
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the midst of the college bribery scandal, Rich Karlgaard’s book could not be more timely. The sense of desperation and angst that compel parents to resort to such tactics underscores the absurd quest to get their kids into the “right” school. It’s make or break and all the pressure is on the kids. The author documents the toll: not only unhappiness, but depression and sometimes suicide.

I need to promptly add, however, that the book has a broader appeal, the flipside of the pressure prodigy st
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wellness, arc
Late Bloomers is a book for the rest of us—for all of the people who didn’t (or haven’t) peaked in their 20s or 30s. Author Rich Karlgaard gives example after example of notable figures (investors, actors, business men and women, sports coaches, athletes, politicians, and the list goes on) who didn’t hit their stride until their 40s or later. And since I include myself in this group, I have to say that I have really enjoyed and felt uplifted by the book.

Karlgaard starts off with a history of how
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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"blooming has no deadline"

"Blooming is the result of acknowledging our past and pursuing our destiny to an optimistic personal narrative, real or not, that encourages and inspires."
Rich Karlgaard, Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement

I was wavering between 4 and 5 stars ... but this book has so many wonderful nuggets.
Karlsgaard pull together facts, notes, studies from various faculties and along the way explores subjects
Jun 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
My breaking point was when the author used "in lieu of" where he should have used "in light of"...I just had to stop at that point.
My first red flag was that he said that the SAT is the Scholastic Aptitude Test, which it is not. It once was, but now "SAT" actually doesn't stand for anything. This point would have played in the author's favor, but he misses it. Doing so reveals his superficial understanding of the topic of standardized testing (and he spends a LONG time on this topic). He then pr
Jeff Lewonczyk
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
So yes, I guess I consider myself a late bloomer, otherwise I wouldn't have sought out this book after reading about it. Though I was fairly focused and hard-working (creatively speaking) during my earlier years, I've long felt like my potential was largely untapped, and, though I'm comfortable enough now, I have a burning sense - call it hope - that my greatest accomplishments are still ahead of me. Trouble is, it's feeling very hard to get there.

Fortunately, this book is full of persuasive de
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Modern society is obsessed with overachieving wunderkind which wastes the potential and productivity of many people who don’t meet this lofty threshold. This is the premise of “Late Bloomers” which examines those who come into their potential later in life.

Through numerous examples the author explains our culture’s current obsession with young, high achievers. From tech billionaires to sports stars to Instagram influencers, we have places a premium on those who are accepted into the best schools
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rich is an excellent storyteller. With everyone focusing so heavily on how much we should accomplish by a certain age, it is refreshing to hear stories about some very successful people who did it a little later in life. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We worship early bloomers, called prodigies. We think an early bloomer is slated for a lifetime of success. We noticed Einstein, Bill Gates and Zuckerberg who made it big in their twenties. Anxious parents now make sure small children go to the right Nursery, so that they can score 800 for their SATS and go to the right schools all the way to Ivy League colleges. Children are more anxious, depressed and suicidal; early bloomers tend not to be able handle any setbacks in life.

But there is anothe
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Late Bloomers was a game changer for me. I read it just after I finished reading Normal Sucks (by Jonathan Mooney) which discusses normalcy with regards to learning ability and why we should reconsider our ideas of "normal." Karlgaard does essentially the same thing in Late Bloomers, but he focuses on early achievement. He takes us through the relatively short history of the race to do more, sooner and explains the potentially negative effects with regards to the workplace, the early achievers a ...more
Alexander Fitzgerald
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am giving this book to every single one of my Millennial friends. 

Being a Millennial in high school was odd back in 2006. Every kid I went to school with was sharing with me their plans to take over the world. They all were convinced they were going to become the next great entrepreneur or Nobel prize winner. I couldn't blame them. The teachers seemed onboard with these assertions, and hell, they were the adults. They knew what they were talking about, right? I thought I had to be the dumbest
Ahmet Alattas
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow! This book talked about something I’ve always experienced growing up and strongly relevant to our generation, which is comparing yourself to popular and successful young talents without considering the fact there are certain things that could be extraordinary. The timing couldn’t have been any better. Sometimes it’s better that you haven’t accomplished anything into your 40s and beyond. There’s still time to bloom and your experience and wisdom will be more beautiful and enjoyable
The Starry Library
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Late Bloomers' by Rich Karlgaard is a look at what this taboo concept is really all about. Karlgaard uses many real life examples to show that late blooming is more common than what we have been led to believe. We live in a culture that places too much emphasis on early success which undermines those who need more time to blossom. The book looks at what led us to the point, specifically the societal conditioning. The following chapters examine the psychological and neuro-scientific research tha ...more
Jenna Cady
Jan 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was excited by the concept of this book, only to find out it was written by a hyper-wealthy white man. Karlgaard considers "success" to be becoming a part of the 1%, and that those who not yet famous and wealthy to be "late bloomers." There's an entire chapter dedicated to anecdotes of people who dropped out of college to become millionaires. If you actually identify at all with the concept of being a late bloomer, this one's not for you.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
In itself this book is relevant and well researched. The focus on early achievement has taken over the lives of children and their parents in this never ending battle to reach the top. It seems that the rat race now starts right from the time a child reaches the schooling age and continues well into adulthood. It is a sorry state of affairs.

So why didn't I read this book to its completion? Honestly I felt that the point of the book is clear enough in the first few chapters. In fact I paused afte
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I agree. Not everyone blooms early or on schedule. It's about time everyone stops labeling children. Everyone makes it on there on good time. Everybody has a life course of their own that no one else can determine for them. Life works out itself. Also, no one else can decide what someone else's future should be or what it's going to be. There is nothing worse than adults adults labeling kids as losers or hopeless in grade school. Many thanks Rich Karlgaard! I hope everyone with kids, or responsi ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Starts off by telling the story of J.K. Rowling and some other dude who only made their billions late in life... I can’t read these types of business books; my BS alarm is just too loud.

Sorry, I just couldn’t finish this.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Problem with this book is that it goes off of a loosey-goosey definition of 'Late Bloomer'. He seems to define it in terms of material success, and many examples were of people in the right time in the right place with the right idea. They didn't 'bloom'.
Marion Hill
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2020-reads
4.25 Stars

Sometimes there is a book on your shelf that is waiting to be read. The book waits patiently until you have gotten other books out of the way before you are ready to read it. Late Bloomers by Rich Karlgaard is one of those books.

I bought this book shortly after it came out in April 2019. I had planned to read it as soon as I got it. But I did not. Other books demanded to be read. However, Late Bloomers waited its turn and the time to read it came a couple days ago. Glad I waited to rea
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Helpful, encouraging read!
I'll definitely want to reread this one in the future!
4.5 Stars
Pete Wright
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Late Bloomers and part of me thinks I’ve been punked. It’s full of just the kind of light journalistic reportage from interviews with big names and insights pulled from books by authors and researches of greater notoriety than Karlgaard that provide outstanding fodder for buzzkills and critics who will no doubt find room to detest it.

The thing is, this book touched me in some surprising ways. First, Karlgaard himself is at the helm of one of the biggest purveyors of youth-addled
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3-1/2 stars.

Karlgaard says that late bloomers are undervalued in popular culture, as evidenced by the embrace given to early achievers, who become successes and billionaires before age 30.

The truth about early bloomers is the same as for elite athletes: there are many more people who never make the cut as compared to those who do. These individuals are another example of the 1% in American society. The rest of us can consider ourselves to be late bloomers, which, according to Karlgaard, is not a
Karen Ng
With the college admission scandal still fresh in our mind, this book was released at the perfect timing. I have three kids of my own with two already went through this crazy process called college admission. We live in a CA town where red- shirting is a fact of life. Soccer and swim clubs are abundant; and people actually make money by being college app counselors, although their knowledge about the subject is minimal at most.
America is a country obsessed with early achievements. We mistakenly
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I was a child, my aunt said to me, "Do what you love in life, and you'll be successful. It might take a while, but stick with it."

I was reminded of that conversation when I began reading Rich Karlgaard's insightful and timely book, Late Bloomers. I have been an early bloomer in some ways--I went to my dream college, for starters--but it didn't make me as happy as I'd expected. Karlgaard's book has helped me understand why. I'm now a late bloomer, pursuing a creative passion I discovered man
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rich Karlgaard has managed to touch the hearts of millions of people with only just the title of this book. I can attest to the fact that the majority of us are late bloomers. We occasionally stumble and change our paths but somehow end up where we feel at home.
This book is incredibly relevant today when early achievers are given a god status. Almost every parent is trying to make an Einstein out of their kid. The author gives us hope where we saw none. We can be successful without becoming the
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked reading this book. The reader posits a compelling stance on how some people just need a little more time to become successful. He cites plenty of examples of middle-age success stories. He also allots plenty of pages to how the SAT and Myers Briggs tests may not be the catch-all indicator of a person’s full potential. A worthy read.
Scott Wozniak
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This book makes an important point: that in many areas of life, early achievement is not correlated to actual adult achievement at all. But he takes WAY too long to make this point. Every idea or example is painfully over-explained. So I'm splitting the middle and giving it 3 out of 5.
Joakim Achrén
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Really liked the concept of this book. I’ve always obsessed with early achievement and that I feel bad for not starting my startup until I was 27 years old. This book highlights that it was just at the right time, and in many ways, I was a lot earlier than most of the late bloomers

Key takeaways and thoughts that really resonated to me:
- College admissions don’t talk about passion and fun when admitting applicants. Fun is beside the point. A kid must excel in a sport. Loving the activity is besid
Jonathan Lu
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I love the concept of this book, a manifesto to those whose peaks came later than the prodigious early successes that our society so often celebrates but did not find it worthy of 270 pages. A potent ted talk (which Rich Karlgaard did perform) or a succinct medium post would have covered all of the points. This book goes equally into the scientific background behind psychological maturity and neurological development - why some people peak later; and the implications of our obsession with prodig ...more
Cassie O. | Lost In Tomes
2.5 Stars
This was alright. Made me feel more ok with where I am at in life which is good.

It has great information in it however I'd prefer a "Readers Digest" or TedTalk version of it since there's a lot of "fluff" that slow it down and make it hard to read. Sections 2 and 3 are all just facts about ways the world is setting the expectation for us all to be Early Achievers and then all the ways we feel down when we don't meet that expectation. Some people might eat that kind of data up but for m
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“So what exactly does it mean to be a late bloomer? Simply put, a late bloomer is a person who fulfills their potential later than expected; they often have talents that aren't visible to others initially... And they fulfill their potential frequently in novel and unexpected ways, surprising even those closest to them. They are not attempting to satisfy, with gritted teeth, the expectations of their parents or society, a false path that leads to burnout and brittleness, or even to depression and illness... Late bloomers are those who find their supreme destiny on their own schedule, in their own way.” 9 likes
“Confidence gets you off to a fast start. Confidence gets you that first job and maybe the next two promotions. But confidence stops you from learning. Confidence becomes a caricature after a while. I can't tell you how many confident blowhards I've seen in my coaching career who never get better after the age of forty." -- Bill Walsh” 6 likes
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