Book Review: Never Too Late to be Great

Emma De Vita reviews the latest book by self-help evangelist Tom Butler-Bowdon, who says you are not a failure if you haven't realised your dreams by the age of 30

In his latest book, Butler-Bowdon says success is possible later in life
In his latest book, Butler-Bowdon says success is possible later in life

There has been much talk of "thinking fast and slow" since the Nobel Laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman summed up his life's work on decision-making in his 2011 book of that title.

But the self-help evangelist Tom Butler-Bowdon would like us to think long instead. His book, Never Too Late to be Great, recommends a long-term approach to success, and he dismisses the self-help books that leave you feeling a failure if you haven't realised your dreams by the tender age of 30.

"Are you on the right path with your career and your organisation, but still waiting for your potential to be fulfilled?" Butler-Bowdon begins. Have no fear - there is still plenty of time left to fulfil your dreams. All you've been missing is Butler-Bowdon's vital ingredient for success - the realisation that you do not have to race against time. "Chances are you have just been warming up," he writes. After all, Henry Ford didn't set up his automobile company until he was nearly 40.

By taking the long view of your career (and imagining looking back on your life at age 80), much worry and angst is removed and a sense of perspective restored. Is your best yet to come?

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