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Tom Butler-Bowdon
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22 Mar 2012

Never Too Late to be Great is about the power of thinking long. Exposing the myth of 'overnight' success, author and motivational speaker Tom Butler-Bowdon shows us that contrary to popular belief, people, companies, products and ideas invariably need a long time to realise their potential.

Highlighting the importance of the 'ten-year rule' as referred to in Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, which suggests that significant achievements rarely happen without a decade of intense work and practice in any given area, Never Too Late to be Great offers inspiration for the impatient or disheartened to stay the course, and gives reassurance to us all that we have more time than we think to achieve our goals.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (22 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753539810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753539811
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My most cheering read of 2012 so far is Never Too Late To Be Great by Tom Butler-Bowdon. If you haven’t yet started up that dream company or written that book in your head, it’s a hugely encouraging how-to manual ... Inspiring stuff" (Brigid Moss Red Magazine)

"This classic motivational book sets out to explode the myth of overnight success ... full of inspiration" (NHS Choices)

"Tom Butler Bowdon's Never Too Late to be Great left me uplifted to know that at the age of 45 I am a mere youth in terms of productive years and encouraged by the compelling stories demonstrating that time, patience and courage is the path to making a lasting, worthwhile contribution" (Jim Lawless, Author of Taming Tigers)

"Super inspirational...we are never too old to start something new no matter what our age...Tom Butler-Bowdon has provided the antidote to quick-fix life solutions." (Carole Ann Rice Daily Express)

"Truly profound and inspirational" (Richard Koch, author of The 80/20 Principle)

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It's never too late to begin the journey of being or doing something remarkable. This book will show you how

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am impressed 21 Mar 2012
By Scott
Never Too Late To Be Great by Tom Butler-Bowdon

***** (5 stars) by Scott Hammaker

These days more people are changing careers or going out on their own in their
late 30s or 40s. Many are faced with the results of a bad economy or shifting
business trends. And now is a time to take a new approach.

If you are in this position or if you just decide that it is time to follow your
passion then this book is for you.

It does not promise pie in the sky - it offers meat and potatoes for the table.
(rice and beans if you wish) It is practical and inspiring. It does not contain
"secrets" that may not work - it contains real life stories and honest inspiration.

It takes the "long view" on greatness. It is not a quick fix and does not
suggest any worn out techniques. It is filled with stories and encouragement.
It is practical and powerful without being mystic and metaphysical.

I found it refreshing and inspiring. It offers a wonderful new slant. I would
call it "self-encouragement" rather than self help. (no walking on hot coals
or magical mantras) This is the real thing. It is "a history of greatness."

So if you are over 30 and you feel a need or have a reason to follow your
passion and go for your dreams this book may just be just what you need to
get you going and put you on the right track.

It is easy to read and offers many fascinating stories that will inspire you.
This book inspired me and I and sure it will inspire you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"If the road I have shown to lead to this is very difficult, it can yet be discovered.
And clearly it must be hard when it is so seldom found.
For if freedom were close at hand and could be found without difficulty how could it be that it is neglected by almost all?
But all excellent things are as difficult as they are rare."

- Benedictus de Spinoza, Ethica, §5, Prop 42 n.

In reading Tom's new book I was reminded of the famous quotation above from Spinoza, one of the philosophers I most admire. All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare - Rome wasn't built in a day! If personal success, in the form of freedom and happiness, was quick and easy, then more or less everyone would already have it. When in fact, as a psychotherapist I'm acutely aware that most people's lives are more unhappy than they tend to let on to others. In the USA, the home of "positive thinking", the prevalence of mental health problems is so high that almost 50% of the current population will have met criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis at some point so far in their lives. There's actually a lot more misery in the world than people realise. I think the teachings of Buddhism are based on a similar observation: life is suffering. Much self-help literature seems to gloss over the difficulty of life. A notable exception is M. Scott Peck's self-help classic The Road Less Travelled, which notoriously opens with the sentence: "Life is difficult." We have to recognise that a great many people in the world either live in great poverty and hardship or live lives of angst and quiet despair in the middle of apparent first-world abundance. Personal success and happiness can take time and effort and sometimes only come later in life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The good news is that it's never too late. This is a wonderful, beautifully written, thought provoking book. It brings something new to personal development; a new way to look at and understand the effect of time on our lives and plans. The book unveils some of life's secrets that otherwise only time and experience would teach us, as Tom explains principles like - slow cooked and lead time. It is cram packed with examples to reinforce the many valid points that the book is making and with plenty of excellent recommended reading too. I am certain this book will become an enduring classic itself as it serves each new successive generation well, when they come to realise that -`It's never too late to be great'. Tony Brassington. Mind and Achievement Ltd.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you are a bit jaded, have a vague disappointment with where you are up to in life and are approaching middle life then do read this. It's inspiring - I'm a cynic and hater of woozy self-help manuals, but this is just lots of inspiring tales of people who have made it in the second half of their lives and how their success was nice and slow-cooked, and not the frantic scrabblings we all tend to because we think time may be running out. It's certainly given me a new perspective on life, so much so that I'm signing up to a 5 year psychotherapy course and will be qualified when I'm 55! I'd had 5 years of illness and operations, my son left for university, my work dried up and I have clinical depression - I felt on the scrapheap of life and on my way down without really having achieved much of what I wanted. This has made a big difference to my motivation. A powerful book that seems to help you by osmosis!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational read! 1 April 2014
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I received Never Too Late To Be Great back in 2012 as part of the Goodreads First Reads programme but I've been putting it off because I was the greatest fan of non-fiction back then and I thought this book looked dull and uninteresting. How wrong was I! Never Too Late To Be Great has actually proved to be pretty inspirational so it's true - never judge a book by its cover.

Never Too Late To Be Great is, as you can imagine, a non-fiction book about how it's never too late to achieve your dreams and that despite what popular opinion is about numerous billionaires who were 'overnight successes', it takes years and years of work and effort, even if it's subconscious, to achieve one's goals. This book is made up of nine chapters, each one discussing either how important a certain decade in one's life or how one's potential in life progresses, through the use of numerous examples of celebrities and million, even billionaires. Each chapter begins with the thoughts of the author, followed by examples of others who exemplify what he has said, ending with a brief summary of many other achievers.

Never Too Late To Be Great gets off to a great start. I was completely sucked in by the opening pages as it seemed to be a really good, but most importantly, different, look at success. I've never read anything of the sort before but I am aware that there are hundreds and thousands of books out there targeted at people trying to 'get rich quick' or find easy routes to success. Butler-Bowdon's book does the complete opposite. The saying "slow and steady wins the race" couldn't be more appropriate for this title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well good
Great read. Well recommended. With some great stories of people who took many years before they became successful & famous
Published 8 months ago by Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars A fundamental truth restated and then restated
Never Too Late To Be Great: The Power of Thinking Long
For the late devlopers amongst us, this is a reassuring book! However, this isn't a book, it's an article. Read more
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This is truly different, intelligent self-improvement "stuff". It says that you have much more time in your life than you realize, and that you can achieve greatness in your own... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Richard Koch (real name)
3.0 out of 5 stars Good point but repeats the point to often
Good point and arguments about previous similar books.
However, has given me courage to continue trying and I will by more books in this series
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Fantastic book which I thought I would probably buy, as I love these types of books. Very inspirational and reslly enjoyed this book.
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