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You Can be as Young as You Think: Six Steps to Staying Younger and Feeling Sharper [Paperback]

Tim Drake , Chris Middleton
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Book Description

20 May 2009

Do you have an ‘old’ brain or a ‘young’ brain?

Think carefully, because how you answer this important question could be one of the most significant predictors of how well you’ll live the rest of your life.

In this fast-moving, fast-changing world, it is important that we remain vital, relevant and useful. Growing old gracefully, where physically and mentally we quietly fade into obscurity, is no longer an option and the expectation that we will stay younger for longer has never been greater.

A ‘young’ brain is the antidote to ageing and You Can Be As Young As You Think shows you exactly you how you can get one.

Through six easy-to-follow and life-changing steps, you’ll find out that ageing is all in the mind and discover how, by developing a younger brain, you can live a more fulfilled, rewarding, successful and happy life.

The benefits of living your life with a ‘young’ brain are vast. In your personal life you’ll have more fun, be more adventurous and be more excited. You’ll laugh more, get on better with your family and strangers will more easily become friends. You’ll be more interested and interesting, embrace new technology and feel better connected to popular culture and the modern world.

In your professional life you’ll be more creative, more responsive, and better at managing change. You’ll be recognised as someone who’s fresh, vital, full of bright ideas and always thinking one step ahead. You’ll be more dynamic, more confident, more ambitious, a better team player and stand out as an innovator who’s more willing to take risks.

Whilst many of us are agonising over the outward signs of ageing, it seems we are completely ignoring the insidious, gradual decline into tired, outdated and old thinking that until now might have been seen as an inevitable part of getting older.

Well, it doesn’t have to be that way and You Can Be as Young as You Thinkoffers a scientifically sound blueprint for successful anti-ageing. It’s a unique opportunity to rediscover freedom - the freedom to be open, to be flexible, to be exuberant.

The book contains an enlightening Brain Age Calculator which will examine your thinking and reveal the true age of your brain, often with surprising, and very thought-provoking results!

Then the authors will take you step-by-step through the principles behind their Six Wisdoms of Youth and coach you in systematically training your brain to think and feel young.

The great thing too is that it doesn’t matter how old you are now for this exciting programme to revolutionise your life. If you’re young then this book will stop you from ever developing those mental cobwebs that will slow you down and clog up your brain. If you’re middle-aged and worrying you’re already becoming out of touch, the book will quickly stop the rot and help you rediscover the younger you. And if you’re older and maybe wish you weren’t, this book will help you rejuvenate, revitalise and reignite your mind so you can live out your years with exuberance, excitement and youthful vigour.

So, if you want a future in which you can really believe, and in which you can play an active and interested part; if you want a life that’s fun, stimulating and interesting, where every day offers a new challenge, new adventure and new experience; if you want to hold on to your curiosity, your spontaneity and your youthful vigour; if you want to feel younger and look younger for longer. It’s all possible. Growing old really is all in the mind, you can be as you young as you want to be, you can be as young as you think.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 1 edition (20 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273722700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273722700
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A book that can make you younger, or at least think younger, made a compelling proposition.


Combined with the authors' sense of fun and ability to make the complex straightforward, the impact of ageing on our brains and the affect this has on us all and a company’s decision-making process and culture, made for a hugely insightful presentation and I would defy anyone taking the ‘age of your brain’ test not to recognise the signs in themselves and commit to making some changes in their thinking.


The good news is the Six Wisdoms of Youth help us recognise how our thinking process changes as we age but (unlike our bodies) it can be reversed and we all have the opportunity to take a brain MOT and remember that business is not about endless meetings but taking decisions, making a difference and staying positive.

Ian Cameron - European Outdoor Director, Hi-Tec Sports.

"This, I believe, is a ground-breaking book..... It has an intelligent approach to self-development….The good news is that it is also an entertaining book. It goes to prove that learning can be fun."

Michael Johnson, CEO BPIF, The Print Business

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from Tim Drake
The idea for the book was born in a pub. I was having a quiet pint with Chris and discussing something quite different when he asked me what I was up to on the writing front.

I told him I was mulling over a book for retirees. The subject interested me because I was in my early sixties, and some of my friends were retiring. The two challenges that seemed to be crystallising for them were loss of energy, and loss of income. Skinny pensions seemed to exacerbate a lowering of energy levels that appeared to follow having no consistent paid employment.

I'd been a unintentional trailblazer for some of these issues. About fifteen years earlier I'd gone through a traumatic period when I'd lost the company I had co-founded and built up over fifteen years, and had had to start again. Some of the lessons I had learned I documented in Wearing the Coat of Change but what had emerged since that book was that I was enjoying life more and more as it went on, and had not the least desire to retire in any conventional sense of the word.

Part of my enthusiasm for life came from a rediscovery of what I enjoyed doing in my youth. I had worked for several years in advertising, before co-founding a retail business from scratch, and building it shop by shop. What gave me a buzz was new ideas and building things. But as we got to 40 shops, although I still enjoyed it, the work was more to do with processes and systems than creation. It was about stopping things going wrong than with inventing things that went right.

Talking to Chris, it emerged that he was thinking in a similar area, and that he had some research which pointed not just to the need to improve energy levels, and work satisfaction - with and without a good income - but to a wider span of life skills. And when we looked at the research, it showed that this applied not only to people approaching retirement, but that it started for some people in their twenties.

As a next step, we agreed that we would map the skill and attitude sets needed to keep living a young and fulfilling life. I would do it from the point of view of intuition, insight and life experience, and he would look at what the research indicated. The two turned out to be a perfect fit, the Six Wisdoms of Youth were born - and much else besides.

Chris lives in Paris, I live in London and we have had work sessions together, and corresponded constantly online. It has been a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience and has resulted in a genuinely 50/50 genesis of the book. We have sparked each other off, created and evolved ideas, and haven't had a cross word in the two years the whole thing was in gestation.

We've learnt a lot, and we hope you will too. The key point about the book is that it is about the benefits of having a Young Brain, and it gives down to earth advice about how to get it back, by lowering your Brain Age. As we age, we tend to get more grumpy, more anxious, more convinced we are right (so everyone else is wrong), and less willing to engage in changing and improving the world. If you have a Young Brain, on the other hand, you are more open, flexible, energetic, courageous, flexible, creative, enthusiastic, optimistic and have a whole lot more fun.

Choosing between a Young Brain and an Old Brain seems to us to be a no brainer.

From Chris Middleton
Writing is, I suppose, an act of supreme arrogance. As an author you are boasting that you have something unique to say and that this will add greatly to the lives of others. Imagine, then, how hard it might be, to write a book with another person! All those unique ideas and egotistical passions pressing up against an equal - and potentially opposing - arrogance. I guess this explains why so few books are co-authored!

So how have Tim and I managed to do just that - to co-write a book? And, most importantly, how have we come through the experience not only still talking but with our friendship strengthened? There are, perhaps, several reasons but the most important of all has been that our theme - rejuvenation - is so fundamental to the human condition that we shared a fundamental empathy that nothing could shake.

When I was much younger (I'm now 46), the idea of staying young was slightly ridiculous. All those false hope face creams and fashionable clothes "with a more generous cut"! But things began to happen when I passed the 30 mark which were disturbing, to say the least. "Is that a wrinkle? A grey hair?" "Funny, those trousers don't fit any more!" "Now, why did I come in this room?" "I was just talking about the early '90s recession and getting a blank look. Then I realised that the young lady in question was only 8 at the time". "Did I really just say that to my kids? That's what my dad always said to me". These coincidences and quirks started to build up until the weight of evidence became too heavy to ignore. I was getting old!

Not only that, but so were most people I knew. My parents suddenly looked like grandparents. Almost overnight my brothers and sisters began to look like uncles and aunts. And that friend who I hadn't seen for some time. Do I really have friends who are that age?

As if this were not enough, my observations of my own ageing and maturing social environment were magnified by my insights as a professional social anthropologist. You see, my life's work has been studying people and how they are adapting to the contemporary world. So inevitably, I turned my instruments around and studied myself, and how I was adapting - or not. Painful and informative are the two words that spring to mind from this self appraisal.

So what to do? Faced with the eternal dilemma of ageing and confronted by death's destiny what were my options? Suduko to keep my brain sharp? Moisturisers to keep my face supple? A work out machine to keep my body in shape? A healthy diet and a nod to youth fashions? Yes to all these things but a strong doubt that they were enough!

At the same time, there was something going on inside my head which was ill-formulated by definitely present. A sense that my whole approach to life was a very important consideration in I wanted to stay youthful. And what that came down to, I realised, was how I thought about life. Then it hit me. If I could think young, then I would be young. Here was something more fundamental. Something that accorded with what I knew about the teachings of psychology. And that made sense in terms of sociology. Increasingly, how we think and act defines who we are and where we are in society's structure - class and age are no longer destiny.

As Tim and I came together, it became obvious that we shared similar problems of ageing and independently had come to the same conclusions about the solutions. It's about mindsets - you truly are as young as you think.

This set us off on a two year journey of exploration and analysis. Were there ways to think younger? And sharper? How to uncover and decode these? Do we all have youthful mindsets early on in life and what happens to these over time? Can we measure how 'old' our thoughts are? What are the ways to recover youthful thinking? By wide research and analysis of robust social science data we came to a series of important discoveries about staying young. It's these fresh insights that we reveal in our book "You Can Be As Young As You Think".

You'll learn how to measure your Brain Age. You'll find out why being an "Old Brain" is the quickest road to a sad, solitary, detached existence. And you'll discover how to regain or retain a "Young Brain". It all comes down to the way you think about life. It's about applying the six Wisdoms of Youth.

Our book is unlike any self-help book you may have read. The theme is fresh and the insights are original and inspiring. Our aim is to help the reader help themselves to greater happiness, fulfilment and security than they thought possible. By rejuvenating, you win life back - for yourself and for those around you. You owe it to yourself to fight the forces of ageing. Tim and I are embarked on this journey. Will you join us?

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I found I had a young brain! 24 Oct 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was hugely reassuring to find that my brain is considerably young brained and much younger than my biological age. I learned that there are still a few ways my brain is a bit old brained but plently of suggestions of how to change those parts too! This book is usedful not only for discovering whether you are young or old brained but also fascinating for noticing ways in which others are stuck in an old brain mode whatevr their biological age. Thank you for writing this inspiring book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as old as I feared 5 Oct 2009
By Charles
This is one of those books that makes you see familiar people in a clearer light. Suddenly I remember my grandmother for being young despite her years; and I realise that I have acquaintances in their 20s and 30s who are older than she was in her 70s.

You too can be like Grandma. For less than the price of a pot of moisturiser you get something much more valuable: a thought-provoking action plan for how (and why) to stay young in brain, heart and spirit.

Warmly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Find the world getting difficult to deal with ? 12 Aug 2009
This book is an entertaining but very effective way of putting the modern world,of technology and cultural upheaval, in a manageable context. But most important of all it then gives you practical and engaging advice that really does two things,change the way you deal with the world and make you feel better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recomended 21 Jun 2009
Forget the cosmetics, fashion tips, fad diets. This is the best way to stay young and feel great
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5.0 out of 5 stars the wisdom of youth 8 Oct 2009
People often say that you're only as old as the woman you feel. I'm afraid this book disproves this theory. In fact, it demonstrates that you're only as young as you think. It also points out that thinking young is really, really important.

As someone in their late 40's, this book gives me hope. Hope that I can keep stay young even as I grow older. However, it also acts as watch-out. One can easily slip into old thinking and old behaviour without realising it.

The book is written in a young style - open, energetic, optimistic and challenging. It's also the kind of book you can dip into when you need a bit of inspiration. You'll find something useful on every page.

If you value your youth, I suggest you read this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This, I believe, is a ground-breaking book. It asks a simple question that doesn't seem to have been asked before: do you have a young brain or an old brain? To put it another way, are you (and the management of your company) caught like a rabbit in the headlight, anxious, and resistant to change - or are you responsive, creative, open and energised?

The good news is that it is also an entertaining book. It goes to prove that learning can also be fun. Highly recommended.

Michael Johnson
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