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Late Bloomers: How To Find Your Path

These days, society places an immense burden on us to succeed. We are bombarded with examples of people who are doing better than us in any area of life. A quick Google search can reveal many more.

While this can give us examples to follow, it also creates unrealistic expectations. Those have grown even more with the rise of social media. Now there are countless teenagers earning millions online. That’s enough to make anyone feel like they’re falling behind.

In comes Rich Kaarlgard with his book Late Bloomers, to bring hope to the rest of us. That book is a 200-page sigh of relief. It shares numerous stories of people who got started on the wrong path and eventually found their calling.

I found a couple of them especially inspiring:

Chuck Palahniuk published Fight Club at 34. That book was revolutionary. He’s now written 14 novels with combined sales of 5 million copies.

Dietrich Mateschitz founded Red Bull at 40. It’s now one of the most valuable private companies in the world, at $20 Billion.

Intelligence is key to success, and it’s not what we think it is. Tests like the SAT actually measure your test-taking ability and level of preparation, rather than intelligence. Even the creators of the SAT considered it one of their greatest regrets.

Instead, we have numerous types of intelligence. Some types peak early, but many of them peak in midlife or later. Your brain isn’t even fully formed until 25 at the earliest.

This book was encouraging, and gave a much more positive view of aging. Society prizes youth, though it’s fleeting.

Stay tuned for Part 2. Tomorrow, I will go more in-depth on the different ways Late Bloomers actually have an advantage in life.

Joel Smith

Author and writing coach at The Fit Writer.

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