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Late Bloomers

Rich Karlgaard

5 mins

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Late Bloomers will help you become more patient with the speed of your progress by identifying the damaging influences of early achievement culture and societal pressure, and how to be proud of reaching your peak later in life.


Late Bloomers

Late Bloomers

by Rich Karlgaard


Most of us have internalized the idea that we need to excel in school, graduate with honors, and land a dream job all by the time we're in our mid-twenties to be considered successful. We're bombarded with stories like Mark Zuckerburg's or Kylie Jenner's, young entrepreneurs becoming extremely rich and successful in their twenties. This can make us feel like we need to have reached our goals by the age of 30.

This competitive world pressures us to prove ourselves by reaching deadlines. But the truth is, we're all individuals, who develop and grow at very individual paces. It's okay, and even normal, to need a little longer to find your own path. This was especially true for bestselling author Rich Karlgaard. He got average grades in college and spent much of his twenties working odd jobs. It wasn't until years later that he found what he was passionate about and eventually became the publisher of Forbes.

In his book, Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement, Kaarlgard shares his personal experiences and explores the reasons behind our performance anxiety. He details the damaging effects this pressure can have on young minds. His insight is reassuring: being a late bloomer is nothing to be ashamed of – it should be celebrated.

Favorite quote

It's just as important to know when to drop something and shift direction as it is to know when to stick with something. When we quit the things that aren't working for us, we free up our willpower and perseverance for the things that really do matter.

- Rich Karlgaard

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