Item description for Finishing Well: What People Who "Really Live" Do Differently by Bob Buford...
ON THE EDGE OF A NEW FRONTIER
Author Bob Buford calls them "pathfinders" -- individuals for whom age 40 and beyond has been an opportunity to further their significance rather than to rest on their success. They are people who have pioneered the art of finishing well in these modern times, and who can teach us to do the same, starting today. Buford sought out 60 of these trailblazers -- including Peter Drucker, Roger Staubach, Jim Collins, Ken Blanchard and Dallas Willard -- and has recorded their lively conversations in these pages so that they can serve as "mentors in print" for all of us.
"Twenty years from now," Buford writes, "the rules for this second adulthood as a productive season of life may be better known. But for now, we're out across the frontier breaking new ground." Buford gives you a chance to sit at the feet of these pioneers and learn from them about Finishing Well so that you may shift into a far more fulfilling life now, no matter your age. A life of significance that will be a legacy for future generations too.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1591451108 ISBN13 9781591451105
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More About Bob Buford
Bob Buford is an entrepreneur that grew a successful cable television company in the first half of his life. In his second half, Buford founded Halftime, an organization designed to inspire business and professional leaders to embrace God's calling and move from success to significance. For outstanding resources, self-assessment tools, stories, events and experiences to help you on your Halftime journey from success to significance visit www.Halftime.org.
Bob Buford currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Finishing Well: What People Who "Really Live" Do Differently?
An Okay Book - Good Thoughts and Insights But Targeted More for Those in the Economic Upper Class Sep 10, 2007
"Finishing Well" is the third book I have read by Bob Buford and admittingly is my least favorite. The other two books "Halftime" and "Gameplan" appeared to be targeted towards a broader economic class while "Finishing Well" is more targeted towards those who have been financially successful and who can pretty much do what they want to do with the last 1/2 of their life.
The book is about 300 pages long and contains 18 chapters, some of which are titled:
It's About Finding Your Core It's About Relationships and Priorities It's About Family First It's About the Power of New Purpose It's About Putting Yourself at Risk It's About Finding the Right Fit and so on.
While the book has great ideas and suggestions, the application seems more for those who are financially loaded and have more freedom to do what they want to do. What about the more common average American who cannot afford to quit or cut back on their career and pursue a "higher calling"?
Quite frankly, I get more inspiration from the local newspaper when it lists a common average citizen who makes valuable contributions to the community. While I share the author's Christian beliefs, I would like remind him that Jesus spent most of His time with the common folk of His day. Also, there are many more examples in the Bible of common ordinary people (instead of the rich and/or extraordinary people like those interviewed by Mr. Buford) being mightily used by God. Reading both Old and New Testaments will bring anyone to a similar conclusion.
Perhaps the book would have been better titled "Finishing Well For Those Who Are Very Financially Prosperous".
Still, "Finishing Well" is a good read, but it could have been better had the book contained interviews with more common ordinary people.
Bob Buford's book--Finishing Well Aug 23, 2007
Excellent guidance.....Purchased 5 additional ones for friends who are in or approaching "Half-Time" of their lives. Everyone over 40 years old should read this book.
Significant People Mar 17, 2006
If you like to read stories about people who do well, you will like this book. And since I do, I liked this book. But it lacks something that I was looking for when I bought it. If you are looking for a story that "rocks your world" that you want to give a standing ovation for..., you probably won't find it here.
Like a shooting star that fell short Jan 16, 2006
I started this with hope of having a great read about people out making a difference in life. I guess it is to an extent but its more of a pat my back I'll pat yours of big time exec's going about doing the great things once they retire and who knows if they do or just lend their names or sit on boards. I was hoping for some real life people who gave their lives to causes instead of the good ole boys club that this appears to me to be. Disappointed in the work.
To Run The Good Race, and Finish Well. Sep 19, 2005
This is a self-help book to help you determine how to make the world a better place for your having been here. First, you must make a plan and follow through. Here is a sample and suggestions for success.
Peter Drucker's principles for life include: 1) Find out who you are. 2)Reposition yourself for full effectiveness and fulfillment in life's second half. 3) Find your emotional core. 4) Make your life an endgame. 5) Planning doesn't work by itself. You must follow through. 6) You have to know your values. 7) You have to define what 'finishing well' means to you. 8) You have to know the difference between the difference between harvesting and planting. 9) Good intentions aren't enough. You have to define the results you're after. and 10) There's a downside to "no longer learning, no longer growing."
In this book, the reader will learn about giving and receiving a blessing, about the power of saying "no", about redefining what helps you to get up in the morning, about putting yourself at risk (for change), about finding the right fit, about staying the course, and most importantly finishing well. "If people see their best years behind them, they're probably not going to finish very welll, because you can't finish well when you're going backwards."
Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote in ULYSSES: "'Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite the sounding furrows; for my purpose hold to sail beyond the sunset, and the baths of all the western stars, until I die. It may be that the gulfs will wash us down; it may be we shall touch the Happy Isles, and see the great Achilles, whom we knew. ...That which we are, we are, one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
The author wrote HALFTIME, and praises Peter Drucker as being the leading wisdom figure in his life. "It has been lie a playwright having access to Shakespeare or a physician to Einstein." He says, "I love smart people." So do I! He ends with the interpretation of John 17:1-23 and encourages the reader to study it as needed.