Late bloomer. I never thought of myself this way but after reading Malcolm Gladwell’s “What The Dog Saw 副教授剽窃论文 中国禁贾斯汀演出

Self-Improvement The world as we know it, is now inhabited and empowered mostly by the young Youthfulness is prized and sometimes we, er, mature ones have to take a backseat and see young people in its prime do amazing things right before our very eyes. I need not even elucidate on what Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has revolutionized in his twenties. And with that, I could just even rest my case. I admit that I am no longer that young and if we take on the premise that success is reserved only for the young, then that pretty slims down my chances. But I still do have dreams, wishes, plans, and crazy ideas that I want to do – am I too late? Is the world closing down its doors on someone my age to try new things out and still succeed? Is the world not going to be receptive for older people starting something new later in life? Isn’t there a place, and space, for late bloomers? Late bloomer. I never thought of myself this way but after reading Malcolm Gladwell’s "What The Dog Saw," I found myself identifying with this state of mind, and being. In a chapter entitled, Late Bloomers: Why Do We Equate Genius With Precocity, I was quite amazed by the story of former lawyer turned fiction writer Ben Fountain. He was a practicing lawyer when he suddenly abandoned the legal profession and just started writing. For 18 years, he sat on his kitchen table just writing fiction. Luckily, he was married to a very supportive wife, who happens to be a lawyer, too, and allowed him to do what he really wants to do in his life. Eventually, he had his new career breakthrough when he wrote a collection of short stories entitled, "Brief Encounters with Che Guevarra." Later on, it won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. This breakthrough came when he was already 48 years old. Late bloomer, indeed! I have yet to read Ben Fountain’s award-winning story but his own story is really an inspiration. Genius doesn’t have to show up early in life. More geniuses may still emerge later in life; a late bloomer. So the next time an elderly person tells you that he or she wants to pursue something very extraordinary, don’t dismiss it as something folly. It could just be the beginning of something really great. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: