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by Bob Buford, Peter F. Drucker (Foreword by)

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Is there life after success?'One of the most common characteristics of a person nearing the end of the first half (of the game of life) is that unquenchable desire to move from success to significance.'Bob Buford believes the second half of your life can be better than the first. Much better. But first, you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest


Is there life after success?'One of the most common characteristics of a person nearing the end of the first half (of the game of life) is that unquenchable desire to move from success to significance.'Bob Buford believes the second half of your life can be better than the first. Much better. But first, you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life.In Halftime, Bob focuses on this important time of transition—the time when, as he says, a person pauses to consider what will make their remaining years rich and meaningful.As Buford explains, 'My passion is to inspire business and professional leaders to embrace God's calling and move from success to significance.'To help people at midlife to embark on their 'personal renaissance,' Buford lifts up the important questions we need to ask:What am I really good at? What do I want to do? What is most important to me? What do I want to be remembered for? If my life were absolutely perfect, what would it look like? Buford fills Halftime with a blend of personal insight, true-life examples, and hit-the-nail-on-the-head quotes from men who have successfully navigated the exhilarating and potentially dangerous shoals of midlife.The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself, but when he plays the role destiny has for him.—Vaclav HavelThe thing to understand is myself, to see what God really wishes me to do . . . to find the idea for which I can live and die.—Soren KierkegaardMidlife. Halftime. It doesn't need to be a time of crisis; it can be a catalyst. Bob Buford provides the encouragement and insight to propel your life on a new course away from mere success to true significance—and the best years of your life.

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Opening the Heart's Holiest Chamber

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear."

Matthew 13: 3-9

None of us knows when we will die. But any one of us, if we wish, may select our own epitaph. I have chosen mine. It is, I should confess, a somewhat haunting thing to think about your gravestone while you are vitally alive. Yet there it is, a vivid image in my mind and heart, standing as both a glorious inspiration and an epic challenge to me:


It means 100 times. I have taken it for myself from the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. I'm an entrepreneur, and I want to be remembered as the seed that was planted in good soil and multiplied a hundred fold. It is how I wish to live. It is how I attempt to express my passions and my core commitments. It is how I envision my own legacy. I want to be a symbol of higher yield, in life and in death.

Saint Augustine said that asking yourself the question of your own legacy--What do I wish to be remembered for?--is the beginning of adulthood. That is what I have done by writing my own epitaph. After all, an epitaph should be something more than a wispy, wishful, self-selected motto. If it's honest, it says something about who you are at the essence of your personality and your soul.

The stuff that stirs within the heart's holiest chamber is, I believe, a gift given to us all by our Creator. It's one way of expressing a conviction that human beings are more than animals or machines. It is a confession that we are spiritual beings with a purpose--and a destiny. It's a divine reminder that we are miraculously and wonderfully made in the image of God.

You may call my 100X epitaph wishful thinking, and surely that is part of what it is. But when you select an epitaph as an expression of gratitude for your singular talent--and as a goal to which you are committed until you rest, at last, beneath the gravestone--you identify yourself as someone with a purpose and a passion that has been encoded in you for life.

The parable of the sower gets to the center of my dreams and to the kernel of my experiences. It is the driving force behind this book. My passion is to multiply all that God has given me and, in the process, give it back. And I would like to incite you to do the same. I do not want you to be the seed that fell along the path, or that was scattered in rocky places, or that was choked by weeds. Such seed held potential to become fruitful, but circumstances prevented it.

My own circumstances provided a moist and fertile soil in which I could grow. It was a fortunate environment, and that has been a critical factor in my story. My own tale is not that of the self-made man, nor is it a rags-to-riches account or a Horatio Alger fantasy. I was given far more opportunity for growth, personal development, and financial rewards than most Americans.

On the one hand you might say that I have been lucky, for indeed I have been given much with which to work. But if you believe, as I do, that "to whom much is given much is also required," you will begin to see how daunting my epitaph is.

What about your epitaph? What have you been given, and what will you do with it the rest of your life?

Recently I have begun looking at my own life through the metaphor of a football game (actually, any sport that divides its action into two halves will do). Up until my thirty-fifth year, I was in the first half. Then, circumstances intervened that sent me into halftime. Now I am playing the second half, and it's turning into a great game. Along the way, I have come to the conclusion that the second half of our lives should be the best half--that it can be, in fact, a personal renaissance.

During the first half of your life, if you are like me, you probably did not have time to think about how you would spend the rest of your life. You probably rushed through college, fell in love, married, embarked on a career, climbed upward, and acquired many things to help make the journey comfortable.

You played a hard-fought first half. You may have even been winning. But sooner or later you begin to wonder if this really is as good as it gets. Somehow, keeping score does not offer the thrill it once did.

You may have taken some vicious hits. A good share of men and women never make it to halftime without pain. Serious pain. Divorce. Too much alcohol. Not enough time for your kids. Guilt. Loneliness. Like many good players, you started the half with good intentions but got blindsided along the way.

Even if your pain was slight, you are smart enough to see that you cannot play the second half as you did the first. For one thing, you do not have the energy you once had. Fresh out of college, you had no problem with the fourteen-hour days and going in to the office on weekends. It was part of your first-half game plan, something almost inevitable if you hoped to succeed. But now you yearn for something more than success.

Then there is the reality of the game itself: The clock is running. What once looked like an eternity ahead of you is now within reach. And while you do not fear the end of the game, you do want to make sure that you finish well, that you leave something behind no one can take away from you. If the first half was a quest for success, the second half is a journey to significance.

Meet the Author

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 fundo Network Liderazgo, una organizasion que busca aselerar la urgencia de iglesias efectivas para identificar, conectar y buscando inobativos lideres de iglesia. Y tiempo y medio una organisacion desinada para inspirar negosios y lideres profesionales a adaptar la llamada de Dios y moverse de exito a significasion.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I had to describe this book in one sentence, I'd have to say it's a Christian based self-help book for people entering the second half of their life to help them make the most of what time is left. If this sounds a bit pessimistic, believe me it's not, in fact its the opposite. The book is extremely optimistic and wants the second half of your life to be the best- and I believe it can be. The book leads you through an insightful journey to help you figure out where you want to be headed. There are many thought provoking questions and the book ends with a discussion guide, mainly intended for small groups, however I don't see why a single reader couldn't benefit from it as well. All-in-all it's worth the read if you're looking for a little direction for the last leg of your journey. Also recommend "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book deals with how we spent the first half of our life, now it's Halftime and it helps you to prioritize how you will spend the second half of your life. Written by a successful Christian businessman. At times, he sounds a little secular, but overall it is a great book with a Christian perspective
Anonymous More than 1 year ago