Updated and expanded for a new generation of leaders, Bob Buford’s bestseller shows you how to make the second half of life more rewarding than the first.
Are you ready to move into the second half of your life? 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, Buford focuses on this important time of transition—the time when, as he says, a person moves beyond the first half of the game of life. It’s halftime, a time of revitalization and for catching a new vision for living the second half, the half where life can be lived at its most rewarding. As Buford explains, “My passion is to multiply all that God has given me, and in the process, give it back.”
Features of this newly updated and expanded 20th Anniversary edition include a foreword by Jim Collins, the bestselling author of Good to Great; new questions for reflection or discussion at the end of each chapter; brand new “halftime” stories of men and women enjoying a second half of significance; specific halftime assignments to guide readers into their second-half mission; an essay by Bob on “The Wisdom of Peter Drucker”; a special update from the author on how the halftime movement is growing nationally, and links to outstanding resources.
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About 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.
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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.'
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.
Table of ContentsContents Foreword Introduction: Opening the Heart’s Holiest Chamber Part 1 The First Half 1. Listening to the Gentle Whisper 2. The Hour of Reverse Conversion 3. A Season of Searching and Self-Help 4. Success Panic 5. Locating the Mainspring 6. “Adios, Ross” Part 2 Halftime 7. Taking Stock 8. What Do You Believe? 9. Finding Your One Thing 10. From Success to Significance 11. Finding the Center and Staying There 12. Staying in the Game, But Adjusting the Plan 13. Overlapping Curves 14. Leaping into the Abyss Part 3 The Second Half 15. Life Mission 16. Regaining Control 17. Healthy Individualism 18. Life-long Learning 19. Respect for Externals 20. Playing for All You’re Worth 21. A 50/50 Proposition Acknowledgments Selected Bibliography Discussion Guide
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's really a book written by a business owner for business owners. Concepts are applicable to everyone though since it deals with looking at one's life and considering a change in the game plan like a football coach who is winning the game but knows that adjustments have to be made to the game plan to see it through to a successful conclusion. A lot of stories to showcase the concepts (which I like). “Half-Time” by Bob Buford (Subtitle “Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance”) has a forward by my absolute favorite business author and thinker, the late Peter Drucker. Recommended by Ken Blanchard & Stephen Covey (among others), so it has some critical weight behind it. It’s all about the journey, right? Successful business owners seem to have the ability to envision the best ways to deliver value and impart that vision to their staff, customers, vendors and the community at large. “Half Time” walks business owners through the same process but with a different perspective. Not to grow a business but envision a fuller life for the business owners themselves and their families that contributes to more completing fulfilling their own life’s true purpose (which may be through the business or beyond the business). Chris Foley
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".
Unfortunately it's loaded to the gills with christian narative which is entirely besides the point it's superficially still trying to make. Unless you are a devout christian who seeks religious reading, skip this book.
Great food for thought during life transition!
Wow!!! If you want to see around some dark, blind corners of life before you get there, this is the book to read! And if you are already further along in life's journey, this book will become a much bigger and brighter bulb in you flashlight. I now have an understanding of how a person changes with time, and why. This book has given me insight to who I am now, what I expect out of myself later, and a path to become what I what to be.