Pursue a Dream after 'Half Time'

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Pursue a Dream after 'Half Time'


More than 12,000 people turn 50 each day in America. In this era of layoffs and downsizing, many wonder if it's all downhill from there for the next 30 years.

When Bob Buford, 69, a cable TV millionaire, wrote Half Time in 1995, it sold 600,000 copies. The book offered Bible-based advice on how to move from success to significance in Act II of one's life.

He has updated and expanded the book for a new generation and has included Beyond Half Time, a compilation of advice for your second half.

He is a master of aphorisms: The past clogs up the future. You have to swing at lots of pitches to hit home runs. You are not in control of the universe.

So, how can people make the closing laps their best?

Do what you're best at and what reignites your passion, he said in an interview. Often people are dull and going on autopilot in midlife. ... Do what fits your economic situation Manage yourself rather than being managed by an institution. Find the idea for which you can live and die.

Beginning some time in their 40s, most people experience some degree of weariness in their accomplishments and begin to look afield. Mr. Buford got to this stage at age 42. In 1984, he founded the Leadership Network, which seeks and connects leaders of the country's most innovative churches.

But one cannot pursue a dream while unemployed. Mr. Buford suggests starting work on a pet project while keeping the day job. He operated parallel careers until 1999, when he unloaded his cable TV company, investing the proceeds aggressively. A stock market plunge cost him 20 percent.

I had a prayer session with the Lord in which I said, 'What's going on here?

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