Being a Late Bloomer May Be Better for You

By Jason Middleton

This one is about early-career prodigies versus late bloomers. Let’s review the bidding…

Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook at age 19, Taylor Swift released her first album at 16, Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Prize at 17, and Time Magazine now releases an annual list of “Most Influential Teens.”

The stories of success in the media get younger and younger, and we’re pushing our kids harder and harder. So much so that the tutoring and test prep industry generates nearly $1 billion each year.

Are our kids being pushed to the brink of breakdown? Is it right to discount any successes achieved after your “30 Under 30” expiration date?

Our mounting preoccupation with precocity has created a distorted if not downright dangerous narrative: if we, or our children, aren’t prodigies, we’ve failed?

Turns out, late blooming is where it’s at. Here’s Rich Karlgaard – publisher of Forbes magazine – who is a self-proclaimed late-bloomer – and his new book is ‘LATE BLOOMERS: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement.’


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