It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been: A Guide to Getting the Life You Love

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Inspired by the timeless quote by the great writer George Eliot, It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been is a guidebook to getting the life you've always wanted. Written in best-selling author BJ Gallagher's trademark warm and witty style, this book is written for, in her own words, "Everyone who has let fear or busyness or any reason good or bad get in the way of achieving your highest goals and long-held dreams, and isn't that everyone?" Whether you are a brand new college graduate going out into the big, wide world, a business executive escaping burnout, or a 40-something mom looking for a 'second life,' this book is a wonderful combination of great advice, step-by-step guidelines, and pure inspiration to listen to and honor your inner voice and seize not just the day, but the rest of your life!
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BJ GALLAGHER is a dynamic workshop leader and charismatic keynote speaker, as well as a much-published author. She conducts seminars for women's groups, professional organizations, and corporations. This savvy media maven has appeared several times on the Today Show and in the pages of many women's magazines and newspapers, from the Los Angeles Times to the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jan 7, 2014
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Pages
220
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ISBN
9781936740765
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Success
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This content is DRM protected.
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