Halftime

Moving from Success to Significance
Narrated by: Max Bloomquist
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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Midlife is no longer a crisis, but a growing awareness. The achievements that energized your success no longer seem as rewarding. You find yourself thinking, there’s got to be more. You’re ready to move from success to significance. Welcome to halftime: your personal timeout in the game of life. Time to pause and take inventory of what really matters to you in order to chart an even more meaningful and satisfying second half. “My passion is to inspire business and professional leaders to embrace God’s calling and move from success to significance,” writes Bob Buford. Proven in the lives of thousands of men and women worldwide, the values, wisdom, and hands-on applications in Halftime are timeless. Features of this newly updated edition include a foreword by the bestselling author of Good to Great, Jim Collins; new questions for reflection or discussion; 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; and a special update from the author on how the halftime movement is growing nationally.

©2008 The Leadership Network, Inc. (P)2008 Zondervan

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Good Book for Those in Transition

This book was recently recommended to a friend of mine by a leader we both respected who has recently retired. Being at the same stage of life as my friend, I decided to read the book as well. This is an updated and revised edition of the author’s best-selling book. It includes new stories, questions and answers, and a new chapter on doing “Halftime” if you can’t quit your job.
Using the analogy of a sports game (think football or basketball), the author tells us that the first half of our lives (usually our first 40 years or so), is when we focus most on our careers and less on others and significant causes. It is the time for following our dreams, chasing and acquiring success. It is also the season to develop our faith and learn more from the Bible about how to approach life. It is here that we learn, gain and earn.
“Halftime” is when you take stock of what you have accomplished thus far in your life and look for ways to move from success to significance. It’s a chance to dig more deeply into what you believe and evaluate whether your life is heading in a direction aligned with your beliefs.
The second half is the time when you can truly make a significant contribution to the world. The author states that the biggest mistake most of us make in the first half of our lives is not taking enough time for the things that are really important. The second half is the season for us to use our gifts in service to others.
Throughout the book the author tells his personal story. His father died when he was in the fifth grade. His mother went on to found a successful radio and then later television company, which she would later turn over to him. His mother died in a hotel fire when the author was only 31. Later, the author would lose his only son at 24 years old in a drowning accident.
At just 34 years of age, the author developed 6 life goals. He was very successful, but what came after success? He realized that it was time to take stock, to stop and listen to the Voice.
He was challenged by a friend to determine what was in his “box”, what was his “one thing”. What would he do with what he believed? He needed to move from success to significance with Jesus at his center. He tells us that the key to your second half, which he believes can be better than your first, is a change of heart.
He suggests developing a personal mission statement as you seek to regain control of your life in your second half.
He writes of the importance of life-long learning in your second half. We should never stop learning. He also addresses money issues. He writes that the second half is not about money, but about mission.
He writes that getting from your first half to your second half isn’t easy, nor are the lines between the two halves clear. It is on ongoing journey about living a fulfilling life and leaving a valued legacy.
He tells us that “Halftime” is the opposite of retirement. Once you have your “what”, you can start working on your “how”.
The author’s passion is to multiply all that God has given him, and in the process to give it back. What is your passion? What is in your “box”? What is your “one thing”?
This helpful book ends with appendices on the wisdom of Peter Drucker, who was a large influence on the author and questions and answers with the author.

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GREAT BOOK AS ONE JOURNEYS THROUGH LIFE!

What did you love best about Halftime?

For people that have lived enough life that they are at a point where they may be asking "Is this all there is to life?", it is very helpful in answering that question.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bob Buford, the author of the book. He was real.

What about Max Bloomquist’s performance did you like?

Very easy to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

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Nothing new, very superficial

First of all the book is too preachy. If you can set aside the fact that is written for christian audience it can be tolerable. But the real issue is that the book doesn't offer the level of depth, insight and action to really face true half time challenges. Rather is the story of a rich man who lost his son and decided to dedicate full time to his church.

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Mislead

I didn’t realize this is a Christian philosophical journey- would not have downloaded this book.

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Very Inspiring

This is a great book that everyone should read, with a clear and concise message on how to achieve significance on your later years and how you can prepare for the second half of your life way in advance.

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great read

at 48 years old I now see my second half plan. this book is for anyone who is wondering what do I do with tomorrow

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Legit

This book is a legit resource for people to read before they finish their first half and their productive life as they consider next steps. I would love to see Mr. Buford spend some time going through cases for people who don’t have ample resources as they enter the half time which I feel is likely more than 50%

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Very Timely & Confirming

As I approach middle age and given the events of the last few years, "Half Time" was invaluable in helping me understand and in many ways, validate some of the choices and inner longings I've been experiencing. I would STRONGLY recommend this book to anyone who is looking to make sense of their next steps regarding the second half of their lives.

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  • 01-29-19

A lot of meat to chew on for those entering mid-life

I’m no stranger to business, management, leadership, and Christian books and authors. There can sometimes be a lot of filler. There’s no/little filler in this material. Although some of it was not new conceptually, I still found it relevant today. As a man entering “Half-Time” I found it timely in my search for “something more.” I hope you do to.

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Worthwhile but repetitive

The primary messages of this book could be summarized within an hour. I recommend reading at 2x.

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  • 10-27-15

A phenomenal book.

If you could sum up Halftime in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely masterpiece. Love it. Loads of fantastic points and insights to use straight away.
Highly recommend to anyone. I am very happy with that book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My main character was Jesus. And his influence on the author. Stunning performance.

What about Max Bloomquist’s performance did you like?

He did a fantastic job.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both.

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  • ngash
  • 03-27-19

What's Next...

Good book with practical insights.
Eliminate condescending reference to talking about Natives around a campfire

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  • huang wong
  • 10-30-18

A Heavenly and life changing significant book !

Thank you so much Bob! I am speechless after reading this book! To me, this confirms what I heard from God, “the small still voice” and I am energise !
I thank God for your passion, your talent and i am certain Ross is honoured and beam with smile to have you as his father and will be waiting to meet you at the Heavenly gate!! God bless Bob.
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