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Prill Boyle

Inspired by this woman's persistence and courage, Prill decided to write a book about late bloomers Defying Gravity.

Defying Gravity recounts the stories of 12 "ordinary" women who have done extraordinary things later in life.

One woman didn't graduate from high school until she was 42 and is now a professor at an Ivy League university. Another was a shy housewife until she was 52 and is now the CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation.

Connecting these first-person accounts together is the story of the author, herself a late bloomer. Defying Gravity is her first book. (To see photos of the women and read their bios, go to the " WOMEN " page.)

Defying Gravity is in bookstores nationwide
in both hardcover and paperback and available
on Amazon.com.

Sticking With Your Dreams

If you're like many Americans, you've already given up on your New Year's resolutions. Research shows that 80 percent of people who pledge in January to change their behavior have lost heart by Valentine's Day.

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Marion Jacobs, author of Take-Charge Living: How to Recast Your Role in Life...One Scene at a Time , part of the problem is that our brains don't believe we're serious about changing until they see some proof.

Taking Your Time

Following her own advice, she published her first book in her 70s. Over the next 20 years she wrote nine more, eventually selling upward of 3 million copies.

Wesley's success, however, was far from sudden. A classic late bloomer, she spent most of her adult life attempting without success to establish herself as a writer. As journalist Rebecca Seal notes in a review of Wesley's official biography, "It was almost as though she needed to live through her 'wild' life in order to hone the material in her books."

Imagine You're Ninety

Several years ago, while teaching English at a community college, I asked a group of students to write their obituaries. Initially, they were shocked by the assignment, but when I explained that its purpose was to inspire them to become bolder in their lives and braver with their dreams, they warmed up to the idea.


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