Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in by Dara Torres, Elizabeth Weil

By Dara Torres, Elizabeth Weil

From mythical Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres comes a motivational, inspirational memoir approximately staying healthy, getting older gracefully, and pursuing your dreams.

Dara Torres captured the hearts and minds of american citizens of every age whilst she introduced her Olympic comeback as a brand new mom on the age of forty-one—years after she had retired from aggressive swimming and 8 years when you consider that her final Olympics. while she took 3 silver medals in Beijing—including a heartbreaking .01-second end in the back of the gold medalist within the women’s 50-meter freestyle—America enjoyed her all of the extra for her staggering success and her good-natured attractiveness of the results.

Now, in Age is simply a Number, Dara finds how the dream of an Olympic comeback first got here to her—when she was once months into her first, hard-won being pregnant. With humor and candor, Dara recounts how she again to severe training—while nursing her child daughter and contending along with her liked father’s lengthy conflict with melanoma.

Dara talks frankly approximately diving again in for this comeback; approximately being an older athlete in a more youthful athletes’ video game; approximately festival, doubt, and trust; approximately operating via soreness and uncertainty; and finally—about seizing the instant and, most vital, by no means giving up. a very self-made legend, her tale will resonate with ladies of all ages—and with someone bold to entertain a likely very unlikely dream.

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CASE STUDY: HOW ADVERTISING AGENCY WPP FINDS ITS GLOBAL TALENT Martin Sorrell, 54, chairman and CEO of WPP Group plc, has enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of the changing logic of global competition. Here, in an interview2 published in Fast Company magazine, he responds to a question asking him to identify the most serious weakness plaguing big, global companies – American or otherwise. ‘‘The battle for talent. Let’s start with our business. As an industry, advertising is simply not getting its fair share of outstanding young people.

But location also matters more because we are seeing a growing phenomenon in places like Silicon Valley, where businesses are, to use a term coined by Michael Porter, ‘‘clustering’’ because the benefits of proximity to competitors outweigh the costs. These perceived benefits include: » new technology that improves the productivity of the industry as a whole gets diffused more easily; » it can be easier to pick up on new trends in what buyers want; and » the effects of competing for employees are balanced by the fact that qualified people from all over the world gravitate to your cluster.

The study found that long-lived companies have four essential traits in common. 48 ORGANIZATIONS EXPRESS 1 Sensitivity to the environment – a company’s ability to learn and adapt. 2 Cohesion and identity – a company’s innate ability to build a community and persona for itself. 3 Tolerance and decentralization – a company’s ability to build constructive relationships with other entities, within and outside itself, and a willingness to experiment. 4 Conservative financing – a company’s ability to finance its own growth and evolution effectively by retaining resources that enable flexibility.

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