“Circle Sq. and I are definitely on the same team. We both see later life as a time of opening, rather than closing doors.”
Over two decades ago, Carl Honoré took on the cult of speed by championing the Slow Movement and reminding us all to live more fully. Now, in his 50s, he continues to use his intellect, wit and deep understanding of human behaviour to inspire audiences across the globe. His two main stage TED talks have racked up millions of views and momentum continues to grow for his simple but game-changing message: To thrive in a fast world, you have to slow down.
Carl’s series of groundbreaking books chronicle the global trend toward putting on the brakes on everything from work to food to relationships.
His last book, Bolder: Making The Most Of Our Longer Lives is a spirited manifesto against ageism and a must-read for Circle Sq. members. His conclusion? We are entering a golden age of ageing. People in later life are healthier, happier, wealthier and fitter than ever before. So why not learn a language in your 50s, launch a business in your 60s, take up surfing in your 70s, fall in love in your 80s or join a protest movement in your 90s? To do so, however, we must reinvent our view of ageing – and redesign everything from education and politics to business and healthcare.
His latest work is “30 Days to Slow” a practical, step-by-step guide to help you dial down the rushing, the distraction and the busyness in your life. To help you reconnect with your inner tortoise. Fellow advocate of more fulfilling living is Thrive’s Arianna Huffington, whose review states, “So love Carl’s new workbook 30 Days to Slow, in which he guides readers through the steps of slowing down in a world where perpetual busyness is often seen as a badge of honor.”
The truth is that it is possible to slow down in a fast world. And not only is it possible, it is the best thing you will ever do for yourself and the people around you. In the words of Mae West, “Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.”
Aside from being a global guru, Carl is an advisor to Jack Media, which makes messaging apps, and sits on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City. Carl lives in London. While researching his first book on slowness, he was slapped with a speeding ticket.
Here’s our quick-fire Q&A with Carl:
- What 3 words best describe you? Curious, optimistic, sportive.
- If you could offer your younger self one piece of advice, what would that be? Don’t worry so much about what other people think of you.
- What do you consider to be your greatest achievement? The Slow Movement
- Which person (dead or alive) would you most like to invite to dinner? Martin Luther King
- How has age strengthened your advantage? I no longer worry so much about what other people think of me!
- What does Circle Sq. mean to you? Having a rich network of people at a similar stage of life is a godsend.