We all, at some point, grow old and acquire other qualities, and these can always be turned to good advantage. ~ Paulo Coelho
What does age have to do with it?
The only factor that holds you (or anyone) back regardless if you’re 40, 50, 60, 70+ years old from creating the life you want is the false belief that you are too old, too busy taking care of your family, too tired, that it’s too late – that you’ve missed your “window of opportunity”, that you can’t compete with the young Mark Zuckerbergs out there…I guess that’s true if you believe it, reality is just a perception so what if you changed the way you see things and decided to go for it? Why not? You have more to lose not doing it than if you try, regardless of the outcome.
What you don’t realize is that you have all of the ingredients acquired with age and experience to become potentially as or more successful than your younger, less experienced counterparts. What you simply need to succeed is a strong drive to achieve and kick ass, the motivation to succeed, to ignite that fire within, to embrace technology, become curious and above all, desire to use those years of life experience to kick ass and create the life you really want alongside everyone else, even if it’s just a simple idea, or something you work on at night…if you find yourself thinking about “what ifs” then you have to do it and those youngsters got nothing on you aside from having the courage and naive confidence to go for it.
Remember back when you were in school ready to graduate and take on the world? Unless your teachers really screwed up, they’ve made you believe you could make a difference, that what you did or said mattered, that you were invincible…I know I felt that way without needing any reminders. In our 20s we all feel at the top of the world, we’re in our prime years.
The only thing that has changed over the years is that now you have more responsibilities, the stakes got higher – you had to grow up. Without the family or business mentors around you cheering you on you forget your power, you stop believing in possibilities and most of all, you forget that your wisdom, knowledge and experience are invaluable to the world. Be your own cheerleader!
The truth is, as long as you’re alive and healthy, you can create and make a difference, and because of technology being within your reach (where’s your smart phone?), you have the world in the palm of your hand…literally. Technology has provided more ways for us to create success, beyond what you could imagine back in your 20s, isn’t that incredible? Is it daunting or challenging to keep up? Sure is, but not something you can’t adapt to and no matter what age we are, we all have the same 24 hrs in each day. In fact, because at this point you actually value and respect your time, you are most likely going to use that time wisely, you might be much more effective and efficient than the 20 somethings.
Gary Vaynerchuk has released a video that stresses exactly that. Check it out. I met Gary personally when he visited San Diego on his “Crash it” book tour. I have followed him for few years already as I loved his raw, no nonsense, loud style of delivering his business know-how and take on social media while he was still fully focused on his wine library. Two big reasons he succeeded (though I’m sure he can tell you few more), he’s a hustler and he has disrupted the wine industry with social media before that industry even know what social media was. So when Gary came to San Diego, I got an autographed copy 😉 of the book, of course…see below.
In fact the book is such a hit, he wrote another: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World to help others take advantage of the new social channels…but Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion is a book you should read immediately if you want some kick ass, action oriented advice on how to go for it, crash it and cash in on doing what you love to minimize regret.
Check out what Gary Vaynerchuk says about being 40+ and ripe for success in the above video. Little excerpt from his rant below:
“Look, I get it. Life happens. Things change. And maybe more importantly, so many people have great entrepreneurial DNA, but they just weren’t lucky enough to be born during an era in which that lifestyle seemed practical. It is incredibly difficult for someone who for years has gone along with a certain blueprint to understand that this is possible. It’s not a young man’s sport. I know it seems like it is, but it isn’t.
If you have the DNA, and you’re a 72 year old female, you have the exact same tools that a 25 year old man has. The drive. The motivation. The desire. Use that as hard as you can.
Stop making excuses. Nobody cares how old you are if you dominate, if you show that you have what it takes.
And the best part? Technology.
Because of that phone that I know is somewhere near you right this instant, you have so many more opportunities open to you. That phone, the apps in it, the power of social media, changed everything. And it can change things for you too. Use it to create something for yourself. Please.
Start putting in the work today.
Don’t let the 18 to 34 year olds take all the slices of this pie.
Because you know what you have on them? Years. Years of experience. Youth brings confidence, but you have time. You have the work to show.”
“Being 40, I feel caught in the middle. I understand the hesitation. I recognize that I had to be insane to pursue the path I did. Today, if a kid is failing classes but can sell a ton of shit on the internet, people say he’s the next Zuckerberg. Not the case when I was a kid. People said I was a fuck up.
So I get it, I do.
But you just have to try.
Got it? Good. Now go make something awesome. You owe it to yourself, and more importantly, you deserve it.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
Check out Gary Vaynerchuk’s story on this topic on Medium
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