If you feel like it’s too late to accomplish those goals you’ve been putting on the back burner, hopefully, this short article will convince you otherwise. My only request is that you stay open-minded and hear me out. This morning I was chatting a young friend about investments. Like any disillusioned person in their late 30s, I gave her the usual spill, “at least you are young and have the whole your life ahead. If I were your age I would do blah blah blah …. [insert your broken dreams here]”. And just as I was going down the slippery slope of sharing my regrets, I stopped and conclude with, “aw well, while it’s harder I can still see through my dreams”
We all start in life with big goals and ambitions but soon we start to hit road bumps. With every setback, our confidence and self believe slow chips and soon we revert to self-preservation. We are so afraid to take risks or push beyond our comfort zone. Look, we probably have valid reasons. It could be the fact that we’ve been burnt before and cannot afford to be devastated again or our life is now so complex that making changes feels like trying to manoeuvre the titanic.
I still believe that it’s not too late to pursue your dreams or start new ones. Here’s why. While you are too busy focusing on what haven’t done or got, you are probably discounting all the lessons, insights and experiences you picked up along the way from the ups and downs. You are also probably thinking from a scarcity mindset where you believe that opportunities are finite and not unlimited. You are welcome to convince me otherwise but I believe that we are living in an era of infinite opportunities, probably some of the best times in human civilisation. Also, a lot of things that used to take a long time to do now take lesser time thanks to technology, easy information access and a globally connected world.
A lot of people are starting businesses later in life. In fact, the average age of a successful startup founder is 45. Think of some of the most successful names in hospitality like McDonald’s and KFC whose founders started the business past 50. It does no matter how far you feel the time is gone. You can always start again? You can always learn new things if you are open and willing. You can always assume a new identity and reinvent yourself. You don’t have to do things the same way as everyone, you can always bring in your own experience and create your success your way. You’ll have to confront your fears and insecurities.
Go on, take the leap today.