“Am I too old?” We’ve all done it. “I can’t [insert XYZ dream here] because I’m too old / too young / not experienced enough / not qualified enough / I’ll never catch up / it’s too late.”
I’ve done it, too. For nearly a decade I didn’t stand in my ‘Soul-Shoes’ because I figured I had to be 40 for anyone to believe in me.
Nowadays, my newsfeed is full of 24 year olds making world-changing documentaries and writing books, so it would be easy to assume I’m now too old.
And I hear it so often from the entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs I work with. It’s easy to convince ourselves that the message out there is that ‘old is bad’ and ‘it’s too late to start’. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
For example, I’m a member of the UK’s Institute of Directors and they even have a special club (and reduced membership rate) for solopreneurs and startup entrepreneurs but – get this – you have to be under 40 to join.
Business success isn’t about your age. It’s about your attitude. [Click To Tweet This]
Contrast that with an inspirational interview I saw yesterday with a yoga teacher who is still leading classes and running a fully-subscribed yoga school, well into her nineties.
Why is it that, when we pass a certain birthday (we get to choose which one), we start telling ourselves we’re too old, that we’ll never catch up with the technology, that we don’t have enough energy, or that it’s too late to get started…? Gary Vaynerchuk did a great video on this, this week. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can find it over on my Facebook page here.
So I’ve got a question for you:
If you think about the difference you’re here to make, and think back to a particular person you have helped, who was grateful to you for your expertise and passion and heart:
Did they care how old you are?
If they didn’t, why do you?
It’s just another excuse. And excuses aren’t real. They’re just stories we tell ourselves to make it ok that we’re dreaming big, but playing small. [Click To Tweet This]
I was working on the gorgeous inspiration mini-cards that I’m creating to go with the Dare To Dream Bigger Handbook yesterday – the idea is that you get a bag of 20 mini quotes or questions and pick one at random, if you’re stuck. And one of the quotes fits just right today:
Somewhere out there, somebody is lying awake at night, wishing for the solution that only you can offer. [Click To Tweet This]
Of course not!
We want to work with someone we can trust, and we don’t care what they look like or how old they are. Here’s the ‘credibility equation’ I talk about in the Dare To Dream Bigger Handbook – I have worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and passionate world-changers since I took the leap in 2002 and my research has shown that ‘credibility’ boils down to:
Passion + Experience + Authenticity = Credible Expert
Notice how ‘age’ doesn’t show up in there? Notice how ‘particular qualifications’ doesn’t show up, either? We want someone who is passionate – excited – about what they’re doing, who clearly has the ability to do it, and who walks their talk.
The fact is that each stage of your life brings with it new wisdom, experience and learnings. Wherever you are at right now is the perfect place to start. Otherwise you’ll reach your final breaths and look back, wishing that you had.
Yes, I know it can be scary. Yes, I know it can feel impossible. But you and I both know it isn’t, really. After all, that which you can imagine, you can – at some level – create. Here’s another one of yesterday’s inspiration cards for you:
Say ‘YES!’ to the future you’re dreaming of. Make the decision. Commit to it. And the Universe will create miracles to support you. [Click To Tweet This]
You were given this heartfelt yearning for a reason – because the world needs you and your gifts. And there’s no point in waiting. As the Chinese proverb says: “The second best time to plant an oak tree is today.”
The 3-part formula I use with my one-to-one clients and Masterminders is:
Clarity On Your ‘Mission’ + Clearing Out The Blocks + Taking Inspired Action = Dreams Come True
Miss out one of those stages and you’ll struggle. But lining things up for those stages is much easier than you might think.
So, to inspire you and to hopefully shift some more of those excuses, I’ve got a gift for you. I ran a live online masterclass last week for my Dare To Dream Bigger Academy members and I’m blown away (and humbled) by the feedback I have had. Normally it would now be a paid-only programme, selling at £97.
But I’m fed up with seeing people’s fears and excuses get in the way of their dreams.
So if you want to know how to figure out exactly where you’re stuck, and what to do about it, join me now for instant access to the masterclass – as my gift. I hope it will inspire you – and it might even change your life.
Register free here now:
And I’d love to hear from you via the comments:
- Have you been using your age as an excuse to keep you stuck playing small?
- What’s your Big Dream? And how might you crank up your self-belief on this?
- Which tiny step could you take in the next hour to make progress on your dream?
With love, Namaste,
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