We envy the lucky ones – those ‘rare’ people who are totally in love with the life they’re living. They seem to approach everything with positivity and excitement. They take great pride and pleasure in their occupations. Even when they’re stressed they seem to radiate happiness. So what is it they have that you don’t?
‘I’m too old’ is just another way of saying, ‘I’m afraid to try’.
If you’re 65 and you’ve always dreamed of owning your own edgy swimwear company, then start designing those bikinis! Forget inexperience, forget ‘age appropriateness’ and forget any limitations you’ve unnecessarily saddled on yourself.
As a child, screenwriter David Siedler suffered from a pronounced stammer. Did he let his long battle with language hinder his career? No way! At the ripe age of 73, Siedler won an Oscar for his script The King’s Speech. Endearingly, he stated, ‘My father always said to me I would be a late bloomer.’
Don’t stop before you’ve had a chance to begin. You’re never too old to pursue something you love.
Big changes don’t just happen overnight.
J.K. Rowling initially received 12 consecutive rejection letters for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Fast track to today, and that book alone has sold more than 107 million copies internationally.
Your dream may not immediately ignite. That’s a hard, yet practically inevitable step on the rocky road to personal success. All you can do is hold enough faith in yourself and your passion to see the venture through.
In the wise words of Rowling herself, ‘Self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best.’
There is always someone who has travelled your journey and can empathise with your plight. If actively approached, that person may surprise you with their willingness to share some well-won wisdom.
Popular philanthropist Oprah Winfrey received valuable career advice from the late celebrated poet and activist Maya Angelou. Winfrey stated, ‘She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. I don’t think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentorship.’
First, decide which kind of mentor you need: a coach or a counsellor. Doing so will help you define where to look. If you’re after instruction, find someone who inspires you – either in your professional field or in a position you aspire to. If reassurance is what you lack, consult with family and friends. Their comfort and guidance may help maintain your motivation.
If you’re brave enough to chase your passion, you’re definitely brave enough to ask for a little assistance along the way.
- Is an average week in your life personally satisfying?
- How much time during your week is spent doing things you enjoy?
- How much time during your week is spent doing things you dislike?
- Does your current quality of life match your dream expectations?
- What do you do well naturally?
- What do you need to improve on?
- Who inspires you? Why?
- What engages and excites you? Why?
- What would an ordinary day in an ideal week look like?
- If you were a billionaire, how would you spend your creative time?
- Consider your ideal legacy. How do you want to be remembered?
- What is restricting you from change? Why?
- Can this restriction be challenged?
- On a scale of 1-10, how passionately do you approach each new day?
- Are you satisfied with that number?
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When you’re comfortable with the way things are, starting something new can be frightening. It can also be exhilarating, unpredictable, rewarding and life changing.
If you’re looking to pursue your passion but don’t know where to start, give us a call.
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