There are lots of people that are hiding behind the belief that they are too old to take an opportunity. The reason “I’m too old for this…” is one of the most common excuses people use. There are also some young men that believe they are too young to chase an opportunity.
Some people say that age is only a number, but to some, it can be a blessing, to others it can be a barricade. The story that we tell to ourselves, related to how old or young we are, the way we think about ourselves, and our patterns of thinking makes the whole difference in our lives.
Basically, our mindset affects everything in our lives, including the way we see ourselves and our age.
However, if we look at the successful people throughout history, we can see that there is no obvious rule or pattern on how old or young a man should be to do something important.
- Mozart was playing violin and composed at the age of 5.
- Nadia Comaneci is a gymnast from Romania that scored a perfect 10.0 and won the gold medals at the Olympics at age of 14.
- Elvis was a rock superstar by age of 19.
- Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity.
- Alexander the Great was only 29 when he created one of the largest empires that ever existed.
- The first man to reach Mount Everest was Edmund Hillary and he was only 33 years old when he did that.
- Henry Ford was 45 when he created Fort T, the first affordable automobile.
- Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC franchise.
- Nelson Mandela was 76 when he becomes president.
Youth can be a problem only when we think it is.
I often hear young people complaining that certain jobs that they want require maturity, that they are too young and they never even try to apply. The thing is that what matters most is how well somebody knows to do that job, how much they understand what it requires, and how capable they are to successfully do it.
We can do great things, take opportunities and succeed in what we want, once we start to believe we can. People become productive at about 20–25 years old and they are capable of doing great work up until 70–75 years old, without being too young or too old. Of course, there are variations and exceptions. Let’s take a moment and think about it… this range is almost all our mature life. Everything starts and ends with our mindset.
In the end, once we believe that we can do it, age has no meaning. Being enthusiastic about life, about opportunities, and building our mindset around possibilities creates a wonderful experience.
Now it’s YOUR turn
- Are you excited about your occupation and the opportunities that are in front of you?
- Do you find excuses to not start something because you are either too old or too young? Do you know other people that do that?
Through this article series, we are helping you build a solid mindset. We are strong believers that once we can understand a subject, we can engage with the idea or refuse it altogether. Both ways are helping us grow and develop our own way of seeing the world.
In the end, everything starts with us, with our mind, our self, and even our stories. Choose to act now on Studylia.