There exist methods to know if you are too old for anything…
“You are too old for this…” How often do you hear somebody say something in that way to you? It happens, right? But how often do people insinuate that you are too old to something you have in mind? Probably more often.
Today’s article is a sort of continuation of the previous post, published 5 days ago.
Our society is configured in a certain way, and we have a tendency to group ages in different categories. It goes from everything from the idea to dress to the way we “should” behave.
A lot of people feel comfortable belonging to a specific category and act accordingly. You will never feel that you are too old within that segment, neither too young. It’s a ready-made comfort zone where nobody will criticize what you’re doing.
All new challenges in life require some sort of skill development. Where a lot of people go wrong is when they believe that skill development is age-sensitive.
If you, instead of saying “you are too old,” change a few words and say, “you are never too old to learn new things,” it all gets a different approach.
In an earlier article I wrote:
“You can’t escape time, but you can choose to embrace it as an asset and just start your life over again.”
Do you see the pattern? You decide what to do and when to do it. If you are too old to something, then your willingness to do something should be age-related, and that’s not the case.
You Are Too Old if You Decide to be it.
“What do I need to do?”
There are plenty of articles out there writing about the same topic. Still, serious ones always include the following points:
Never stop learning
Most people, when they reach senior age, feel like they have learned everything worth learning. There is not much more to find on the plate of the unknown.
Nothing can be more wrong!
Psychologically mental aging is very much about entering into a sort of stall mode when it comes to education. In today’s fast-moving Internet-based world, things are changing every day.
When you get older, you don’t have any difficulty learning. Your brain just gets a little bit slower. It’s like your hard disk. What happens when your memory is almost up to its limit? It gets slower. The same thing happens to your brain. You get a bit slower because you know more.
Do not view learning as something that you missed and have to catch up. Education is part of today’s environment. Call it for development, evolution, or whatever you want, but always be open to new skills to learn.
Technology is playing your game
People in the industry early understood that if the Internet and all technology around should be something for every citizen, it was necessary to develop user-friendly systems. It should be systems that every single person could easily use.
With Bill Gates’ Microsoft Windows, probably the first software was launched, where you didn’t need to be a professional programmer to use. To make Windows available for every person is actually something that their mission statement reflects.
From being a data industry limited to professional programmers and system engineers, the entire population suddenly became the target group. All social platforms wouldn’t be possible to develop without this easy-to-use system.
Today it’s rarer to find any person without a smartphone. In fact, people at age 60+ are the fastest-growing group of smartphone owners.
As a senior, we often refuse to dive into the “new” Internet world because of new terminology, you have never seen before. Learn the meaning of these new words, and that’s it.
You are much more disciplined than what you can imagine
Remember back to the time as a teenager and compare how you did things. You will probably notice that your discipline has changed to your favor over time. With life experience, responsibilities, and extended skill sets, your obedience to achieve things in life is continually growing.
No matter what goal you have, the more ambitious they are, the more discipline is required to reach them. Use that talent you have got!
Take advantage of your mistakes
Life is a never-ending journey of trial and error. The good thing with all mistakes is that you have a bank of experiences that you can take advantage of when starting new projects.
By nature, younger people have less experience, and in many cases, the “errors” are still waiting ahead. You have done that part and can avoid the failures, only because of your age. Let’s make it clear that you are never too old, and in this case, your age is to your advantage.
You are Too Old and Experienced to Accept B*****it
At the age of 55, I started to train for my first marathon. See an earlier article. The motivation to enter this challenge was definitively not driven by my age, but by something much more significant, and that isn’t tied to any age at all
Well, it all starts with the challenge, as you can’t be passionate about something you’ve never tried. On the other hand, the challenge triggered me to prepare myself as much as ever possible. Learning everything about running and marathon running in particular.
Lining up for my first marathon ever in December 2009, was something that I’ll never forget. One year of hard training, a lot of fun, successes, and failures. Nothing was missing.
Thanks to the disciplined training, my confidence was at the highest level to run the first marathon. Although I had to hit the famous “wall,” that we all have to do when running a marathon, my first race transformed the challenge into a passion.
Since then, I run two or three marathons per year, and at the age of 68, my marathon number 25 will take place within two months. You are never too old if you have a true passion for what you are doing.
Exactly the same pattern as for the passion for marathon happened with my online marketing business.
After more than 35 years in the corporate world, something happened.
It was not the job. I hold various management positions, had a good income, and escalated on the so-called career ladder. I was positioned in different countries as an ex-pat. There were many opportunities to learn various languages and dive into different cultures.
However, there was one piece missing:
Being the owner!
Understand me right here. To be the boss can never be a goal as such. But to be the owner means that all you’re doing you’re doing for yourself. You are doing it for your company, for your family and for your well-being and welfare.
To own your own company and your own business involves, of course, risks, but also a lot of opportunities.
I was lucky to hit the correct button when surfing around on the Internet, among all shiny, false “get-rich-quick” schemes. Since 2014 I’m into online marketing.
In my spare time, I figured out how to get it working, and it didn’t take more than a couple of months before I was ready to go all in.
Another challenge is now another passion for me.
Thanks to the simplicity and high level of automation, the system I’m connected to makes it possible to get your online business up and running in a short time.
On top of that, you get all the necessary training and tutorials never to feel lost in something where you can’t find a way out.
Belonging to the large group of baby boomers, I was on alert whole the time to see if this was something for my age group. As senior citizens, we always are impressed by the younger generation to handle all IT-related stuff. You can quickly build up a false barrier that doing business online is only for younger people.
You are never too old as long as you’re willing to take the challenge. The probability is high that your challenge will turn into a lifelong passion.
Conclusions to Know if You are Too Old
The good thing for us, baby boomers with long life experience, are:
- You don’t need any technical skills at all. If you know how to turn on and off your computer, you are skillful enough. Many senior people through in the towel without even taking a look, with the idea that you must have specific technical skills to manage something online.
When joining the system and platform that I belong to, you will be guided through the whole process until your business is ready for launch.
But it doesn’t stop there. For the rest of your business life, there will always be somebody helping you out from any problem or struggle. You will never be left alone!
- When coming up to the age of retirement, you don’t want to dedicate all available time to hard work. The good thing with this online business is that you, and nobody else, decide how much time you would like to invest in your business.
It’s an excellent part-time business opportunity, not only for retired senior people but also for younger generations searching for something to do in their spare-time.
If you are too old to start an online business isn’t an age issue, but a question about passion and willingness to actively develop new things in life. For many, this path is the door to real freedom to live your life entirely on your terms.
Give yourself a chance to learn more about how all this could happen to you….right now, but don’t try do make it happen alone. Join the SFM community and take the safe route to your success.
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