Age really is just a number
Not many people know it, but the founder of KFC was a late achiever in life.
While I’m sure you’ve heard of Colonel Sanders, did you know that he only became a professional chef when he was 40, that he franchised KFC when he was 62, and only sold his company when he reached the grand age of 75?
And it’s also clear that he didn’t allow his age to dictate his goals.
Can you say the same?
Maybe you worry that you’re too old to compete with younger colleagues, or you feel you lack the energy and vigor to start your own business.
If you’re thinking like this, then you can be sure that you’re driving success away from your door.
Age is just a number. And it doesn’t decide who succeeds and who fails. This is determined by the willpower and aspirations of the individual.
“But I’m in my late 40s, how can I possibly compete with ambitious, high-energy young graduates?”
It sounds like a reasonable question, but in reality, you probably have more to offer than the typical graduate. Here are just a few things that are likely to give you the edge:
Real-life work experience
Being an active team member
Years of overcoming challenges
Learning how to work efficiently and effectively
Coping with difficult and unpleasant colleagues
Do you see where I’m coming from? You may think a young graduate holds all the ace cards, but if you position yourself correctly - you’ll be able to secure your promotion or move to that job of your dreams.
“I’m one of the young graduates that you’re talking about!”
Remember I said that age is just a number? Well, don’t let your inexperience and youthfulness prevent you from kick-starting your professional career.
Your main selling points are likely to be:
Eagerness to learn
A fresh perspective
Abundance of energy and drive
While you probably can’t compete with older folks on experience, as you can see from the list above, there are many things that you could highlight to a prospective employer that would be attractive to them.
Now, please don’t get me wrong.
The traits I’ve listed in both examples are generalizations. It’s perfectly possible that you may be a super open-minded fifty-year-old, or a twenty something with stacks of experience of overcoming challenging situations.
I’m really just trying to get you to think beyond your age.
It’s too easy to limit yourself based on preconceptions of what you should be doing at certain ages of your life.
Break free from this, by giving your imagination permission to dream and plan the life you’ve always wanted.
Be timeless, be ageless.