One of my pet peeves is when someone tells me they are too old to learn anything new or to start a new venture. This is an excuse people give because they have either lost their enthusiasm, they have given up, or they are just too lazy to do anything. At any age, you have the ability to learn new things and to accomplish new things.
Technology is leveling the playing field. Everybody has the opportunity to do something great if they are willing to put in the hard work that is required for success, and if they are willing to learn new things regardless of their age.
I actually heard a 40-something individual on television a few weeks ago saying he was just too old to learn social media. He would leave that to the kids. Really???
Is that the attitude we have about age now? 40 is too old to learn anything new?
I believe part of it is not realizing the importance of learning new technologies or whatever it is you need to know to improve your life or business. But the other part boils down to our shift in how we view work. It comes down to our work ethic.
There was a recent story on a local news network about a local elected government official making a six-figure income and only working three days a week. He told the interviewer that he didn’t think there was anything wrong with this even though he was supposed to be working five days a week.
On the other hand, you have people who are striving to accomplish things and not allowing their age, or the poor work ethic that has invaded our country, to stand in their way.
These are the people who don’t make excuses and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep creating and learning new things regardless of their age. People like Warren Buffet and others a great examples of not quitting and continuing to contribute to the world.
These people are all around us. The people who make the sacrifices, keep learning new things, and keep innovating regardless of their age. They are not looking for the easy way out.
In the April 30th issue of Billboard Magazine, a music industry publication, their was an article about Paul Simon. Paul Simon is 69.
Here is an excerpt from the article – “Paul Simon has a career-high debut at number 4 on the Billboard 200 with “So Beautiful or So What” … It’s his best sales week since Nielson Sound Scan began tracking data in 1991 and his highest ranking since “Rhythm of the Saints” peaked at number 4 in 1990.”
It never ends. You can keep creating, learning, growing, and innovating at any age … if you are willing to do the work.
Don’t let your age be an “excuse” for not accomplishing something and making a difference. Keep reading. Keep learning. Keep growing.