Sandy Kominsky won an Emmy at 76. Granted, he’s a fictional character played by Michael Douglas on The Kominsky Method (Netflix).
But second act success happens in real-life, too.
Within my own circle, my friend Efé didn’t start acting until after age 60, and now she’s winning awards. Wendy started a new business at 55 and is now facilitating international conferences. At least two others I know have published books.
It is not too late.
Yes, communications technology changes at lightning speed. But you can learn to do it yourself or work with someone (like me) to help. Yes, there are stories of Gen-Z prodigies bringing brilliant ideas to market. How can you keep up? It doesn’t matter. There is room for everyone. Your (or their) success doesn’t negate another’s opportunity. (And think of the fun and power of creative partnerships across generations!)
It’s your life. Write your story. And remember…
- It’s not too late. The road to success starts with a step. You can start any time even with the smallest of actions—with the emphasis on acting. What can you do today? What can you learn today?
- Look for incremental changes. Your day is your week is your month is your year. What action can you take today that contributes toward your big picture goals?
- Protect yourself from naysayers. Those are the people still sitting on the couch. You running by gives them something to talk about. Don’t listen. Keep running.
Your life can be an upward trajectory.
“Keep telling yourself that,” a cynic might say. “I will, darling,” is my response. I could tell myself “it’s too late why start anything,” but what’s the fun in that?
Get up. Get out. Do.