There are a couple of schools of thought about business success and growing older.
Think of it as “opportunity only knocks once” vs. “Opportunity is what you make it.”
“If you haven’t made it by now, you’ll never make it” vs. “Life is a rocket trajectory—you never stop learning, creating and contributing.”
Maybe it’s a manic thing—but I have to believe the latter is true. In fact, that last quote was from me.
Believing Your Best Days are Yet to Come
This week my guest is Cindy Kienzle, who founded her wildly successful Hungry Monkey Baking Company just shy of her 51st birthday. Next week is Lorraine Ladish who has built a bi-lingual (Spanish and English) lifestyle brand, Viva 50—which is based a lot on how gorgeous, centered and positive she is about life, spiritually and physically (check out @LorraineLadish on Instagram for inspiration!). Lorraine’s motto is “My best days aren’t behind me and neither are yours.”
You are who you are when you are.
When facing business challenges, it’s easy to focus on what you wish you had done, learned, connected earlier in life.
Both Cindy and Lorraine faced setbacks and naysayers. Both moved forward with their tenacity. Even Jerry, whom I talk about a lot here because he’s such an inspiration said the other day, “I think I need to reinvent myself.” Jerry’s 94.
Two other clients, Elmer Dixon, at 70+, is having an amazing year with Executive Diversity Services. Margo Jacquot, at the Juniper Center, (who is the same age as me…I’ll just say that) has doubled her counseling and therapy practice in the past two years.
Honestly, where’s the fun in not believing you can still do anything?
What school of thought do you buy into? I’d love to celebrate your successes and aspirations with you!