By Anubhav Srivastava ( Register for his Workshop – Build Super Confidence For Super Success!)
Do you think success is out of your hands because you are always either too young or too old for what you want to do? If that is the case for everything you want to do then success maybe out of your hands but because of your attitude, not your age.
The number one problem with people after they get to having a decent living in life, whilst still having unfulfilled dreams is stagnation. Their life goals seem to be as follows: Go to college, get a stable job, a house, get married, have kids, be in the rat race for the sake of the kids without spending much time with them, send them to college, see them get married and then play with their kids’ kids if they are lucky.
Now if that is truly what you want. Absolutely fine. The problem is for most people, that is not what they want, that is what they come to accept. If they see someone else getting ahead, they will get jealous. They will say the guy or woman is not hard working and EVERYTHING they got is luck and their connections or politics. In some cases it is true, in some cases it is not. When I ask them why it is bothering them they will say that the other person got what he wanted, but they themselves didn’t get to realize their true potential.
Fine, so that is the real problem, you are envious of others because you believe you are capable of and deserve more. So the question what are you going to do about it. If you are doing nothing about it, despite having the desire for more, you are stagnant.
Older people who watch the movie I made called Carve Your Destiny (It is an inspirational movie I spent over 6 years creating, for which I interviewed some of the most famous achievers. You can watch it at the link given at the end), sometimes come up to me after my motivational speaking events and say, “Your film is awesome and very inspirational but we are older now and have already lived our life, can’t do anything about our dreams now.”
These are often people who are barely 40/50 years old. First thing I ask them is, “You are living, so how can you see your life is over? As long as you life you cannot say you can’t do anything about your dreams.” Then I ask them whether they still have dreams, they say they do, but they can’t do much at an “older age” (Barely 50). I tell them what they are saying is more of an excuse than anything else. At an older age you probably cant be a professional sports person but you can do pretty much everything else, as long as you still desire to do it.
In fact I think that very rarely is age a barrier, and yet people are so judgemental. If a person is young, the older people will be judgemental. They will say, “What can these young people do? They are barely out of school, they need to grow older and get experience.” By the time the young person gets his “experience”, society grows judgemental and says, “Oh look he is so old, why is he still trying to do things like a young person?”
The truth age is a perfect age to begin what you want to do as long as you know what you are doing! Let me tell you the story of the founder of Kentucky Friend Chicken or KFC, Colonel Harland Sanders.
All his life Colonel Sanders operated a service station in a small town. Then he opened a little restaurant and served visitors chicken in his town. Fried Chicken. He developed his recipe which would later come to be known as the SECRET KFC Recipe. Anyway, He got a little bit of success and people loved his chicken but not many people knew about him otherwise. But he was living a decent life with a decent living so he never really had the ambition to grow. For 65 hears he lived like this with his small restaurant. In a way he became stagnant even though he had the talent.
Now what happened at the age of 65 was the government decided to build a highway across his town. So they were going to bulldoze his restaurant. He had no choice. He sold his restaurant and was left with small monthly checks as a retirement money. Although he was 65, an age at which most people would think it was time to enjoy retirement, this situation sparked a desire within him to spread his recipe all across the country.
So he went all over the country and tried to franchise his recipe. One restaurant said no, another said no, then another said no, then another said no then another said no. Some stories say he was rejected over a thousand times before one restaurant finally said yes and his chicken became a huge hit there. And then word spread and quickly KFC became a famous brand name and Colonel Sanders became the face of the brand. His story is a testament that intelligent persistence works and that age is NO BARRIER. Most people give up on their dreams by the time they are in their thirties.
So whats my point of telling this story, am I saying that you necessarily have to do what he did? No it depends on your level of contentment. True contentment. But just don’t limit yourself from going after the dreams you really really want to accomplish because you believe that you are too young or old. So let’s say you start working on something in the future just because you begin working on your dream now or maybe after retirement, will you automatically build a billion dollar business like KFC? Probably not and honestly it does not matter. What matters is that you lead a fulfilling happy life where you will have no regrets.
Age can never be a barrier, except maybe for professional sports. Any age is the right time to begin as long as you know what you are doing. Your life isn’t over as long as you are living. There is still so much more all of us can do. So dream on, march forward and make your own legacy.
About the Author
The author of this article, Anubhav Srivastava is an author, motivational speaker and the director of Carve Your Destiny, a first of its kind inspirational documentary featuring some of the most famous personalities from diverse fields, who teach the viewers how they too can make all of their dreams come true. The movie itself has been seen on Youtube by close to 600,000 people. Anubhav has also been featured in numerous International and India Media outlets such as BBC , The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Rediff.com, Leicester Mercury and many others.
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