Seth Godin is someone I cannot help but pay a huge amount of attention to. Every day I receive his mails, it’s one of the very few daily’s that I still receive AND read since my zero inbox rule at the beginning of this year.
Every time I read that daily mail I learn something new or, I think in a way that is new, and often inspiring, many times I’ll tweet a line he wrote but then there are days, like today, when I am directed by Seth to a video that just resonates so deeply I have to share more than a line.
Growing up I remember telling people that I would not have long hair at 30 cause I don’t like old ladies with long hair. I’m 44 years old now and my hair is the longest it’s ever been. I remember being told that when you have a baby you get fat, I have friends who have 2, 3 and 6 children and got themselves back to a size 10 or 12.
Over and over through my life I have heard this “it’s old age” theory from family, from friends, from people I’ve worked with and from TV: “I’m too old to make a difference, take a leap, change the game…”
The Breaking News is: It’s bullsh*t.
There’s a high probability that I’m writing here what I best need to learn. Regardless, I need to say it as it is to me and as it is to Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein.
After years of research and his own life experiences Jonathan knows that Wisdom is earned over years, through experiences and that age is the advantage to making the difference.
Regret does build, it does create pressure and when we live in our minds we try to find ways to release that pressure so we tell ourselves that we have to be young or younger to do or to be XY or Z. This then relieves, in our minds, some of the pressure within us and so we STAY STUCK. The cycle continues, we say so much to ourselves to alleviate that regret.
This talk will help you see that we can all set up to make the difference we tell others to do or we wish we could do. (Yes, this part is directly targeted at myself). He’s inspired me to keep making an impact on the people around me and to keep looking for my mould, notice it and ACT on it.
In the words of another ever inspiring soul Richard Branson: “Older employees who have learned how to inspire and lead people, and how to remain persistent and optimistic despite changes in circumstances, will have an edge. Senior entrepreneurs can bring the best of both worlds to new ventures: experience and the contagious enthusiasm of a youthful mindset. Remain flexible and look around yourself for inspiration, and you may soon find that you’re onto a winning idea.”