As I’m writing this, I’m 35 years old. Which really isn’t that old from where I’m sitting right now. 20 years ago, it seemed pretty ancient. But it really doesn’t seem like I should be able to use the phrase “20 years ago,” and I definitely don’t feel like I’m half-way to 70.
I’m betting when I get to 50 it won’t seem that old either. Maybe even not at 70.
I was 29 when I started my business. Just on the cusp of 30. I was scared out of my mind, and not entirely sure I shouldn’t just get a job. Conventional wisdom said to stick my kids in day care and work. My kids were all under 3 years old, and quite frankly, I was not interested in having them raised by someone else. Especially not in a group environment. Besides, can you imagine how much I’d be paying in childcare for 3 little ones??
But, I’m not exactly one to follow conventional wisdom. Nope, not me. I did my own thing. I made my own way. I found a few gigs writing for various websites. Some paid, some didn’t. But I got my hustle on.
I didn’t even end up sticking with just writing. I’m a smart girl, and I found I had a knack for assisting entrepreneurs in running their businesses online. Oh, and I realized that even though I love to write, I hate writing on a deadline. I called myself a Virtual Assistant for a time – until I found that the thing I really really loved was designing and developing websites.
My point is – I didn’t get it right away. It took 4 years to get from “I’m making money” to “I can’t wait to work today!”
And I wasn’t exactly a spring chicken when I did get it.
I know many (many, many) people who are quite a bit older than me, who are stuck. They have been working a job they hate for far too long. They figure they might as well just stick with it. Retirement is right around the corner.
Or maybe, they are just scared. Scared that if they quit that $8/hr job, they won’t be able to find one. I’m sure you’ve heard on the news how there are NO jobs out there…right?
Well screw that.
If you are reading this and feel like I’m pointing my finger at you, I am.
Get up. Start something. Anything.
Even if you have to keep your day job for awhile, get your hustle on.
Sit down and have yourself a little “come-to-Jesus” chat with yourself. (It’s OKAY to talk to yourself. I do it all the time). What do you love to do? What would you do, even if no one paid you to do it? If you can’t figure out a way to make money from it, start by doing it for free. Volunteer for something. You never ever ever know what doors will open for you when you start doing what you love and you are helping other people.
If there is one thing I want you to get out of this, it’s this. Life is not easy. There are going to be ups and downs. But, God has a purpose for you. And in my experience, when I’m not doing something I love to do, life is harder. Which isn’t to say there won’t be hard times. There absolutely will be. But if you aren’t using your God-given talent for something, you’re going to feel the squeeze.
So today, please, do ONE thing to change your circumstances. Even if it’s just having the chat with yourself.
One final thing – don’t do something just because you see someone else doing it, and they are successful. You’re talent may be in the same realm, but you’re going to have to change it up a little. Make it your own thing. Put your own spin on it.
And just in case you didn’t get what I’m saying – the title is ironic. It is NOT too late. And you are NOT too old.