I find this amusing, since I’ve frequently taken bigger risks with more to lose than younger colleagues and friends.
- I was 33 with two very young children when I first quit the 9–5 life to start my own business.
- I was 44, with a family of 5 to support on just my income, when I left a lucrative corporate career behind to start my second business.
- I was 48 when I founded my first real Tech startup.
- And, I was 50 when I did a complete transformation of my 23 year Tech career to start yet another business. Now I have two of my children in college and trying to pay for that. Again, on one income.
I think some people become set in their ways, regardless of age. And some people are risk-takers, again regardless of age.
For those of you who might be a bit older and feeling defeated, don’t fall for the “you’re too old” BS. It’s never too late to redefine your life to make it what you want. Risk is part of the equation, of course. But, deep thinking, planning, and intentional testing make it manageable.