Have you ever felt you wanted to do something new in life, but you’re over 40, and that little voice says “Nah! You’re too old!”
I’m calling *Cough* bull *cough* s**t.
At this age, you are a multifaceted, multi-talented, multi-passionate amazeballs of a human being. You’ve seen a lot. You’ve done a lot. You know a lot. You’ve earned your stripes in life and have been around the block a time or two. You’re no longer that 20-something starry eyed, wet behind the ears newbie.
What better time than the present to make a life or career shift? You’re still at the top of your game and nowhere near retirement, but now you’re feeling that at this stage in life, you want to do something that brings more joy, meaning, and fulfillment.
However, sadly I hear so many say: “Well, that’s great Kelly that you were able to successfully change careers at 47 years old, but I’m 63, and well, that ship has sailed.” Ummm… No it hasn’t.
There are several reasons why people over 40 feel they are too old to make a career change:
- They are set in their ways and don’t want to leave their comfort zone.
- They are afraid to disrupt their family and the order of things.
- They’re afraid of failure.
- They feel it’s too late and they’re too old.
If you’re over 40 and reading this, I’m here to tell you to drop that B.S. narrative. Those beliefs have been created by the outside world and its obsession with Millennials and Gen Z. It almost makes us Gen Xers and beyond have been put out to pasture. Ageism is real.
However, what matters is what’s going on in your inside world- your mindset and your beliefs. If you believe you can, you will. If you believe you can’t, you won’t. Plain and simple.
“Entrepreneurial success and prosperity has no age limits,” said Mike Herrington, Executive Director of GEM. “While the traditional perception of entrepreneurship is that it is a young person’s endeavor, the data are showing us that, in many aspects, older people are a significant entrepreneurial force. But this segment is largely an overlooked and undervalued resource.”
The truth is, people are staying in the workforce longer. They are retiring later. Warren Buffett is 89 years old, and he’s still rocking the party that rocks the party.
The only difference between you and these young whippersnappers is experience, and you run circles around them when it comes to that. Sure they may be more tech and social media savvy, but so what? Hire them to do that job. Paying someone who knows what you don’t is key to business success at any age.
Consider this: As we get older, we experience:
- Better, wiser decisions making.
- Improved planning, communication, and reasoning.
- Quicker problem solving.
- Executive functioning, compassion, and leadership skills peak in our 40’s and 50’s.
- Wisdom and the inter-connectedness between the two hemispheres of our brain really blossom in our 50’s, 60’s, and 70's.
So, how do you go about making a career shift or starting a new business when you’re 40+?
- Get your mindset in check. Acknowledging your limiting beliefs is the first step in making a career change later in life. Understand that any worries, fears, or doubts are all in your head. Work to overcome those issues through meditation, visualization, and just knowing you’re the shizz. Sure you may fail at first, but you have the tools and experience to pick yourself up that much quicker.
- Determine your big WHY? What is your purpose or beliefs that drive you to action? If you need some help with this, check out my ‘7 Layers Deep’ Exercise, which can help give you some clarity on what motivates you into action.
- Get clarity on your passions and purpose. What do you value? What does your dream life look like for the rest of your life? Here’s another freebie to help you with this: Purpose Guide: The 6 Steps to Discovering Your Passion and Purpose.
- Develop a plan of action. Starting over later in life can be daunting. Trust me. I’ve been there, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Create a strategy that incorporates your finances and the type of business you want to start. How are you going to market that business? What do your product or service offerings look like? Who’s your target audience?
- Hire a mentor. A good mentor will help you with all of the above, especially one who’s already been there and done that. If you want to be a multipreneur like me where you tap into your various talents, experiences and passions and wrap them into one business, I am launching an online course for this very thing. Sorry, this one won’t be free, but the info will be priceless!
At the end of the day, you owe it to yourself to answer that call that’s been tugging at you. You only live once, and you have many good years ahead of you, my friend. Why not live them by serving your true passion and purpose and doing what you love?