Today's book nugget comes from
The Magic of Thinking Big
Hokey as its title sounds, The Magic of Thinking Big has a lot of really good advice in store. Throughout the book, Schwarz, a former professor at Georgia State University and president of Creative Educational Service, Inc., offers ideas to shape the reader's perspective and help them think BIG.
For me personally, I struggle a lot with "I'm not old enough" as well as "I'm too old", seeing both people who are far younger and more successful (sometimes makes me feel like it's too late to start) and also people who have taken long, painstaking years to reach success (makes me dread how long it's gonna take).
Schwarz's perspective is that these mindsets both fall into the realm of "Age Excusitis" (one of the four most common types of excusitis which also include health, intelligence, and luck). But, Schwarz assures:
"It's one's attitude toward age that makes it a blessing or a barricade."
then he goes on to explain how to "think big" about age.
Most people, he says, have about 50 years of life in which they can be effective workers (obviously we're not accounting for fatal accidents, etc.): from approximately age 20 to age 70.
If you're a wayward millennial like myself trying to start something in your twenties, you can think about it this way: it's impossible for you to have used up more than 20% of your most useful years.
I can't speak personally for older people, but bear in mind that Colonel Sanders was 65 when he started KFC.
So basically: FOLLOW YER DREAMS NO MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE!
Love you lots,