Do you ever find yourself asking if you already reached your peak?
Are you questioning if you chose the right career? Are you worried that you could never possibly start over or begin again? Do you question if you will ever know what makes you happy in a career or your personal life?
Our society celebrates the success of entrepreneurs, successful business executives and creatives such as writers and motivational speakers. We are in awe at the young twenty something who is managing a multi million dollar start up or the teenager who writes an award winning best seller. After some time of reading about the success of someone under thirty, anyone older could easily fall into the trap of thinking “It’s too late.”
Two years ago, I had several friends, like many in healthcare, who were let go of what had they had planned to be long term jobs. While many decided to continue looking for work in the same field, my friend Jennifer realized she needed to make a complete change. Two weeks after leaving the job she imagined herself staying at, she was taking graduate classes to obtain her special education teaching degree. During her student teaching, one of her mentors stated “It’s too bad you didn’t begin teaching sooner. This is what you were meant to be doing.”
Jennifer agreed that teaching was a perfect fit but she didn’t feel that not becoming a teacher sooner was a mistake. She had a successful first career but also was realizing she had other interests. Without the catalyst of losing her job she may have never had the courage to make a significant career change. She recently sent me a text stating ” I’m drowning in paperwork and emails but I’m still so happy to be doing this job.” I believe she is on her way to finding her peak. (Note, I feel she was great in her first career but totally agree that she has found her passion.)
If you are worried that you have missed your peak in your career, perhaps you should consider if you are following the right path. Did you choose your college major and continue on with your career despite the feeling it was not what you needed to do? Are you working at a job to pay the bills but feeling you are not utilizing your potential?
It is easy to find stories about young individuals becoming millionaires and creating successful non-profits across the world. However, it’s equally important to realize many successful companies were started by founders who were past the age of 30 and into their 60’s and 70’s. Evan Williams founded Twitter at age 34. Doris Fisher founded The Gap at age 37. Sam Walton was 44 when he founded WalMart. IBM was founded by Charles Flint at the age of 61. Without Colonel Harland Sanders creating Kentucky Fried Chicken at the age of 62, there would be no KFC today.
From a creative perspective, many painters do not create their greatest pieces until age 42. Forty-two percent of Robert Frost’s poems were not written until he was after the age of 50. Vera Wang did not open her own boutique until she was 51.
Today I want to remind you that it is not too late to go after what you want in life.Do not let the fear of feeling it is too late to go after what you want stop you from going after your dream. You are not too old to return to school or begin a new career. Yes, you may need to make adjustments and changes in your life as my friend Jennifer did but dreams can be achieved.
Finally, I also feel it should be noted that one can have more than one peak in their career and personal life. The second peak may mean doing something different in the same career field or nurturing a hobby into a business. It’s also never too late in one’s personal life to make changes. Start eating healthy and lose the weight or make changes in the relationship. Don’t be afraid to take a chance.
Are you on the way to your peak? What are you doing to get there?
Today I’m linking this post up with the Write or Die Link Up from Mia and Shelly. This week’s prompt was to use the following photo. Where do I think this person is going? I think she’s preparing to reach her peak.