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For when we give ourselves the label of “too late” or “too old”:
Have you ever studied expiration dates? You may know that years after the expiration date, some products are still just as usable as the first day. The reason they give a date earlier than that is so you will throw it out and buy a new one.
If we buy into the idea that our opportunities have expired, we are throwing away our belief in ourselves and buying more ideas that we are not good enough.
We are not expired yet. We are not walking around expired before we die.
Morgan Freeman landed his first big movie role at age 52. Louise Hay started Hay House Publishing at age 60. There is a woman named Masako Wakamiya who is 82 years old, just learned how to code in the past year, and is creating her first app.
Tell me again how you’re too old and it’s too late for you.
I am talking to myself as well. Especially in the entertainment industry when young looks are what sells. Models and dancers are set to expire after age 22. Hang out around actors and comedians and even though they can be of any age, you will likely often find yourself surrounded by a bunch of early twenty somethings.
The best way I know to soften those loud objections into a soft whisper-study people who accomplished what you want to accomplish later in life.
I have a friend who makes amazing jewelry pieces. She’s in her early 30s and she’ll say “The successful jewelry makers I know are in their 40s, so I have a ten year goal, I am on the right track”. I have a gal pal who’s dream is to be making the big bucks dressing people up. People tell her it’s not possible. She says “Rachel Zoe is making millions, why not me? She’s 45, so I have time”.
If we study people who accomplished what we want, we are washing away the limiting beliefs that we pick up from our daily interactions. Just like a shower daily, we need to wash off the yuck of the day, and it is best we do it regularly. Who would want to catch the common cold, or even the common beliefs? Gross.
Remember the substance of who are over the style we are being taught. The style is that we are too old. The substance is someone with capabilities, endless resources, and the realization that we can do anything at any age without anyone’s permission.