To achieve success in spite of your age, you must remember that it is never too late for accomplishment.
Attitude is timeless
Our attitude has the power to determine whether we will move on or beat a hasty retreat, will press on or throw in the towel, will be open to new opportunities or will get stuck in the past. History attests to so many “older” people who have achieved exceptionally well. Motivate yourself through the lives of people such as Grandma Moses, who began painting in her 70s and held her first one-woman exhibition at 80; Samuel J Hayakawa, who was elected to the US Senate at the age of 70; and Sadie and Bessie Delaney, who wrote their first book (which was a top seller) at the ages of 105 and 103 respectively. Let their example remind you that your best years probably still lie ahead of you.
Keep on dreaming
Dag Hammarskjöld, a former secretary general of the United Nations (UN), once said: “Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step: only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.” Be true to your highest expectations and unswervingly follow your dreams. You will grow your opportunities and decrease the obstacles.
Come back wit ha vengeance!
Never allow any setback to thwart your overhead planning and objectives. Life is not an unbroken line from one achievement to the next, but indeed sometimes a matter of two steps forward and one backwards.
Too many people allow other people to form and influence their dreams and ambitions. “Never accept society’s judgment on who you are or what you can achieve,” is the advice of Guy Kawasaki, author of Hindsights: The Wisdom and Breakthroughs of Remarkable People. “If you allow society to cast you in a certain role, you will never rise above it. You yourself should define who you are and what you can achieve.”
Kawasaki also says that the easiest way to remove the obstacles in the way to success is for people to accept responsibility for their own lives and success. Honour and respect your personality and temperament all the time. Listen to the voice inside you encouraging you to go in a certain direction.
Laugh it off
When things don’t work out as expected and you become dejected, the best remedy is to maintain a sense of humour. This is essential for a balanced way of life. The ability to laugh at yourself and your circumstances will make sure that you don’t take yourself too seriously. As a matter of fact, humour expels feelings of depression and despondency and paves the way to creativity and dedication.
Lastly, remember Napoleon Bonaparte’s words: “Victory belongs to those with the most stamina.” Be proof of this.