You can’t escape time, but you can choose to embrace it as an asset and start your own business.
Age is one of the most common obstacles for 50+ people when circumstances will force you to start your own business or go for a “traditional” retirement. The intention of this article is to give you a toolbox to successfully start your own business. It doesn't matter your age. And it’s valid for any background as long as you are willing to commit yourself.
Let’s face the traditional pattern. A 50+ (or older) individual views the retirement as something coming closer. A young career hungry university student doesn't even think about retirement.We baby boomers are connecting to a particular path with a relatively “secure and safe” chain. Most of the perceived goals we achieve one by one. It’s a kind of cycle where every step has its given place.
Every model, whatever it is for, most have a timeline, and if you view life as a cycle, the age is the most natural “timeline” to use. Without even being conscious of it, you’ll start using your age as something to measure achievements.
Examples Of People Who Did It
When the famous musician Billy Joel at the age of 66 and Alexis Roderick 33 years younger, become a couple the 4th of July, 2015, was the age an obstacle? Probably not!
Or, the actor Johnny Depp who got engaged to actress Amber Heard back in 2014, with an age gap of 23 years, did age has a significant influence in making them a couple? Of course not!
Ray Kroc, who made McDonald’s to a famous fast food chain in his early 50ths, was age an issue to start his project? Nop!
What motivated Carol Sanders to start up Kentucky Fried Chicken at the age of 65? Well, at least the age didn’t hold him back.
The magazine “Entrepreneur” has several articles about successful entrepreneurs who started over again at a mature age. So, why shouldn’t you be able to start your own business as well?
With so many proven examples of 50+ people who successfully have made something significant of their lives, why shouldn’t you be able to start your life over again?
In our society exist “rules” of what everything should look like, how a 70 years lady should dress, how a 65 years gentleman should behave but also how we expect the younger generation to act.
When Paul McCartney or the Rolling Stones are on stage, do they act or do they dress as typical 70 years old men? Not at all!
The most important part to change, and to start your own business, is to kill once and for all the dogma that age is a crucial variable. The biological aging that comes with your genetic heritage you can compensate to some extent with proper eating and drinking, as well as physical activities. The rest is just the age label you put on yourself.
Where to Begin After Deciding To Start Your Own Business?
Whatever your path will be to start your own business, the first and indispensable step to take is to get rid of all negativity. Take a look at all people surrounding you, and you’ll find that we as humans are experts in spreading negative messages, without any attempt to turn people down or demotivate people with whom you have a relationship.
Erase negativity –
“Is that possible?”
“Can you really do that?”
“At your age?”
“Are you not afraid to fail?”
These phrases are just a few examples of expressions with a negative touch and can harm your intention tremendously as we all are vulnerable before taking an important decision.
When you hear those negative words, and be sure you will, most probably the person who delivers the message isn’t strong enough to take up the challenge of which you are just a few steps away.
Make it to a habit to always convert “No, I can’t” into “Yes, I can.”
Be grateful – Whatever hits you in life forcing you to start over again, there are always things, happenings and people to be grateful for. Maybe you have beautiful grandchildren lighting up your life; perhaps you are living in a place that should make other people jealous. Think daily about what makes you happy, be grateful and use it to give your daily dose of positive energy.
Your good friends and great family are unique gifts, and love will help to see you through hard times.
Find out where you are lucky and you will create a sense of optimism that will spread into all other areas of your life.
To Start Your Own Business Passion Is The Most Important Ingredient
Discover your passion – A lot of people have not yet found their passion, and it can be for many different reasons. We all came to this earth for a reason. What a pity if you have to leave without discovering and practicing the pure passion of your life.
Passion will be the primary fuel for whatever change you will make to your life.
Maybe you lost your job after many years, but doing something that you didn’t like to do anyway. Let’s say that you like running (as I do). However, your age, physical condition or whatever other reason that pops up, will be a roadblock. It isn't possible to make a living of your running as the professional African runners.
But maybe you can get a job in a sports shop giving advice to other runners what shoes to use. You’ll be doing something you are passionate to do. Or maybe you start up your own online business as a running coach. Your imagination is the limit of what you can do out of your passion. And to start your own a business online is much easier than what you ever have thought.
When you feel that your day has a purpose and that you like what you do, that’s the point when your passion has got the place it deserves in your life.
Find out what is one thing you can do right now, and that will have the most positive impact. In the same manner, what can you stop doing right now that has the most negative impact?
Go and do it!
Plan It And Just Do It!
Make a plan – It has been said so many times on so many different occasions and forums. But it has to be underlined again. A plan is a roadmap towards your goal and to successfully start your own business. The plan will be your daily guideline of work, and how to achieve your goal.
During this fascinating journey towards a new lifestyle, there will be many roadblocks and failures that will be common ingredients. Your plan will help you to get up on the road again.
Step by step – Taking action is the vital key to achieving any goal. You will have to go out and get it. It takes hard work!
But always remember, by starting you have already taken the first, important and critical step: getting started.
A successful continuation requires things to be done step by step. Stick to the plan and do not get overwhelmed. With consistency, moving one step at a time will cause you to live and achieve the life of your dream.
You Deserve All Rewards To Start Your Own Business
Reward yourself – The journey that will take you to your goal will include plenty of failures, frustrations, roadblocks as well as achievements. Often you will focus on how to avoid the negative moments, and you forget the accomplishments along the road. Take as a rule to always celebrate any achievement, no matter if a big or a small victory.
Implementing your personal reward procedure for any achievement, for sure you’ll find out that the number of victories will be higher than failures and other negative happenings along the road.
Rewards will be the most important part to get a “never-give-up” attitude in your attempt to start your life over again and to start your own business.
If you plan to start your own business as your retirement plan, you'll find more useful tips in my article "5 Important Keys For 50+ Entrepreneurs To Be Successful Online", published on June 12, 2017. Also read "Retirement As Your New Challenge And Second Opportunity", published the on May 28, 2017.
“It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”