“I wish I had studied that”. “I am too old for that now”. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. “If only I had listened to my mother/teacher/my inner voice then”. I have heard this often from friends and peers. The truth is that IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. As George Eliot once said: “It’s never too late to be who you might have been”.
I have mentioned before that I am a late bloomer in just about everything. I cried on my 30th birthday. I was literally all by myself, my career was not going anywhere and worse still, I didn’t really know what I wanted let alone how to get it. I felt like such a failure. Here I am though, 14 years later, in a much better head space. I have clear goals and am driven to achieve them. I am enjoying this journey. It’s quite a ride!
I have shared with you previously in Secrets and Revelations my discovery of the law of attraction and how it helped me move forward. The one thing it has taught me is to be open to new experiences, take more risks where I need to and trust my instincts. It has helped me find my passion. In my head, I was always a very logical person. I believed that I was probably standing at the back of the line when God was handing out creativity skills. I was wrong! I may not be able to draw, paint, create music or design clothes, but I am creative in other ways. Now that I know this, I feel liberated. I feel like there is another side to me that I must explore. When I think back, it is actually a series of seemingly unrelated events that have brought me to this place.
Making the leap to change departments at one point in my career, led to an encounter with consumer research. Trying to understand the issues that people face daily and providing guidance on product-based solutions touched something deep inside. My creativity began to spark. I began to understand what it felt like to have a purpose in life. This has sent me down a completely different path to any I had imagined. I am now working towards a degree in psychology. I have my blog which is helping me get in touch with the writer in me. I have identified business opportunities that I would like to pursue. Suddenly, the stock standard humdrum life that I have been leading is filled with exciting opportunities.
If you look around you in your community and in the media, there are many examples of people who only began working towards, and achieving their dreams, later in life. One of my local role models is my high school English teacher, Oregan Hoskins. He was studying law at the time he taught me. He qualified. He practised as a lawyer and went on to become the President of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the Vice President of World Rugby! Inspirational examples are out there people. You just have to open your eyes. Did you know that Vera Wang became a dress designer at age 40? Prior to that, she was a figure skater and a journalist. If you think all the Social Network companies were founded by a kid in college, think again. LinkedIn was founded by Reid Hoffman at age 35. He was 43 when it went public. Bram Stoker published Dracula at age 51.
At the end of the day, you have the power to make your dreams come true. Years ago, at the company I work for, we had a slogan: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” It is actually a quote by William H. Johnson. I am by no means an expert at this, but there is another important lesson that I have learnt. It’s not good enough to just change direction and believe that everything will just fall into place. It is going to take a change in mindset as well. Take your ego, put it in your back pocket and “open your hands”. Release just about everything you think you know about the area you want to succeed in and be open to learning. I have found it to be the most exciting and rewarding part of the journey.
So there you have it. No more excuses. “If it is to be, it is up to me”. You’ve got this!
This blog is a part of my journey. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the past weeks. It has helped keep me on this exciting path. All the best on your journey!
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