Today I am doing something incredibly brave (for me) – admitting my age – for the very first time ever!
I’m doing it because I’ve been trying to figure out what I can uniquely offer through my blog that comes directly from my life experiences. I want to use everything I’ve learned thus far to inspire, and provide guidelines, for people from their mid-30’s on.
Having a fabulously interesting life at 60 doesn’t just happen – you have to work at it – and from what I’ve seen, the first steps have to be taken when you are in your mid-30s.
Two things particularly inspired today’s blog post:
1. I see many people in their late 40’s/50’s floundering and stumped about what is next for them. They change jobs or get laid off and suddenly, instead of being prepared for their next act, they’ve got nothing. They dig in and become even more entrenched in the old. Their reluctance to admit just how quickly and how profoundly EVERYTHING is changing makes it even more difficult to come to grips with the fact that what they’ve excelled at in the past is largely irrelevant today.
The topic of how you stay relevant is crucial to how I select topics for the blog. I’m not just writing about fintech or museum shows or restaurants or millennials because I feel like it. I’m writing about them, because these are the topics and trends that are all-important for staying ahead of the curve and developing a modern mindset. Life is so much more interesting when you put yourself in constant learning/discovery mode. And being up-to-date on these topics makes you more interesting to potential employers and also makes it much easier to strike up conversations – whether it’s with 20 year olds or 50-year olds.
2. My life has gotten so much more interesting and fun as I’ve gotten older. The exact opposite of what you imagine when you’re younger!! And that didn’t happen by chance. It’s something I’ve mulled over and planned since I was in my 30s. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that how you live your life at age 35, will set the tone for how you will be living it in your 60s.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Be pro-active about embracing change and learning new skills
- Remain humble about what you don’t know – and be willing, and grateful, to learn from people much younger than you
- Adopt an “always-be-learning” mindset
- Add a diverse range of people (ages, skills, backgrounds) to your network. Nothing more boring than being with all the same people as you all the time.
- Be fiscally conservative when you’re young so you can be flamboyantly extravagant when you’re older!!
Finally, I must share what I consider my crowning achievement, which is the creation of this ever-evolving lifestyle and career.
What makes this achievement particularly impressive to me, is that there is not one single thing in my background – not money, not education, not connections – that would have suggested that I could end up in New York City living this astonishing life, doing work I love with people I find amazing. And it’s all come from a driving force to stay relevant, evolving my skill set, and continuously adding terrific people – who I can learn from, as well as have fun with – to my network.
So that’s all I’ve got for you today: But I do promise you that if you follow some of these tips, you will find your BEST years are yet to come.