You’re Never Too Old

Screw the nine to fiveSheee’s baaaack!

Weena is back, rocking my whole world and imparting wisdom on me – in between Reverse Triangles and Dolphin Headstands, of course.

A few days ago I was partaking in yet another brutal ass kicking from this inspirational yogi girl crush of mine when she gave us a 2 minute reprieve to collapse onto our mats and grab some water.

Usually within this time she would crack a few jokes or maybe practice some crazy move where she contorts herself and we all just sit there staring, mouths agape.

But this time was different. 

This time she decided to tell us a story.

“You know, I learn yoga not til I’m 42. Yes, true. I no even heard of yoga til I’m 42. You can do anything. Age, is not matter. What matter is in your heart.”

“42?!” I asked, completely shocked.

“Yes! I not even think of business til I’m 52.”

I was speechless.

Here was a woman who not only discovered yoga at the tender age of 42 but didn’t even know she wanted to go into business for herself into she was in her 50s – and she did it with no formal business training, no one helping her, no nothing.

She simply threw herself into it head first and learnt as she went along.

She didn’t stress that she didn’t know how to formally run a business. All she cared about was teaching yoga; something that gives her purpose and makes her (and countless other people) happy every single day.

She just started doing it and never looked back.

She believed in herself, in her natural gift of teaching others and trusted that it would all work out.

She had unconditional faith.

And yet, mere hours prior to that class I was answering an email from someone telling me they wanted to give up their job (to start an online holistic coaching practice) but couldn’t because they were too old….and had a mortgage…and kids….and debt.

Now don’t get me wrong, we totally understand the anxiety that surrounds a major life decision – such as quitting your job to start up your own business – but age should never be a determining factor for why you aren’t following your dreams!

Besides, that person was 38 – only 6 years older than me!

Do not fall into the trap of allowing your age to deter you from indulging that little whisper inside of you, screaming for more.

And for the love of god, please don’t blame financial stress on your inability to follow through and create a business that could bring more money, more freedom and more happiness into your life than a stinkin’ 9-5 job could.

Simply be smart about it.

So, instead of just up and quitting your job with no savings and no plan, start a side hustle. Use after-work hours, lunch hours or weekends to work on and grow your business.

Get committed and stay committed.

It’s not easy but it sure as hell is worth it, if you want it bad enough.

After all, there is no cut-off age for doing what makes you happy. There is only you and your resistance that can stop you.

But you’re stronger than that. Aren’t you?

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  • Terry

    Wow! She started her own business at 52 … cool! Now I have one less excuse to give.
    How about an lack of an enabling environment? That happens for those of us who have spouses (who just don’t get our need for a lifestyle business), kids and a ‘get a traditional’ job community.

    • Jill

      I know! She is insanely inspirational!

      As for a lack of enabling environment…I think you just have to push through that. Explain to your spouse or friends or friends with spouses that this new direction in your life means a lot to you and you would appreciate their support. However, if they feel as though they cannot support you then you need them to keep their thoughts to themselves and seek out other likeminded people (like us and the rest of the Screw Crew!) who believe in this lifestyle and your absolute ability to achieve your dreams :-)

  • http://www.pawsforbeer.com Brittany @ Paws for Beer

    I’m not necessarily stuck on the age aspect but I do struggle with the debt and not having a savings cushion. I have an opportunity brewing that could potentially allow me to ditch my 9-5 job… but I want to have a buffer set up before I quit… I have others telling me to just take the leap of faith – the universe will catch me – that may be – but will it catch me before my mortgage goes into foreclosure – I’d rather not find out! Their argument is that I will never take the opportunity because I am waiting for just the right time and it may never be the right time.

    • Jill

      Hey Brittany,

      The last thing I want to do is steer you wrong and I do completely understand that you need to have a savings buffer but I also agree with your friends that if you keep putting it off, you may never do it.

      Is there any way you could focus on saving as much as you can for the next few months to create a buffer? Or could you at least start working on your business on your lunch break, after work or on weekends?

      If you can start generating income through your business before having to outright quit without an alternate income source, it might make it easier on you.

      Or could you rent your house out and downsize?

      There are a bunch of options for you, you just have to decide which you want to take on :)

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