2016 is almost gone.
Was it the year you wanted it to be? Big changes happened, for sure. Some have left some people worried and others elated. These big changes will affect all our lives slowly. The changes that matter most are the little ones because they affect our lives more quickly and more meaningfully. Little changes that make a difference to your significant relationships, to your health, or to your dreams.
Make 2017 the year you care about the little changes.
Start with your dreams.
- What had you planned?
- Where were you going?
- How close are you now?
Dreams change as life shows up and we see new value in things we didn’t understand. For instance, when you have kids. When you are young, children are a possible part of your future, but when they arrive and you hold your baby in your arms for the first time, your dreams change in little ways that have a profound affect on your future. This is normal and it’s OK.
However, the drama that surrounds change can obscure your view and stop you from staying connected to what is important to you, perhaps forcing you to make compromises that seemed inevitable. Sometimes all we seem to have is Hobson’s choice, which is no choice at all.
The good news is, you are older now and wiser too. You can examine your life’s choices and compare these to the dreams you had for yourself and decide where you want to go now. If you do this today, focus on your heart’s desires, your passion in life and not material possessions. In the final analysis, stuff won’t bring meaning to your life, whereas purpose and passion will.
Age is not a reason for not chasing your dreams, being older can be a real bonus. If you need some inspiration check out this list of awesome people who didn’t launch their dreams until they were older.
In their 40s
- At 40 Donald Fisher, with no experience in retail, opened the first Gap store in San Francisco in 1969 with his wife, Doris.
- Vera Wang only entered the fashion industry at 40; now she’s a world-famous designer.
- At 43 Samuel L. Jackson had only had bit parts and then in 1991 he landed an award-winning role in Spike Lee’s film “Jungle Fever”.
- Sam Walton was a retail manager through his 20s and 30s. He was 44 before he stepped out on his own and opened the first Walmart in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962.
- Henry Ford was 45 when he created the car that revolutionized the auto business – Model T.
In their 50s
- Jack Cover became a successful entrepreneur at 50 when he invented the Taser gun in 1970, before this he worked as a scientist for NASA and IBM.
- Betty White was 51 when she joined the cast of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1973, this was the break that leads to her iconic status today.
- Tim and Nina Zagat were both 51-year-old lawyers when they published their first collection of restaurant reviews under the Zagat name in 1979. It eventually became a mark of culinary authority.
- Ray Kroc was 52 when he decided to leave his career as a milkshake device salesman and bought McDonald’s which, as everyone knows, he grew into the world’s biggest fast-food franchise.
In their 60s
- If you grew up loving the TV show “Little House on the Prairie,” consider that Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first in the “Little House” books at age 65 in 1932.
- Harland Sanders was 62 when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1952.
- Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, began her prolific painting career at 78.