Balanced Success~Does Age Matter?

I recently had one of my SCORE clients ask me, “At what age did you personally become most productive?”. After thinking about it, I answered him with this:

“I am 74 and just received the Citizen of the Year Award for Sun City for 2012. I work 30 hours on business and 40 hours doing volunteer work. I was financially most productive in my 50’s, but later I didn’t need to make more money, and instead I focused on trying to help people that want to be productive.

You need to have a plan that commands your thoughts, releases your energy and inspires your hopes. It is not just about making money, it is also about having a balanced life.”

Does Age Matter?

Looking back over the years, I was fortunate to know, or think I knew what I wanted to do with my life. This was because my father told me at age 11: “You are soon to be an adult. In the next six months I want you to think of what you want to be and do when you are an adult. At 11 ½ you will write down three occupations. I will see that you investigate each so that when you are 12, you will decide what you will be and I will start you on a path of apprenticeship, so you can support yourself and your family as a responsible adult.”

At 11 ½ I wrote: priest, cowboy and carpenter. At 12 I decided on carpenter, and started on a road to carpenter apprenticeship, and at 18 became a journeyman carpenter. After completing two Army tours, I then became a general contractor at age 26.

I read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill while in the Army and planned my life to age 40. At that time, I’d retired with $100,000 of net worth and a carpenter’s annual income without working, because my money would be working for me. I had a problem though, because I reached my goal at age 27 and retired with no further purpose except to raise a family and enjoy life. That didn’t work for me because, though my purpose was completed, it left a void. Not striving or working left me feeling empty.

During the first three years of my first retirement, many good things happened. I had not way to judge or gauge my life, even though I was turning 30, and thought I knew everything. My only way to measure success at that time was in how much money I made, not how much I was able to contribute to my family, community or country. I decided to be a success and earn as much each year, for the next 10 years, as I earned the first 30 years of my life. This would make me a millionaire by age 40.

I returned to “Think and Grow Rich”, set the exact amount I wanted and established the date to receive it. I started my business plan (it can be a life plan also), and began that day to implement the plan. I hand wrote on an 8.5 x 11 page all the high points and posted the plan on my bathroom mirror, to be read aloud twice a day. In this way, I was trying to visualize myself in possession of my goals, because I knew “If it is to be, it is up to me”.

I’ll end my story here, by concluding that you are in charge of your happiness. Love yourself—learn that all of your shortcomings can be changed as you alter your life, just by altering your attitude.

For more of my story, and to learn more on how to create a successful, abundant life or business, you can purchase a soft cover or downloadable version of the book “Success or Failure-The Choice is Yours!”.  When you purchase a book, 30 days of free mentoring are offered as a bonus. You may contact me at tom@successorfailure.org to arrange for your mentoring sessions, via email, phone or skype.

Until next time…Tom