Would You Start a Business if You Didn’t Know How Old You Were?

On taking age out of the equation

Iva Ursano
May 6, 2020 · 4 min read
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How many times have you heard “Oh I’m too old to start _______ “<insert goal/dream/idea here. Or how about this one “If I was 25 years younger I wouldn’t think twice about doing ________.”

This puzzles me to no end. To be perfectly honest, it annoys the heck out of me.

People using their age as an excuse to not start something, like a business.

Some famous ‘old’ peeps.

Let’s talk numbers here for a minute.

We all know the story of the great chicken man Colonel Sanders. Do you know how old he was when he franchised his store? 62.

And what about Gordon Bowker? You know who he is? He’s the Starbucks dude. He was 52 when he founded the coffee giant (that charges too much for coffee imo). Side note-he actually started as a writer.

Can you handle one more? Amadeo Giannini founded the Bank of America at the ripe young age of 61.

Do you think any of these, or other, great entrepreneurs cared how old they were? I highly doubt it.

They all had a few things in common. A vision, a dream, and a desire.

Settle down already.

So many of us have this idea that by 30 we should already be established in our career and preparing for retirement.

Society has told us that once we finish high school, we must head off to college or university, get a degree, and live happily ever after.

We should be all settled by 30. The house, cars, white picket fence, wife/husband, kids, etc. Retired by 55 or 60 and then…..what?

Hope for the best for the rest of our life? After you’ve just spent 30 years in a career you hated? For what? Financial security?

Staying in the same job isn't working anymore.

Do you know how many career changes the average person has in a lifetime? 5–7. I think I hit 9.

I think many of us realize by the age of 35 or so that the career they chose fresh out of college doesn’t appeal to them anymore.

And why should it? We change. All the time. As a matter of fact, we change our minds about things every 7 years. This change is actually called a life cycle.

We get bored, restless and we grow. Evolve if you will. Staying in the same job until retirement doesn’t work anymore. Well, it does for some, but not many.

Too old to change

But many are too afraid to take the leap. To change.

They look at where they are in life, at whatever stage that may be, and think they are too old. Think that it’s too late. Think that it’s too risky.

But it’s not. That’s just your defense mechanism called fear stopping you from doing things you want to do.

So what if you didn’t know how old you were?

So many people have had so much success starting a business over 30, 40, 50, and even 60 (thanx for the inspiration Colonel Sanders!).

Does it matter how old you are? Why? Do you think your clock is ticking and time is running out? Well, you’re half right. It is.

Time is running out on you to chase your dreams and realize them.

So what if you didn’t know how old you were? Would you embark on that adventurous business start-up? Would you leave your 9–5 and go off on your own chasing your own dreams and becoming a success?

A 25-year-old wouldn’t think twice about starting up a business. Why then should you at 45 or 55?

Let’s take age out of the equation for just one minute here.

You’re 45, maybe even 55, you hate your job. You want more freedom in life and you’re tired of working to build someone else’s empire.

So let’s pretend you don’t know how old you are. Would you still do it? I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say yes, you would.

Now let’s say you are 55 and worried about starting something new because you think your clock is ticking. Do you know when you’re going to die? Of course, you don’t. You may go on for another 40 years.

That’s an awfully long time, amirite?

What if you’re 40, hate your job but think it’s too late to change or start something else, like maybe your own business?

Why would you want to spend another 20 years doing something you hate doing and being miserable? Because it pays the bills?

Maybe your entrepreneurial idea might pay the bills and then some. You could be the next Colonel Sanders for God’s sake!!

Stop worrying about your age and go chase your dreams

I started over at 52 and couldn’t be happier. In fact, I’ve never had so much freedom before in my life.

I had a vision, I didn’t care how old I was, and I worked until I brought my vision to life.

So can you.

Stop worrying about how old you are and just go do it. Whatever that ‘it’ may be for you.

You only have this one shot at life. Don’t live with regrets. Pursue your passion. Live out your dreams. Start up that business.

xo iva xo


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