Success is all a matter of perspective. You’ve never been better at life than you are right now (click to tweet), and you’re only getting better. At some point, in the sunset of your life, your body and mind may fight against you, but until then, you have plenty of days to fulfill your legacy.
I’m 42 years old, and I am no spring chicken anymore. In fact, I’m all kinds of injured from some of the physical stresses I put on my body. Getting old sucks, and the idea that I may be outside my prime does trickle into my head occasionally, but then an amazing thing happens—people thank me for helping them.
I’ve told others, and myself, that age is just a number, but I’m not sure if I meant it as a way to encourage, or a way to blind myself to the realities of time not being on my side. Middle Aged is a weird phrase to use when talking about yourself. I remember middle-aged people when I was young, and they were “old”. Now I’m one of them, but I don’t feel as old as I remember them being.
I don’t know how mid-life crisis thoughts actually happen, but if I fashioned a guess, they start with a constant questioning of your status in life. I’ve achieved a lot; a great family, a wonderful son, a home I can call my own, but have I created my legacy? Not yet.
No Time Like Now
I heard the most astounding thing today about Zig Ziglar. If you’re not familiar with him, first climb out from under that rock, now to to Ziglar.com and check out what a truly amazing legacy Ziglar made for himself. He is one of the most often quoted inspirational entrepreneurs of recent memory, and he authored more than a dozen best selling books on a variety of business subjects. The astounding fact, you ask?
Ziglar didn’t publish his first book at 49.
If you know Ziglar, like me, you probably assumed he was producing greatness from a much younger age. We assume when someone is mature in age, and highly successful, they must have been doing it all their lives. In reality, Ziglar had only done it half his life.
Dave Ramsey, Doctor Phil McGraw, Sir Richard Branson; all of these men may have had good things happen to them earlier in their life, but their real legacy started after 40. Why is it so hard to imagine that your best years are ahead of you if you start making them happen today.
I’m 42 and I published my first book this year. It’s not a best seller and it won’t be the best thing I’ve ever written, but I got Zig Ziglar beat by 7 years, and I’m only getting started.