Will You Still Do It When You’re 80?
My mother is 94 at the time of writing. I’m planning to go to Australia in May to celebrate her 95th birthday.
I clearly remember when we celebrated her 80th. At the time I was amazed at how old she was. My father was still alive at that time. They owned their own home in a nice suburb in Brisbane, Australia.
They were both in reasonable health, still exercised daily, drove their car, washed their clothes, cleaned their house, did their own shopping and prepared their own meals.
At the time of writing I’m 65 which seems incredibly old! How on earth did I become so old? I still feel like a 30 something, except when I get on a treadmill. But now when I look back at myself when I was 45 or even 55 I think those ages are so young. At those ages, of course , I felt they were incredibly old.
My mother considers me young. I protest and say “jeez Mum, Dad had been retired for 5 years at my age!” He had been, but she brushes this protest aside and insists I’m young. I’m sure from her point of view 65 is close to being a toddler.
The point of this story is that no matter how old we are, it always seems old once you’re past 30, right?
So whatever it is that you’re doing now to earn a living. Is it what you want to be doing at 80 or 90?
How will you find the energy and strength to do the job that sustains you now?
I’m asking because if you’re like most people you don’t have enough money to retire comfortably. By comfortable I mean, living in a nice place and enough money left over so you can do the things you like to do.
It's very likely you’re going to make it to 90 at least. Medical support is getting better all the time, people live much longer now than ever before. Women especially need to consider they are likely to be alone for the last 10 or 20 years.
How are you going to finance your lifestyle in these twilight years?
Would it be better to do the work to build an income that will sustain you to the end NOW while you are young(ish) and fit or wait until you’re 80?
There never is a good easy time to grow a business. There will always be things in the way, making it difficult and uncomfortable. It’s hard for everyone, no one gets to build a business while they sit on the couch watching TV.
Here’s how to get started
Pick a date.
A date you can focus for a measly 30 days and let everyone know. “Hey I’m not going to be around much for 30 days. I’m working on a project that’s going to change my life. You can come along too if you want. No big deal if you don’t want to, but I’m doing it”
Get whatever you need to grow your business for 30 days. Brochures, presentation materials, sample, phone scripts, whatever. Get your list of prospects ready. Buy some leads.
DON'T STOP FOR 30 DAYS
When the date arrives, pull the trigger, don’t wimp out again. Run hard for 30 days and I promise you; you will see amazing results. Your life will change forever. You will never look back.
This time next year, you and I could meet up on a beach in Thailand!
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