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Does age matter?

By Kristine Carey & Leslie Gebhart, The Lifestyle Catalysts

Donald Trump's television show, The Apprentice, attracted

the largest audience the night he was to hire his 4th

apprentice. Much about television is a numbers game which

prompted us to think about the numbers in the show. Randall

is 34, Rebecca is 24. Does age matter? Was it his ten

years of maturity that made the difference, or what he chose

to do with those ten years - his education and running

successful businesses? Does a 20 something candidate have a

chance against a 30 something candidate? What do you think?

It also begs the question, is age a barrier to success?

Some of us feel old at 40. Our attitude and actions can

make any number seem old. What if you go around telling

yourself, "I'm too old to (sing in a choir, horseback ride

across the range, insert your item here)? Is that really

true? Perhaps you are too old to climb Mt. Everest; that

isn't to say there aren't still plenty of things left to do

regardless of physical limitations. Who is stopping you

from giving the recital, climbing the hill, doing what you

really want to do? As coaches, we disregard the, "I'm too

(insert complaint here) excuse. There is always a way to

modify whatever it is you want such that it can be achieved.

Is there a library nearby? A hobby club you might join?

Films to be watched? There are many ways to accomplish

learning"and you can find the essence of your goals and

dreams in many different ways.

Think about it:

"What is the thing you've been telling yourself you're too

old to do (your Mt. Everest)?

"When you look at that thing you've been wanting to do,

what's at the heart of it and where else might you find its


"Look for support. Getting support enables you to do what

you want with more ease.

As coaches, we see age doesn't matter. There are 23 years

between us and we share times when we are being wise and

times when we're being silly or unwise. We share work

ethics, steadfast support of our clients, interesting

balance in our lives and much more. Age is a number and

counts for things like a senior pass to the movies and

possibly some extra points on the wisdom-o-meter, yet the 40

(or 30, or 20) somethings among us have plenty to offer as

well. Our interaction as life coaches and workshop leaders

is enriched by the difference in our ages, perspectives, and

points of view. We say, "Yes to it all and invite you to

do the same. Let age support you when you need it to and be

willing to resist using it as an excuse for postponing going

for your goals and dreams.

About The Author
Lifestyle Catalysts Kristine Carey & Leslie Gebhart are life

coaches who reflect the maxim that despite life's obstacles

you can have a life well lived. Known for their

professional, fun approach, they regularly lead workshops

and coach 1:1.

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