I know most of you aren't thinking about improving yourself this week and making any huge life changes but that doesn't mean you should stop thinking about it.
I want to keep your internal motivation fires burning and how better but with an example of someone who turned his life around and became a huge success,
This person is little different from us because he started from such a low low and became such a huge and easily recognized celebrity.
Does the name Chris Gardner strike a bell?
Do you remember the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith in a journey from being a 50+ year old unemployed, homeless father to becoming a millionaire stockbroker?
I watched that movie last night.
That was about Chris Gardner.
Chris Gardner knows about reinvention.
Here is a man and a story that totally exemplifies what I have been preaching.......It's never too late, it's never impossible, it's never hopeless, it's never futile and it's never beyond your reach to find your passion and success in life even in your 50's.
Those of us that lost our jobs during the "Great Depression" may not be living in subway stations or eating out of dumpsters but we can be just as afraid of what tomorrow holds and can feel just as despondent about how to take care of ourselves and our families and can feel just as desperate when it comes to how we are going to live the rest of our lives comfortably.
Your struggles to earn a living might be different from his or anyone else's, but Gardner says the answer to pulling yourself up is the same.
"Find something you're passionate about and go for it."
"Maybe it's not time for us over 50 to be finding a job," but instead finding a career to create, Gardner says. "Maybe it's time to find our button and push it."
In a speech to several hundred baby boomers at past AARP Life@50+ convention in Los Angeles Gardner outlined his advice for people contemplating a midlife reinvention.
In his own words.........
1. "Ain't nobody gotta dig it but you." Forget what other people think or say. Do something that makes you happy. "We're afraid that because everybody might not like it" we shouldn't do it, Gardner says. "But you gotta push that button."
2. Go with what you love, but stay grounded. "Probably the hardest question I get asked is 'How do I choose between passion and practicality?'" Gardner says. "I can't answer that. I had to do both. I was passionate about pursuing a career in financial services. But I was also passionate about feeding my child."
3. Start a business. Gardner added his voice to the chorus of experts who see a wave of small-business startups run by baby boomers pushed out of Corporate America due to ageism or the bad economy. That's OK, he says, because entrepreneurs over 50 are in a better position than younger workers to capitalize on their "reputations and Rolodexes." It's the start of a creator economy, he says, "with a whole lot of folks being entrepreneurial."
5. Play to your strengths. "Your skills, talents and expertise are transferable" to other types of jobs and industries, he says.
6. Look out for yourself. "The cavalry is not coming....and things might be getting worse."
7. Remember what's important. For a long time, Americans worked to get things, Gardner says. It's time to focus on what really matters -- family and friends.
8. Any progress is progress. "Baby steps count, too, as long as you're moving forward," he says.
Chris pretty much hits the nail right on the head doesn't he?
Make a decision......why wait?
Follow your passion and enjoy every second of life.
Thanks for joining me......................................