The only failure is not to try

The only failure is not to try.

Madonna Buder

How often do you say to yourself that you are "too old to do something", or "too young to do something"?

Or perhaps "too left-brained to be creative" or too _________ fill in the blank.

I hear comments like these from clients and friends (and sometimes I catch a similar thought too). Our minds are brilliant when it comes to justifying why we cannot do something!

The point is that our lives change when we stop believing these thoughts. In fact, some of the most inspiring stories come from people who simply refused to believe disempowering thoughts.

Examples of people who decided that failure was not an option?

Sister Madonna Buder, aka the "Iron Nun" is 86 years old and at the age of 48 started training for Iron Man triathlons. Since then, she completed more than 40 of them (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run). I feel this is more than people 1/4 of her age would do.

Carmen Dell'Orefice is an 85 years old fashion model and Wang De Shun, an 80 year old actor, is referred to as a hunky old man. He was homeless in his 40s, and at 79 he was invited on a fashion runway...and at 80 he still has huge dreams!

Eddy Zhong, a 16-year old straight C student wasn't good in school math yet won business competitions and created a successful enterprise that was featured in the Wall Street Journal. He simply had passion for creating things. What would his life looked like if he believed he wasn't smart enough and/or was too young?

Do you ever say to yourself it's too late for something? That you are not creative enough, too old, too young, too anything? I suggest you reconsider.


With gratitude and love,