One of the more common excuses I hear for not pursuing a goal, starting to save for retirement, or starting a dream business is a lack of time. Often, individuals feel that because they are a certain age, their time has passed and it’s too late for them to start over.
However, I am of the belief that we can reinvent ourselves at any age. A life committed to learning new things and pursuing challenges head on is a life well lived, in my opinion.
Just recently I listened to NPR’s podcast How I Built This with Guy Raz, which interviewed Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill. You are probably familiar with Bob’s Red Mill, as their products are now sold in most grocery store health food sections across the country. Bob told the story of how he transformed his life from failed gas station owner to starting a little side business milling grain. That little side business now has revenues over $100 million per year.
It wasn’t easy, however. Bob faced adversity all along the way - from saving old mills from being torn apart, to watching the business burn down in flames after an arsonist destroyed his building.
What was it that kept Bob moving along, instead of calling it quits?
“I began a concerted effort to make my life what I thought I was capable of doing,” Moore said.
What’s fascinating to me, is not that Bob and his wife Charlee have grown this amazing business to what it is today. It is that they started the business when Bob was in his 50s. He most likely could have taken the latter part of his career in a number of directions after the failed gas station business, but he chose to pursue this challenging business in order to make healthier food than what was currently available in grocery chains.
Bob is now 90 years old and is actively giving his company to his employees and is giving away his personal wealth. He is a man of faith that believes in the motto “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Have you ever dreamt of starting your own business or going after a Big Hairy Audacious Goal? We have talked before about how incremental steps lead to massive change over time.
My challenge to you today is this:
Take one small step toward your goal.
This could be calling your mentor to ask questions, setting up an automatic transfer to your retirement account, selling an unused piece of furniture to fund your new website, or going for a one mile walk to start getting in shape.
No step is too small, as long as it is in the right direction. Start today and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish over the next year.