#51: “You are 21!”
stop allowing your age to define your limits
This girl in my class was talking about her internship, and she said: “God, I’m just 21! How much can you expect of me?” I’ll refrain from commenting, but check this out:
Alexander the Great conquered countries at 18.
Joan of Arc led a revolution at 17.
Mary Shelley published Frankenstein at 20.
College dropout Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Computer at 21.
Rowling was dreaming about Harry Potter in her 20s and Bob Ross was in the Air Force, self-learning painting.
You can play with Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age if you need more reasons to stop giving yourself excuses. The point is not to compare myself to others. The point is to stop allowing my age to define my limits. The greats demonstrated that it’s possible to do crazy shit at any age, but also that age isn’t definitive of my whole life. So what I tell myself today is:
“Don’t get sad about staying behind, because it’s not effective. Don’t use excuses, because that’s putting a cap on yourself. Go work towards your greatness.”