I’m known for a statement I make among my clients in top management: You don’t know s--- till you’re 50!
People with good judgment just get it somehow, but every once in awhile someone puts the impertinent question, “What on earth does that mean?”
If you’re a learner, here’s my take on what begins to happen to you, when you reach the half-century mark:
- An undeniable gravity exerts itself on and within you—this is the most significant factor.
- If you have kids, they’re usually pretty far along and have made their mark on you.
- You’re more ready for a long-term horizon for your life:
-You have less to prove and more of what counts in hand.
-You’re more patient, more committed to let things happens than make them happen.
-You’re no longer getting there; life is more a matter of being there.
- You hit stride somewhere between 36 and 43; now you can pause to ponder a poem, engage an idea from left field.
- You’re ready to declare yourself on what you value.
- You see to it that the right things get done.
- You see your role as more model and teacher than doer.
- You ask better questions.
- You offer better advice.
- You weigh choices quietly; pursue options with more certainty.
- You are sought rather than seeking.
- Your results arrive on a glide path; not shot from a rocket.
- You take your leave with dignity, ready for next steps.
Today, you’re good as gold, facing un-mined perfection. If you live the learner’s life, tomorrow and the years ahead will ease into a revealed deliverance, a poise preferred beyond all expectation.