Every single day, God teaches me.
One of the greatest things He has graciously allowed me to overcome is fear. FEAR is of the devil and if you keep [from doing things] because you're scared, you unknowingly allow evil to intervene by holding you back.
Failure is inevitable and none of us are exempt from it. And rather than viewing failure as a loss, view it as a lesson. A lesson, because although it may not have worked out, you tried it and you will never have to wonder what if.
I cannot tell you how many times, in life, I have failed. As I sit here writing these words, flashbacks of my past attempts are swirling through my head and I’m thinking “Wow, I am so glad I never gave up.”
You see, I have received more no’s, in life, than yes’. And through it all, it didn’t make me a failure, it actually gave me push.
When you fail at something, you're left with two options: you either fall into self-pity or you get up and keep moving.
Life isn’t going to wait for you. You either lead, follow or get out of the way because it continues, with or without you.
As I get older, I’ve also come to the realization that I am living a "Millennial time-warp" and if you're not in your 20's, with a college degree, you're frowned upon in Corporate America.
When I first moved to Dallas, I applied for a job I was extremely qualified for. After several email conversations and an amazing phone interview, it was pretty much a done-deal; I just knew I had cinched the job. At that point, the only thing left to do would be to meet with this lady, in person, and sign on the dotted line. But during our phone conversation, somehow my age came up. “Mid-forties?” she asked.
I will never forget those words and her subtle disappointed tone. But even that, as discouraging as it was, is one thing I have mastered in my own beliefs. I didn't let that stop me. I persevered because I knew God had a greater plan.
AGE is just a number and as soon as you convince yourself of that, you can proceed. Sometimes people, in this rat-race world, lack compassion and you cannot take it personal. In my defense, it was her loss.
And I may sound a bit cliche´ but if I can convince you of one thing, men and women, no matter the age, it is this: it is never too late to be what you passionately desire to be. It is never too late to change your career. It is never too late to find love. It is never too late to get fit. It is never too late to be happy. It is never too late to take that trip. It is never too late to send that email. It is never too late to make that phone call. It is never too late to change [your] life.
Your only obstacle is convincing yourself. YOU DON'T STOP LIVING UNTIL YOU STOP BREATHING, and until then, life is what you make it.
I hope you enjoyed this talk because it's only the beginning. "Fear In Your 40's" will be my first podcast. Stay tuned...