One thing that’s always fascinated me, is how the definition of “old” and “young” can be so different, depending on the context of a discussion.
In the NFL, once a Running Back hits age 30, he’s considered “old.”
He’s out of his prime, can’t run like he used to, and has “lost a step.”
And in any sport, if a guy is still playing in his late 30’s or even at 40, he’s called “ageless.”
Compare that to regular life, where you’re considered very young at age 40.
But then let’s flip the script…
Sometimes you may hear about someone who is 50 or 60 and gets sick, and people say, “Oh my gosh, he’s so young to be going through that.”
The reason this happens, is because over time, we have defined what’s young and what’s old, depending on specific situations.
I thought about this recently when a subscriber of mine emailed me…
We got to talking, and he sent me this Quora post, where a user asked:
Is 32 too old to start going to the gym for a 6 pack?
Ron, who is the subscriber I’m referencing, sent the guy this:
That’s Ron in the link above, and he was 40 before he decided it was time to get in shape.
Most people may think at age 40, you’ve pretty much established your body composition, and “it is what it is.”
But in the picture on the right, you can see Ron looks better at age 53 than he did at age 40.
And how did he do it?
Intense desire, discipline, good technique in the gym and the kitchen, and a willingness to experience months of excruciating hunger and its side effects as I took my body to a new limit just to see if I could do it.
In the quote above, Ron isn’t saying to starve yourself. In fact, he told me it’s surprising how much food you have a eat to maintain muscle as fat burns off.
What he’s saying is that on some days, even when he ate the amount of food he was supposed to, it still wasn’t enough to satisfy his body. On those days, he was as hungry as he’d ever been in his life.
But if you take that quote above, it can actually be true when trying to achieve any goal in life or business.
Intense desire, discipline, good technique [towards whatever your goal is], and a willingness to [change old habits and understand that it’ll be very hard] as [you take your life/business to a new level].
The reason I’m bringing this up, is because you might feel the same way that Quora user did who asked the initial question…
It’s easy to think an opportunity has already “passed us by.”
That we are “too late to the party.”
But let’s look at it logically…
Ron is in amazing shape at age 53.
This doesn’t mean Ron is going to compete with 25 year olds athletically or in fitness competitions.
But that’s not the goal.
The goal is to compete with YOURSELF.
Is he better today than he was yesterday?
In regards to fitness and lifestyle, yes, it appears so.
And while he may not be able to compete with an athletic 25 year old, he has definitely improved his life in various ways.
And I express this same sentiment to people who reach out about working with us to grow or start their business.
Many times they think the internet has “passed them by.”
That they can’t compete with all the people who have been doing internet marketing for 10 years.
But the thing is, they don’t have to.
If you can build a cool little business, that makes you decent money, gives you more free time, and improves your life…isn’t that all that matters?
You don’t have to be the 19 year old whiz, who’s banking $1 mil a month.
You might be the “chill” 48 year old, who builds a nice little side business.
Or the “hungry” 58 year old, who wants to keep themselves busy and add a little cash flow to their life.
It really doesn’t matter…
But just like Ron didn’t let age or traditional thought processes define him, you shouldn’t let it define you either.
Once you start competing with yourself and no one else, it becomes MUCH easier to win :).