Using age as an excuse.
Why are you limiting yourself in life just because of your age? You are not too old or too young to move forward in life, so quit using age as an excuse to cover up your fears. See past all of your fears, and live the life that you were meant to live.
In yesterday’s post, How I Landed My Dream Job At 22, I talked about the emotions that I had leading up to my first job in corporate America. I used every single excuse that I could think of for why I wasn’t going to be hired. I didn’t meet the qualification, I didn’t have the experience, and I was simply too young. There is no way that I, a recent 22 year old college graduate, deserved a job that was full of people who are twice my age.
What I was really doing was hiding myself from any disappointment. I wasn’t ready to face the reality of being told no, so it just seemed easier to use my age as an excuse.
Well, to that younger version of me, I have just one thing to say. Look at where you are now, buddy.
I started my first corporate job almost a month before my 23rd birthday. And for the first week, I treated it just like any other job that I had in the past. I was hesitant on making decisions, never voiced my opinion, and held zero confidence when talking to people.
But I wasn’t ready to give up on myself. After that first week was getting over my nerves, it was go time. It was time to work as hard as I could, and prove to my managers that I deserved to be here. If I had to be the first one there and the last one to leave, then so be it. I was going to do whatever it takes to be the best employee that I could be.
Alright, now am I going to fast forward three years to help put this into perspective.
Every single day for the last three years, I have had the same mentality. I did, and will continue to do whatever it takes to be the best employee that I can be. If my managers tell me to do more work, then I do more. If they say harder, I work harder.
That mentality that I have worked with for the last three years has transpired into me becoming a leader on my team. Every meeting that I go into, I bring new ideas for growth, and present the same question time after time. What more can I do to help the company?
Even if I have enough work to do, I am not going to admit it to anyone. I will do whatever it takes to succeed, and I will do more work than is expected of me. That is how I see myself growing, and that is how I see myself achieving. Not just in the work environment, but in life as well.
Truth be told, it has worked. I have humbly received team awards for my outstanding work, several added responsibilities, and the full trust of my managers due to my work ethic. And no, my age has not hindered me at all.
My team has remained the same (for the most part), the environment has remained the same, but I have not. I have taken that BS excuse that I am too young, and I leave it at the door every single day that I step into the office.
Not only am I a leader in the eyes of my managers, but I am also a leader in the eyes of my other team members. Yes, those team members that I was too scared to speak to on my first day of work because they were twice my age.
And that is what I want everyone to take away from this. You might be young, or you might be old, but the only person who can control your future is yourself.
Age has nothing to do with what you can and can’t achieve in life. What it really comes down to, is how hard you are willing to work for your dreams. You need to be willing to work harder today than you did yesterday. You need to keep moving forward no matter what obstacle life might throw at you.
So please, don’t let your age determine when and what dreams you follow. Quit using age as an excuse to cover your fears, and go out and chase your dreams with everything you have. As long as you believe, you can then achieve.
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