We’ve talked a lot lately about the differences between Millennials and Baby Boomers in the office, and how these differences can add positive and negative attributes to a company’s culture. Today, I want to talk about age, and whether or not it truly equals experience, (and vice versa.) Why does this matter? Simple: whether you’re older or younger, there’s no reason for you to feel limited by your age. These self-limitations can take you out of the game faster than anything else, so let’s figure out how to move past them!
Age Really Is Just a Number
Just because it may be easier for younger people to learn languages and physical skills doesn’t mean it’s impossible if you’re older. Case in point: here’s a story about a Kenyan woman who learned how to read and write at 90 years old. It’s an extreme example, but it’s valid: there is no reason to use your age as an excuse when it comes to learning a new skill. The same concept applies when you’re young: don’t get scared off because of a perception that a given skill is “too complex” or “too advanced” for someone your age, and certainly never allow someone else to make that determination for you.
How This Applies to the Workplace
Just because you’ve been doing a particular job for a long time doesn’t mean you can’t change gears later on. Same goes for younger workers: don’t let a lack of experience define what you can attempt to take on. Showing that you’re open to taking on a new responsibility can be as simple as scheduling a meeting with your boss to ask about professional development opportunities, or taking classes at a community college to earn a new certification. Putting things off is a mistake; when you have a good idea that you know will improve your life, it’s best to immediately start planning ways to make it a reality as soon as possible.
Here’s the takeaway: no matter what, you are literally never too old or young to develop a skill that can change your life!
I’m Jessica Cox, and whether you’re young or old, I have some tips that you can use right now to start overcoming the obstacles in your own life. It’s never too late or too early to make a major change to your life! If you want me to come share my story with the attendees at your convention or religious gathering, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.