Can we start a career at 40?

Postby Carla2016 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:05 am

Hi All,

I would like to work for myself. However, I have no expertise.
I am not happy that I have wasted all those years. I have had great projects, met amazing customers, colleagues, managers worldwide...Unfortunately, I could not stay. 3 companies asked me to, though...

For 15 yrs, I have been working for many companies where I had problems with people.
I have always hesitated to work for myself because I have family responsibilities. In a way, my unstable career has benefited my dependent family. My brother has a disability and my Mum is illiterate.

I thought that having a stable career would help me to build up my own personal life...It never happened.
I am glad that my Dr. said I cannot have children...
Thanks for your thoughts
Rgds, C
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Postby Richard@DecisionSkills » Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:35 am

I changed careers at 41. I have changed jobs/careers no less than 4 times. Why do you think I left? Because like most people I had grown unsatisfied, I wanted to learn, grow, and do more. The last change, I started working independently.

Age limits very few opportunities. For instance, becoming a pilot of a fighter jet or a professional golfer playing on the tour are not going to happen, but there are plenty of options. I have a friend that became a lawyer at 50, I have another friend that became a PhD at 50.

And then there is the great story of Col. Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Struggling his entire life, he started his own business selling chicken at age ~65.
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Postby mayermp » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:06 pm

Really nice story Richard. Im only 21 and your career path inspires me
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Postby Roady » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:11 am

Carla2016 wrote:For 15 yrs, I have been working for many companies where I had problems with people.

Why do you think you shouldn't have problems with people any more when you start your own business?
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Postby AlexD » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:34 pm

40 is nothing. I am 40 and was a professionally trained musician for 30 years, then became a registered nurse, then I added my own real estate investment business, online marketing business and coaching business. If I can do this, you can, too, and even more. And you will have to learn some people skills. It is not hard. There are classes that teach communication skills, as well as books, but nothing beats experience. Starting your own business will compel you to be your own boss and reevaluate the meaning of being proactive. But pople skills are a must. Problems are ok and will always be in your life as long as you work with people. But you will have to learn to change your reaction towards the problems that you have with different people. This happens by redefining certain priorities in your life, as well as creating goals that will help you prosper, and finding the likeminded individuals to surround yourself with in order to succeed. But likeminded does not mean they will always agree with you. What it means is that you have a common goal and you aspire to succeed together. Find something that people need and that you love doing and start a business. It will take some self-searching, but it is a great and very healthy process.
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Postby proudconfidentman » Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:25 pm

Yes of course. There are much older people that have achieved great things. As long as you can add value (which isn't age bound) you can do it.
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