“Our Greatest Glory is not in Never Failing, but in Rising Up Every Time We Fail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
All I’m really looking for is Getting to the Other Side of Nowhere.
Sounds like the title of a County song. Today it’s the clarion call for so many of us over the age of 50.
Let’s get real. Things just don’t seem right. Today, we are fed a daily regimen of celebrity absurdity and a torrent of matters inconsequential, all designed for the purpose of diversion and distraction. It’s modern day Bread and Circuses. But, delusion doesn’t pay the bills nor open many doors. We know in our heart of hearts, things just don’t seem right. The feeling is palpable.
But, we are Entrepreneurs. We do what we need to do and do it on our own. We are driven by vision, motivated by passion and guided by experience and intelligence.
It’s very rough out there, but it doesn’t matter. While others remain on shore waiting for the tides to turn, we take advantage of the lack of competition.
Right now might not be the perfect season for career transition consideration, but that’s a personal decision. Each of us answers to our own muse. We understand we must commit to something focused, something concrete. Wind chimes and marigolds reside in sonnets and do diddly squat in advancing the quest for success.
The same holds true when displaced by circumstance and assigned to the land of “in-between success”. Sitting all day in front of a computer hungering for scraps of “opportunity manna “is the personification of aspiration passivity.
Here’s a News Update: The fortune fairy doesn’t deliver online anymore.
By any calculation, that means acceptance and recognition of the unexceptional and mundane. That contradicts all aspirations of Getting to the Other Side of Nowhere.
So, turn off the computer, forsake another exciting game of solitaire and get out there and start mixing with humanity. It is all in the dogged pursuit of reclaiming prosperity and the attendant peace of mind. Tough times are not virtual. We know that. It’s displacing passive interface with energetic Interaction. We know it. We just need a reminder now and then.
At one time or another, most of us have traveled down similar paths and experienced comparable scenarios.
It’s rough out there. That’s a given. Being aged 50 Plus only adds to the challenge.
Perhaps this is a time where you find yourself licking wounds from previous ill-fated encounters. You lose yourself momentarily in reflections of past but brilliant triumphs only to be jolted suddenly back to the cruel reality of life currently filled with unrelenting turn downs. .
And, you are burned out on Almost, disheartened by Dead Ends and exhausted by the unconvincing Maybe.
Sound familiar? But, we are survivors. Sure, we bitch and moan but adjust to the changing marketplace. Sometimes, it’s easy to do. Other times, it is insufferable.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers but let me run a few suggestions by you:
1). Go out there and FAIL. Yes, fail! But, fail on the way to success. Let me explain: From now on, apply for everything. Everything! Not that you are going to accept just anything, but you need practice. Get your act down. You are not failing. You are Rehearsing. This is known as “Show Prep.” So, when the right scenario comes into focus, you are more than ready. Be thankful that you have the ability to fail. By failing, you are succeeding. Plus mingling with humanity is an energizer.
2). You are over the age of 50. You have background. Having accomplished as much as you have in life, you can paint verbal pictures based on past experience. You make these visions come alive because you have lived them. Your frame of reference allows for the anecdotal, not just hypothetical. You conjure up past undertakings.
You can relate an anecdote that has relevance with or is similar to the situation at hand. Now, compare this to someone younger than yourself. Lacking experience, their frame of reference is hypothetical and theoretical. They lack experience and come across as a one trick pony.
One precautionary note: Don’t get too verbose. Waxing nostalgia labels you as old and out of touch: That projects a retirement vision. Get to the anecdote that advances your response and then move on.
3). Getting down on yourself when all doors appear shut and opportunity seems non-existent can place even the most optimistic individual’s trajectory into a downward spiral. Why is it when things degenerate to such an extent, we seem to join the depredation chorus?
That is self-treachery. It’s taking perverse joy in the celebration of our existing contraction status. We hurt ourselves. We isolate in desperation and cocoon in despair.
Believe this or not, research proves this is normal human behavior. We actually get a temporary lift from masochist demeanor.
Nobody ever said human nature makes sense
In fact, it’s all part of Mazlow’s study on the Stages of Depression: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
As delusional as it sounds, this behavior is part and parcel of life. Just don’t allow this fleeting but aberrant demeanor to permanently confiscate your normality.
4). Isn’t it something! When we want to escape from “funk”, we feel a strange, illogical deference to it. It’s like over paying on allegiance to a sentence of self-ruin. And, until and until such time, we cannot free ourselves from this self-imposed confinement.
On the surface, this sounds like a load of BS to the 10th degree. But, it’s not
It makes no sense, but what does making sense have to do with anything? Now here’s the kicker. Any positive action undertaken to change this mindset is viewed with disdain and regarded as an inferior alternative to the current negative status..
Consider this: Imagine reverting back to toddle-hood right now, with your current intellectual capacity. Do you realize you would probably convince yourself you couldn’t walk. At a certain point, toddlers stand up instinctively. They take a step or 2, fall down and cry. They do this over and over again until they finally get it right. They get frustrated but they don’t stop. We do.
So, be a baby. Again, fail and fall on your way to success. Look upon this exercise as a rehearsal.
5). Be grateful. Unfortunately today, all too many people venerate victim-hood. Even Entrepreneurs have been known at times to retreat into the throes of anguish and get caught up in the culpability game.
It is celebrating and reveling in despair. As a victim, none of what happens in life is ever due to personal resolve. It is all the fault of others. No personal accountability whatsoever. Now, at one time or another, we have all “done and been done in.” That’s life. We learn from all our experiences good and bad. But, abdicating responsibility means relinquishing control of your life to others.
And that brings to mind the old Golden Rule: He/She who has the Gold Rules.
So, be grateful. Don’t give up. Never cede your power. Don’t allow control of your life into the hands of others. Their interest in you is, at best, peripheral. Get out there and start failing on the way to Success. Remember, it’s a rehearsal. Mingle with the masses and the Mighty.
This is no time for passivity. Solitaire, Land Mines, TMZ and Miley Cyrus will just have to make do without you.
It’s all part of Getting to the Other Side of Nowhere..
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