ENTREPRENEURS WHO “MADE IT” WHEN THEY WERE OLD PEOPLE
I just saw a girl celebrating her 21st birthday on Facebook the other day. She had grown up as a Jehovah’s Witness, and only recently began celebrating birthdays after denouncing her faith. She was anxiety-stricken, claiming that every birthday since she started celebrating them has been a disaster. But, after a few posts about this, her real source of stress came out: she had moved to LA under the conditions that she would allow herself until 23 to “make it.”
Aside from 23 being your Jordan year, and the one that will surely be one of your most formative, and one that you will leave as a wholly different person that you entered (more Jordan references in the original post of these infographics), it’s also an unreasonably short distance from the age (18) that you’re allowed to begin making decisions in this society. And even shorter from the age (21) that you’re able to convince potential mentors to come out for a drink to try to suck some knowledge out of them. Before I denounced this dumbass philosophy that I should have “made it” by a specific distance from my moment of birth or my rebirth in the City of Angels, I think my number was 25. I am going on 27 now, and if I met myself at 25 I would probably say no to his offer to take me to a drink and suck some knowledge out of me. Well, maybe I would entertain my 25-yr-old self for an hour or so, but the 23-yr-old me would have no chance. And that kid was definitely very far away from “making it.”
With every Richard Branson biography or Robert Greene book or Steven Pressfield philosophy I read, I realize that the further you get away from your childhood, the stronger your chances of success get, not the other way around. The hard part is maintaining the naivety that childhood pertains. But, if you can stay foolish enough to think that you can be the one that makes your big idea work, you can.
Anna Vital of Funders and Founders has taken a bunch of examples of the fools who were dumb enough to make it, and compiled them into a series of infographics that will keep your spirits up if you let them.
The rest of the post, which you can see here, even personifies the struggle before the achievement of your goals.
You got these.
Wait… Who gave the blind guy a license?