In the past few weeks I heard from the TV news and my husband that quite a few big businesses have either gone bust or made lots of their employees redundant.
Some businesses have done something quite dirty. Their first fired a lot of their employees, then they rehired a lot of them on less favorable terms.
Even if this is legal, this is definitely unethical. It’s obviously why they are doing this. It’s because it can dramatically bring the costs down, which is of course beneficial to the business and its short-term financial results, and therefore be welcome to the shareholders.
If you belong to one of those who either have lost their jobs, or have lost out greatly because of the reasons I mentioned earlier, you may be feeling frustrated or even angry, but you think it’s too late to pursue another path , because you are middle-aged, and simply have too much to lose if you change your path now.
What I’m going to say to you is this: it’s never too late to start a new path / life. Let me tell you a story.
From 2009 to July 2017 I felt deeply trapped. My translation service was going no where, yet we didn’t have enough money for me to invest in another path. In addition, my husband’s health was a constant worry. I also had a lot of pain from my past to deal with, which dragged me into really unhappy modes and situations frequently.
Everywhere I looked, I saw darkness and closed doors. Fortunately I had my husband encourage and support me. I also did positive work on myself from time to time, which was just enough to keep me float.
Things really started to change for me when I made the decision to do the ACCA fully certificate. I made the decision a few days after I passed my practical driving exam.
It was a big decision for us at the time. Because the costs were huge. I was not sure if we could afford the whole thing. But my husband encouraged me to take the path, as long as it felt right to me. It did feel right, even though I worried about its affordability for us.
So I took the path. Look how far I have gone. I used to have very low self-confidence and be very shy. But now I am telling the world how I truly feel and some of the most painful experiences I have had.
More importantly, I am confident that I will find the way to get us out of the difficult situation we are in somehow, even though I don’t know exactly when and how it’s going to happen.
When I started this process I was 43. I am 46 now. To many people both of those numbers mean that it’s time to settle down with whatever they have got.
That may be OK in a relatively stable environment, where it’s relatively clear how things are going to be in the near future. But that’s not the case now. Now the old world is falling apart, but the new one is not formed yet. And no one knows exactly where the world is going.
If you have lost your job and can’t see any possibility to get another one in the near future, then you can’t actually settle down, no matter how old your age is.
What is age anyway? It’s just a number. Our body is regenerating at all time. We have a new body every 7 years. Our mind and spirit certainly don’t age, unless you perceive they do.
It’s never too late. If you want to build a great life for yourself, just take the first step with what you do have. As soon as you take the first step, the universe will start helping you and your path will be shown to you at the right time.
But you have to take the first step, then the second, the third, etc. When you have built up enough momentum, the process will start pulling you, rather than you pushing the process.
And the right people and circumstances will be drawn to you to assist your project.
Many extremely successful people started their amazing career with virtually nothing. Tony Robbins lived in his car for a couple of years whilst he was trying to build his life. John Paul DeJoria was living in his car with his young child when he started his business empire. Look how far they have gone!
Whenever I feel that it’s too late for me to build an amazing life, I often use the following two famous statesmen in Chinese history to encourage myself:
- Bai Li Xi. Legend says he had been a slave until he was in his 60s, which was very old in those days (over a thousand years ago). Then he got the opportunity to be the Premier Minister of Qin, the most powerful kingdom in China at the time, and had enjoyed a glorious career.
- Jiang Zi Ya. Legend says he had lived a rather poor life until he was in his 80s, which was extremely old in those days (over a thousand years ago). Then he got the opportunity to help one of the kings to took power and establish Zhou, one of the most prominent dynasties in Chinese history.
If they can do that, so can you! We are all humans and we all have the support of the Spirit. The only difference is that those people believed in themselves and took the necessary actions.
So the question is not about your age. It about your willingness to believe in yourself and take the action.
Do you believe in yourself? Are you willing to take the action?