Sunday, August 11, 2013

Why Have You Given Up On Your Commitment To Personal Growth?

Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross
Clara Barton (Wikipedia)
by Tom L Randle

Recently, I was asked to speak to a Rotary Club and during my conversation with its program chair about the topic he thought would have the broadest appeal, he said, "66% of our members are retired and probably aren't interested a talk about goal setting".

I, being the sort that believes in a continuing commitment to goal setting as a way of life, was undeterred.

Leaders understand that goals are important and meaningful goals are necessary to achieve a balanced life-career.

I assured my contact that the members of his Rotary Club appreciated the values that goals have in the direction and motivation of their lives.

Being retired should not mean that you stop planning or sit back and give up. Goals are sparks that help maintain your excitement for life, family, breaking 90 in golf, walking you daughter down the aisle, taking that cruise you always promised yourself, etc. Age is not a limitation!

Take Mr. Sidney Frank, born 1919, who in 1996 at the age of 77 launched the premium vodka brand Grey Goose. 

 In 2004, Mr. Frank sold the brand to Bacardi for a cool $2.0 billion. He shared that good fortune with his staff and even secretaries received bonuses of $100,000.

Think he is done? No sir! He now is making and distributing Corazon Tequila in a market that is crowded with tequilas. Don't bet against him.

Other examples of successful persons that ignored their age and continued to set goals and grow in life and their professions are:

  • Clara Barton who founded the American Red Cross at age 59.
  • Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa at age 50.
  • Cervantes completed the book Don Quixote at age 70.
  • Jessica Tandy won her Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy at age 80.
  • Casey Stengel managed the Yankees to championships at age 70 and achieved 7 World Series title and 2 more championships in the preceding 11 years.

What more evidence do you need to accept that setting goals isn't influenced by age?

A commitment to your growth at all ages will place you front and center among the elite achievers in your circle of influence, amongst your peers, and demonstrates and sets an example to those that look up to you and admire you.

If you dare to dream and set lofty goals, your life will be more rewarding. Unhappy people (and you know who I am talking about) got that way because they gave up.

How you lead your life determines your future. It also has an influence on those around you. Regardless of age, nationality, gender or station in life, your accomplishments are not limited if you make goal setting a part of your life and career.

Don't you just love the self-confidence of a man that is 83 years young, who marries a woman of 33 and buys a new house right next to the elementary school? Don't ever stop planning a future that is uniquely yours. Goals are important, regardless of your age.

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