I’ve always been an old soul.
When I was young, all I wanted to do was grow up and be professional and have a place in the world. And, so it’s no surprise that I started building my company when I was still in college. Because I wasn’t interested in sitting down with guidance counselors and going to the career fair and waiting for some faceless corporation to tell me I was good enough to be their next employee.
Instead, I just hired myself and got to work.
But once I graduated and entered the working world, the only thing people could focus on was my age. I’ll never forget being introduced for one of the first speeches of my career. The conference coordinator said, our speaker doesn’t actually have any credentials, but you’ll be amazed at how young he is. Ouch.
For the longest time, then, I made the mistake of viewing my youth as a handicap. I assumed nobody would listen, nobody would take me seriously and nobody would pay me any money. And I was right. They didn’t. Because I made it an issue, which gave them permission to make it an issue.
If only I had realized at the time, just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you’re useless. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. If you reach the point of somebody asking how old you are, you’ve already won. Their inquiry comes from a place of curiosity and admiration and excitement. There might be a dash bitterness and resentment and jealousy peppered in there, but the fact that you’re the youngest person in the room is credibility enough.
You’ve proven yourself when you get the invitation.
Now all you have to do is remind people that they made the right decision.
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Is your age an ally or an enemy?
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