Most people I meet, think that I’m older than I am. Whenever they guess, I usually hear a number between 25 and 27. RARELY does anyone guess 21. Which is how old I am.
And upon telling them my real age, sometimes I ask why they thought I was older and the most common answer is: “Well, you don’t act like a 21 year old” ….
Last Friday, I did the career fair at a high school and I can’t tell you how many students looked over my booth and took it all in, then asked “How old do you have to be to do this?” And while the new, confident, version of myself was eager to explain to them how you’re NEVER too young and to not let your age hold you back, I could remember a time when I thought differently.
Ohhhh yes…. How vividly I can recall the days when my biggest fear was my bride discovering that I wasn’t even old enough to drink the champagne she was trying to offer me….or how much effort I put into dodging every question surrounding age when I met with a new client at a consultation….Oh and how can I forget how thrilled I was when I turned 20 and I no longer had the word “teen” attached to me.
I have lived in fear of my own youth when it comes to my business. (And sometimes I still do, which is why this may be the first time you hear of my actual age!) I’ve feared rejection. I didn’t want people to think less of me because I was younger than them.
So many people seem to associate success and professionalism with age. The more years you’ve been around, the more you know, right?
That can sometimes be true. But what if you took just a few years and gave them your ALL?
Which is what I’ve done. And I think I’ve done a pretty okay job for someone who wasn’t old enough to step into a casino 6 months ago! Haha ;)
Being a part of this career day, really gave me a new perspective. Seeing all of these teens with so much potential, I wanted to be the one who put their age aside and just let the potential shine on it’s own. So I encouraged them, to start NOW. To use their years wisely and start now, because they’re not too young. And neither am I.
So I made this sign below and displayed it at my booth. To show the students that I’m not that different from them and that they can accomplish whatever their heart’s desire….
And to tell them that success knows no age :)