Why being 50 is the new black

…and the best age to become an entrepreneur
 
First of all why not? And if not now, when?
 
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”. Barack Obama
 
We tend to link start-ups with young, poor students with a dream to change the world or make huge amount of money (or both), who stumbled on a great idea and became billionaires. It has a romantic flavour to it, doesn’t it? In contrast, leaving the “security” of a well-paid job in a large corporate at the peak of your so called ”career ”, to fulfil your purpose seems damn crazy. But if I think about it, it makes a huge amount of sense…
 
I am ready – I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist (well maybe more than a bit), so in a way I was preparing throughout my entire career for this moment. I needed the learning, to experiments, the successes and failures, the connections with people and getting a clear answer to the Why question, so in a way I probably would not have done it 10 or 20 years ago.
 
Life experience – experience can be holding you back if you mean it to be doing the same as your past learning (this is called repetition). But if you are like me, always learning, your life experience becomes about encountering so many dots and so many attempts at connecting them that you can see the solutions where no one else can.
 
No time left for regrets – As a little girl I had this strong sense of justice. I remember explaining to the principle at the young age of 10 why it was not fair that in art/craft classes the boys were making this cool stool and the girls were to learn to sew. I don’t remember getting a satisfactory explanation, including throughout my adult life. It is now relevant more than ever to take a stand for inclusion where all members of society have the same opportunities, that people from all groups are valued and respected and that everyone has a voice.
 
Lead by example In recent years I have been quoted saying to staff “The robots are
coming, get ready”. With the exponential change we are currently experiencing and the uncertainties regarding the future of work it is critical that we all recreate our own value proposition. You can only inspire others to do that if you practice it yourself.
“Being an entrepreneur is living a meaningful and adventurous life; it requires courage, commitment and curiosity to learn. Being 50 and being an entrepreneur is also to turn your life experience, your connections and your desire to continue growing into an execution power to make a real dent in the world”