Well, here we are. We have looked at seven success traits that when properly cultivated and put to practice can make baby boom entrepreneurs build strong, lasting, and valuable second careers. Today I want to issue a warning and a challenge.
First the warning: Just because the life and business experience of the baby boom entrepreneur provides them with special insight into these success traits, success is never guaranteed. Let me explain with a couple illustrations.
I have been told that on nearly any day, on dozens of basketball courts in the New York City area, that you can find players who have the same raw talent and abilities that can be seen on the courts of the NBA. What makes the difference between the two is not talent or ability it is the willingness to make application of this talent and ability in a way that will provide success in the NBA.
I have had the privilege of playing golf men who played on the PGA Tour or were attempting to do so. When I asked them about why the didn’t “make it” the story was always the same. They didn’t have the “head” for the game. What they meant was that they had all the necessary success skills, but couldn’t make them work under the pressure of a tournament.
You see, having a skill set (or the success traits) necessary to win big in a chosen field does not in and of themselves guarantee anything. The ingredient that brings all these traits together into a synergistic force for success is your willingness to cultivate and expand them, to develop a “head” for the game. Without continuous growth and expansion of your success traits and an understanding as to how to use them in the best ways possible, you will be found on the “local courts” playing for pennies instead of staring in the big game.
Now for the challenge: If you feel the need, the burning desire to stay active in the second half of your life, then don’t let anyone stop you! You will find all kinds of people who will tell you why you can’t, shouldn’t, or won’t be able to follow your dream of a second career. They will tell you that in this current climate you are making a mistake and that if you use the time and resources necessary to “do this thing” and fail, you will become a burden to others.
In all this noise, you need only ask yourself two questions: 1) Do I have the skills necessary to build a successful second career? 2) Am I willing to pay the price to learn, grow, and work to be a success?
If the answer to these questions is yes, you can use your baby boom success traits and accomplish great success in your second career.
Talk more later ….
(Thanks again to Amy Grossman and her list of success traits. I also want to thank her for the tweets and messages of encouragement as these articles have been published.)