Monday morning, after four failed attempts, 64 year old Diana Nyad became the first person to successfully swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage.  Ms. Nyad’s, whose motto this year is “find a way”, willingness to take such a risk at her age is not foreign to the most successful entrepreneurs.

 

       Most assume that start-ups are being ran by 20 somethings. The truth is that today’s entrepreneur is over 40, married, and has at least one child. According to the Kauffman Foundation those among the ages of 55-64 have the “the highest rate of successful entrepreneur.”  Many who count these encore entrepreneurs out of the game fail to recognize the value in the wisdom and experience that come with age.

 

      According to this CNN report Diana Nyad, tired, swollen and sunburned had three messages, three messages that encore entrepreneurs know too well.
“One we should never, ever give up.
Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams.
Three is that it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.”

 

       I remember almost 8 years ago, when I was working as an assistant property manager,  having a conversation with a gentleman from Kenya.  We were discussing school, careers and things of that nature when he says very excitedly “that is what I love about this country, you are never to old to follow your dreams.”  He went on to tell me that where he was from that if you are not doing what you want to do(and many times you don’t have a choice) by 20 something then you will never do it.  Shortly after that conversation I applied to law school, a dream deferred but never forgotten.  If you are ready to chase your dream to entrepreneurship schedule a free consultation.