December 23, 2012

Birthdays Can Be A Time For Reflection

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I just finished reading Screw Business As Usual, by Richard Branson. It's a good book filled with case studies and real-life advice for the entrepreneur.The line from the book I'm thinking about today is, "If you didn't know how old you are, how old do you think you would be?"

Certainly this question is appropriate on my birthday. But seriously, take a minute and re-read the sentence and really think about it. If you didn't know how old you were, how old would you be?

I think this is a great question. Age has always been something I have never really paid much attention too. Two years ago I went through the entire year telling people I was a year older than I really was because my wife and kids had me convinced I was that old on my previous birthday. Didn't affect me one bit. Didn't change the way I behaved one bit. Didn't change my routine one bit. Only meant that I told people I was 52 when I was really 51. When I came upon my 52nd birthday and realized I had misspoke for an entire year it was sort of humorous. But it really didn't change a thing.

"If you didn't know how old you are, how old do you think you would be?"This plays both ways. I know people who are 60 and act like they are 80. Maybe age is just a mental state. Maybe age is a result of our physical state. Maybe we feel our age as a result of our health.

Personally, I think our mind is incredibly powerful. I think our mind can overpower our health, our physical state and our age and I think I'm living proof of that.I may be 53 in years of age but in my mind I am still in my late 20s or maybe my early 30s. Many would say behaviorally that is not a good thing. Obviously I disagree. And, like I always say, "Why change a good thing!"

Anyway, in honor of my birthday, take a minute and think about Sir Richard Branson's question, "If you didn't know how old you are, how old do you think you would be?"

Tell me what you come up with in the comments below.

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