There is a saying that if you are the brightest bulb in your group, then you need to change groups. The mind-set behind this thought is that we are shaped and driven by our peers. If those we consider our peers aren't doing anything, the probability is high that we aren't doing anything either. Complacency is comfortable, but growth only comes from s-t-r-e-c-h-i-n-g.
I think once we get to a certain age (whatever that age is in our minds) we begin to believe that we have done all that we are going to do or were meant to do. But, if that is true, why even bother to get up each day?
In May of 2007, a 95 year old lady graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. She obtained a degree in History. It's not really important what she got her degree in. What is important is that at 95 years old she was still pressing, still reaching. Life is a press. A press to get up. A press to go to work. A press to do the banal. Why can't we press with a goal in mind? A fresh goal? What if the 95 year old lady never took that leap of faith or pressed on when she was 91? What if she did not set herself the goal? Four years still would have come and gone whether she earned a college degree or not. And, in her case, four years did go by but at the end of those four years, she had obtained a college degree.
What are some of your goals? Do you even set any more goals at your age? If you don't, why not?? If you are blessed enough to live a whole bunch more years, where do you want to be at the end of those years? Where do you want to be at the end of next year? Two years from now? Four years from now? The years will come and go on their own and the knowledge of how many we have doesn't belong to us, but what we do with those years does belong to us.
If you are the brightest bulb in your group, change groups. I can exchange the words "brightest bulb" for "most energetic" or "goal setter" or "adventurer" or "most inquisitive"...you can even chose your own words. If you are the "MOST" in your group...change groups. We are driven by our peers. If our peers are not doing anything on a day to day basis, we will eventually settle for the mind set of our group.
I have several good friends who are 20 - 30 years younger than me. I am constantly asking them what they are up to and what are their plans, because at their ages they still make plans, they still set goals. My young friends don't believe their lives are over yet. Hanging out and talking with them, energizes me. Hanging out with them reminds me that my life is not over and they also keep me setting goals.
Life is still good, but is only as good as we make it. Strive to make your life absolutely great!! Stop settling. It really is not too late. Set some new goals. Heck, just set one goal and work towards it.
What would you do if you knew that you could not fail??
If you are the brightest bulb in your group...CHANGE GROUPS!!
I ain't settling for just getting by
I've had enough so so, for the rest of my life
Tired of shooting too low, so raise the bar high
"Just enough" ain't enough this time
I ain't settling for anything less than everything