What’s The Best Age to Start a Business? (Infographic)

Albert Einstein once said:

The only source of knowledge is
experience.

And Voltaire once said:

Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the
experience of others?

Often it is easier for us to believe something is possible if we see that other people have been able to do what we want to do. It can be very useful to see what they did that went well and follow that path, and learn from their experience so we can reach our goals faster and on the way create our own experiences and knowledge.

Did you know that Charles Flint didn’t launch IBM until he was 61 years old, and that Martha Stewart, home decorator, didn’t get into home decorating until she was 35 years old?

In the infographic below, made by Anna Vital at startup organisation Funders and Founders, you can see that people have started their business and made their dreams come true at very different times in life.

What's The Best Age to Start a Business? (Infographic)

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So if age is not an obstacle, what is?

It is said that the most important thing for success is grit. Grit is passion and perseverance for long term goals. Grit is living life like it is a marathon, not a sprint.

If you have grit, it does not matter how old you are because our brain changes and grows in response to challenges.

You can learn more about grit in this TED talk where Angela Lee Duckworth talks about the importance of grit and how to increase it with a growth mindset. A growth mindset is the believe that the ability to learn is not fixed but it can change with your effort.

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About Birna Birgisdóttir

Birna Birgisdóttir is a Ph.D candidate, researching creativity and servant leadership. She enjoys learning new things and has a M.Sc. in International Business, B.Sc. in Business Administration, diploma in Human Resource Management and she is an Executive Coach as well as NLP Practitioner.

Birna loves new adventures; has travelled the world, scuba dived in Mexico, skydived in Las Vegas, surfed in Australia, meditated in India and climbed the highest peak in Iceland.

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