Reinvent Yourself at Any Age
Really? Any age?
Yes. Any age. Are you younger than 93? Then you are not too old to reinvent yourself.
Mae Laborde did. She started an acting career at 93 and didn’t stop until she passed away recently at the age of 102. Earlier in her life she worked as a department store clerk and as a bookkeeper for the “The Lawrence Welk Show.” As a reinvented Hollywood starlet, she landed commercials, movie parts and at the age of 99 became a semi-regular on the Talkshow with Spike Ferenstein.
Not sure that you can get with all the new fangled technology and social marketing as you reinvent yourself? Maybe you want to get a lesson from Mae’s clip “PSA for Installing a DTV Converter Box,” which has been ranked one of the most-watched viral downloads. Not bad!
So what did Mae do to reinvent herself? She attributes her success to staying active and keeping a positive outlook. “I like to keep in touch with things,” she said 11 years ago. “I just keep busy, and I have fun doing it. You have to have a sense of humor and keep happy thoughts. I keep thinking of the nice things that are going to happen.”
In other blogs we have written about how the fear of failure doesn’t have to be permanent and how Ellen Langer has researched how our mindsets can be limiting or liberating. Mindsets are lens through which we see our lives. People like Mae Laborde cultivate a mindset that is equivalent to looking through a lens that sees possibility.
Want to know how you can cultivate a possibility mindset, to put on those metaphorical “can do” eyeglasses that Mae put on? Please contact me for a free consultation to see if some coaching can help you.
P.S. Have you checked out The Creativity Shelf in the Leader’s Library on www.lynnkjones.com? My picks and the reasons why I picked them are all there with links to Amazon. And, if you buy one of these books through the Leader’s Library, I am donating the affiliate money I earn to Better World Books.
Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individuals on achieving their reflected best selves. An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment and Leadership to social work students at the University of Southern California.
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