The Clock is Not at Zero
If you are reading this right now, the clock is not at zero. You still have time. Time for what? Well my friend, that’s a great question, but that decision is all yours.
Growing up playing sports I always heard about competing until the clock was at zero. Not just competing in the first quarter or the second quarter. Not just competing in the third quarter and most of the fourth quarter. It was about competing until the end.
Having myself played in various sports from the 4th grade through college I’ve participated in more games than I can count. Through this I’ve seen just how important it is to play until the end and how not doing so results in an undesired outcome.
Many of us played sports at some point in our lives, whether that was just in middle school or all the way up to the professional level. After we’re done officially playing sports we tend to forget something important. Life is about playing until the end. Not just the first quarter or second quarter. Not just the third quarter or part of the fourth quarter.
In life, just as in sports, we have a clock. This clock started when we we born and is at zero when we die. Many people accept they can’t do things simply because they’re too old. Things like:
- Getting into shape
- Traveling the world
- Starting a business
- Writing a book
Guess what? The clock is not at zero.
There’s a group of people out there who decided they’re going to play until they end. They know the clock is not at zero and they have lived that way, regardless of age.
Starting a Business When You’re “Too Old”
- Colonel Sanders at 62 started franchising KFC
- Ray Croc led McDonald’s to mega success, but he first heard about the company at age 52
- Henry Ford was 40 when he launched the Ford Motor Company
- Heard of Moose Tracks ice cream? It’s a product of Wally Blume’s company that he started when he was 57
- My former client Jerry lost 70 pounds when he was almost 50
- Yuichiro Miura climbed to the summit of Mount Everest at 80 years old
- Frank Shearer went water skiing at age 100
- Tao Porchon-Lynch broke her hip at age 87 and at 93 competed in ballroom dancing competitions and taught 12 yoga classes per week
- “The Lord of the Rings” was published by J.R.R. Tolkien when he was 62
- Nola Ochs became a college graduate at age 95 and started writing a book at age 100!
- John Glenn went into space at age 77
- Stan Lee’s first successful comic, The Fantastic Four, was when he was 39
Of course, as a Green Bay Packers fan, I couldn’t talk about playing until the end without including a clip of one of the greatest plays in sports:
The Clock is Not at Zero
You’re alive. You can do what you want in life and you shouldn’t avoid things simply because society says you should.
You want to make a change? It isn’t too late.
You want to do some good in the world? It isn’t too late.
Get moving. Take action. Get started!
The clock is not at zero.