“Many die at 25, but are only buried at 75.”
Benjamin Franklin noticed how many of his friends and acquaintances stopped developing relatively early. Mid-twenties – most of them were already over. But why is that and do we really want it?
The quote from Benjamin Franklin mentioned in the title came to my fingers while reading the other day. For some reason it shouldn’t let me go since then. Did the good Franklin already know about the problem that many people stop any mental development relatively early?
In psychology it has been said for some time that the character of a person at 30 is largely so pronounced that he will not change much anymore. But that is not what Franklin means here.
There is much more behind his provocative statement. Many of us go to school, do an apprenticeship or study and at the latest when it comes to work it is often with determination and all the dreams we once had.
How many former school friends do you know who – if you meet them again after 10-15 years – have not or hardly developed at all?
Who are still at the same point as they were then? I personally find such encounters always quite frightening.
There are so many people out there who complain about their lives every day, but haven’t done anything for themselves since their apprenticeship 10 years ago.
They have since invested more money in cocktails than in their education and have not read a book since school. Who no longer have professional, sporting or character goals. People who just stopped inside.
So that we do not get ourselves wrong: Those who are happy with everything should continue as before. But shouldn’t we sometimes remember that we only have one life and should use it in all possible ways?
“Anyone who stops pursuing goals literally commits spiritual suicide.” (Les Brown)
I still take the firm view that everyone (including you) can achieve everything they can, if they want.
So just think about how you are doing. Has development in all areas of your business gone up in recent years or did you stop growing many years ago?
A few weeks ago I talked to a high school principal about why we do sports. He said that he needed it “to feel that he was still alive”. A statement that I found quite fascinating.
Are you still alive?
Ask yourself whether you are really still alive or just trudging through life. Whether you really still fight your life with energy and drive, or whether you now only live for Fridays and vacations.
If the latter is the case, you should probably think urgently about changing something and bringing momentum back into your life. Educate yourself, set sporting ambitious goals , my God, do something with your life !
Psychology claims that our character development is largely set in stone at the age of 30. Benjamin Franklin goes one step further and says that many of us mentally die at the age of 25 and then only vegetate until we retire.
If we look at reality, it is not that far-fetched. Many stop setting new goals or pursuing their previous ones relatively early, so that at some point they will only live the same day every day.
Therefore, always be aware that you only have one life and that you need goals so that you don’t rust. You can achieve anything if you just want to and work on it every day.
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