Don’t Fool Yourself: Your Best Work Is Still to Come

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It’d be tragic to think that your life’s best work is behind you.

The people that think their best work has already been completed and that nothing greater lies ahead for them stop dreaming, creating and ultimately thriving. A permanent barrier is cast over their lives that will forever limit them from reaching their full potential.

Trust me, I know how hard it can be to actually come to the realization that there is something greater in store for you when you are struggling to even keep your head above water and simply survive.

Whether your business is failing and you are beginning to lose all self-confidence or something occured in your personal life that is carrying over and negatively effecting you in every other area of your life, you have to remind yourself that your life’s best work is still in front of you.

There are also those who have already achieved a great deal of success but feel that their run is coming to an end. Maybe they successfully ran a business for a decade but things are really starting to take a hit and they instantly start to think their best days are long gone. This way of thinking then paralyzes their everyday work. They shut off their ability to tap into their creative sides, they lose sight of why they started their businesses in the first place and ultimately just coast along blindly not knowing where they are headed.

One of the major causes for someone to think that their best is behind them is the excuse, “I am too old.” It’s unbelievable how many men and women just completely stop dreaming and working towards building something bigger just because of their age. Age is just a number and the only limit that number has over your life and potential is the limit that you set in your mind.

Winston Churchill was 65 years old when he became Britain’s prime minister.

Nelson Mandela was 71 years old when he was released from prison. Four years later he was elected president of South Africa.

Frank Lloyd Wright was 91 years old when he completed his work on the Guggenheim Museum.

Henry Ford was 50 years old when he started his first manufacturing assembly line.

Don’t let a number dictate that your best work and life is in the past. Whether you are 20 or 70 years old, the rest of your life is ahead of you, not in back of you. We can’t change one bit of the past, but what we can do is create the future and build something extraordinary. Don’t let what has happened in your past, whether it’s pain, misery or even at one point massive success dictate what’s in store for the future or what you are capable of.

Understanding this simple concept that the rest of your life is in front of you will have you stretching, growing and expanding to new heights of success and happiness as time goes on. Knowing that your life’s best work is still to come is such an amazing feeling. Your future is bigger than your past.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

20 Phenomenal Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela quotes

With the recent passing of the self-less and phenomenal leader Nelson Mandela, I thought it was only right to gather some of his amazing words and share them.

Very few people have had such an impact on the world as Nelson Mandela did. When looking back on the remarkable life he lived, it’s very easy to see what an incredible man he was. His legacy will forever stay alive.

Here are 20 phenomenal Nelson Mandela quotes:

1. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

2. Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

3. There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

4. Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.

5. I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.

6. Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.

7. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

8. It always seems impossible until it’s done.

9. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

10. I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.

11. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

12. Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.

13. If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

14. It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

15. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

16. There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.

17. Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?

18. We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

19. There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.

20. Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.