Many people make the assumption that it’s too late in life to make a change and chase their dreams. Today’s guest will show you why it’s NEVER too late to pivot from one path to find joy and fulfillment on another.
Randy Wilburn is an entrepreneur and serial podcaster. He currently helps design professionals become better leaders, better communicators, and better people.
Do you love to learn? This is one of Randy’s most fascinating traits, and it’s a healthy one for anyone to have. He explains that he’s always been wired to search for more information and knowledge. He was raised by his grandparents after his parents divorced. It was Randy’s grandfather who taught him to take in the rich knowledge available in books and to make books his friends. When he moved into his grandfather’s office/library, his bed literally faced a library wall of books that he can still envision today. Randy’s grandfather was a news reporter who instilled in Randy the love of reading and consuming information through newspapers.
TWEET: We’re all works in progress until we die. @randywilburn #chasingdreams
Embrace the journey
Do you value your journey through life? Randy has a strong mindset about life and gives advice to others who face doubt, failure, and negativity. He says that the second half can be better than the first half. You can preserve your health and wellbeing into your later years, and you don’t have to give in to disappointment and failure. “Your life is a body of work, and as long as you’re still breathing, then your story is still being written.” Randy cites Harlan Sanders, Ray Kroc, and Sam Walton as examples of people in mid-life who achieved success after multiple failures.
TWEET: “Your second half can be better than your first half.” @randywilburn #chasingdreams
It’s NOT too late!
Have you given up because you think it’s too late to make a change and chase your dream? Randy uses the accounting term “sunk cost” to explain the amount of time you put into a cause., Sometimes you have to make a decision about what’s best for you and realize that it’s OK to pivot. When something you’ve tried isn’t working, you may need to go in a different direction--no matter what your age. It’s difficult to give up something we held dear for a long time because there is something else out there that will be greater.
TWEET: “Many people have been able to course-correct and find their true north in the process of developing into who they really are.” @randywilburn #chasingdreams
Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser to take—”Wake up and find an hour for yourself every morning. Figure out affirmations that work for you. Be with your thoughts and reset yourself for the new day.”
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE:
[:25] Get to know Randy
[10:45] Why Randy is committed to always learning
[14:15] Young Randy’s dreams
[18:00] Why Randy wouldn’t change anything in his past
[21:03] The importance of the journey
[29:20] Don’t chase someone else’s dream
[32:26] It’s NOT too late for you
[36:45] How reading can help you realize you are not alone