Research shows that many people, even those with seemingly enviable careers, grow dissatisfied in their jobs by their mid 40s.
This “mid-life career crisis” also ends up being connected to general life dissatisfaction.
Studies have shown that if you plot your life satisfaction on a graph, you'll notice that there's high life satisfaction in the first few decades of life, then a gradual dip around the mid 40s, and then that satisfaction increases as we get older.
If you’re approaching your 40s or you’re beyond that age bracket, and you’re feeling unhappy with your current situation — whether that’s the job you're in, or your financial situation…
Know that you are not alone. So many people have felt the way you do.
In fact, I just turned 40 in February, and I’m also feeling that itch to shift my trajectory and do something different with my life.
So, how can you achieve this renewed happiness and energy for life?
One way is by packing up all of the wisdom and intellectual property you’ve gained and created over the years and use it to change your career or industry — or even grow your own business.
Now, you might be saying: “I’m too old to switch careers. I’m definitely too old to go all in on a business. I can’t do that at my age. It’s too late for me. I’m stuck where I am and I’ll just have to ride it out until I retire.”
First of all, how sad does that sound?
You mean to tell me you think something as arbitrary as your age is gonna stop you from creating the life you ACTUALLY want to live? Come on, friend.
That’s your inner imposter syndrome monster holding you back from your greatness.
I’m 40 now, and I’m shifting into new territory in my career.
While I am still a business owner and the head of my company, Hello Seven, I’ve found myself shifting into a more creative space lately. I’m tapping into a whole new side of me that some people would think I’m too old for.
I’m creating podcasts, TV shows, and books. I’m learning more about investing in other small businesses, the stock market, and even art pieces. I’m making more space with my time and my money to give to causes I care about, like The Hello Seven Foundation.
I’m giving myself permission to express my creativity in new ways, because that’s just what I feel like doing right now.
And who knows what I’ll be doing when I’m 50 — you might catch me doing business research, or dedicating my time to a competitive sport, or taking a year to do nothing but travel the world.
Here’s how I see it: We have to make use of the time we have left on this earth. We have to allow ourselves to do the things that make us feel good — whether that’s going for your dream job or hiking to the top of a mountain with a yogi in search of inner peace.
Would I consider myself an expert in shifting careers or making huge life transitions? Absolutely not — I’m still figuring out how to do this while making sure I’m also taking care of my finances.
But let’s do this together. Let’s support each other in this 40+ period of our lives and encourage each other to go out there and do the things that we think only 20-year-olds can do.
Here’s something that gives me a lot of hope:
In We Should All Be Millionaires: The Club, we teach people from all backgrounds, ages, and identities how to build wealth through entrepreneurship.
And we’ve got a whole group of 50+ badasses in The Club who are reinventing their lives, reshaping their careers, and finding their happiness.
Check out some of their stories:
“I’m 61 years old, retired after 30 years as a pharma exec and now I’m starting over - or finally living the dream. I’ve got three new rewarding careers and I’m giving back as a foster mom to babies. Life is good.”
“#CoolAuntie in the house! At #FiftyFineAsWine+2, I'm standing proud & tall in my 30+ years of corporate/entrepreneurial finance experience. Now that I'm an empty-nester, I can focus on my own dreams.”
“My 53rd birthday was last week. I reinvented myself after 30 years in management consulting and customer-centric strategy. I just created my first PowerUp strategy session and VIP day thanks to the inspiration in this group!”
Listen, if you’re contemplating a reinvention of your life, you can absolutely do it no matter what age you are.
Friend, I want you to know that it’s okay to get bored or unsatisfied with where you are.
It is NOT okay to think you have to stay that way forever.
Whatever has been calling you in the last few weeks, months, or years…
Go for it. Apply the skills you already have, learn some new ones, tap into the things you’re naturally good at…
We’re in this together.
You can thank me later when you’re spending your weekends out of the country sipping cocktails on the beach instead of doing paperwork all day.