Are you ever too old to reinvent yourself?
That’s one of the questions I asked Alina Wheeler in our recent podcast interview in advance of CFBC/HOW Design Live…. Before answering, she insisted on defining “old.”
To Alina, you’re old if you are between the ages of 95-100. “If I had a tattoo, it would be the George Eliot quote, ‘It’s never too late to be what you could have been.’”
Reinvention is a process – which she will outline – and it requires flexibility, desire, discipline, and courage. That can be scary.
Before taking that leap into a new future, ask yourself a series of questions, such as:
• Has your day job lost its appeal?
• Are you no longer using the part of your creativity that sets you apart?
• Has the profession changed so much that you don’t want to be part of it anymore?
Ultimately, she says, it’s about a shift in why you get out of bed in the morning and how proud you are to answer the question, “What do you do?”
The reinvention process involves dreaming, imagining, and seeing what’s around you as well as weighing the risks and rewards and being very honest about how risk-averse you are.
In our conversation, she referred to a few examples already, Vanessa Kreckle of Two Paper Dolls and 37Signals (which reinvented itself into Basecamp).
“At the end of the day, it comes down to survival for your soul.”
See Alina at CFBC in Boston, MA - May 12-16, 2014. Early bird rates - extended through April 1st! Use my promo code “ILISE14” for $50 off CFBC or the Big Ticket.
*Illustration by Ian Keith.