Old Dog, New Tricks

Whoever came up with the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” was full of bologna. You can teach an old dog new tricks. More to the point, you can learn a new skill and it doesn’t matter how old you are or where you are at in life.

Getting older doesn’t make you any less teachable. It just makes you more stubborn. I don’t care what anyone says, stubbornness is still a choice. Stubbornness is a choice and an excuse and excuses are off ramps to nowhere.

What I see all too often, working with small business owners and entrepreneurs, is fear masquerading as stubbornness. And that stubbornness is masquerading as a legitimate reason to not do something, not learn something, not fix something, or not change something. In fact, the older a person is, the more entrenched the fear and stubbornness.

Starting a business or making the first prototype of a product were choices that required courage. Use that same courage to beat your stubbornness.

“Fear defeats more people than any one thing in the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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