I recently celebrated a milestone birthday. Unfortunately it wasn’t my 21′st or my 30th, but the next big one. I remember a bumper sticker I saw when I was a kid that said “40 isn’t old – if you are a tree”. I really was dreading turning 40. Isn’t 40 too old to be an entrepreneur? Perhaps my children are interested in pursuing my business ideas instead. But then my birthday came and went, and I realised that I still have a lot to offer. I feel like I am only just getting started, and there is no stopping me. Decisions can be made, with enough time to regroup if it turns out to be the wrong decision.There is one woman that I would like to mention that has shown that the sky is the limit. That is Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman in space. This week marks the 50th anniversay for the first woman from Russia to be sent to space on the 16th June 1963 (the USA didn’t send a woman to space until 20 years later). Valentina was a former textile factory worker and was chosen partly because she was an experienced and enthusiastic parachutist.
Valentina spent a total of three days in space which was more than the combined total of all men that were previously sent to space.
Not only did she spend a long time isolated and a long way from home, she had some dramas to deal with. The space shuttle was launched at a dangerous angle, and there were high winds.
Then there was the landing to also consider – The process back in 1963 for landing was to eject and land via parachute, while the shuttle explodes on impact. A daunting prospect to be facing during the whole event.
Suddenly those decisions I make in business don’t seem all that scary.