Contributed by Rachel Stever, There are hundreds of “30 under 30” lists out there. Music, finance, realtors, photographers, it seems like if you haven’t made it by age 30 you’re out of luck. Even Albert Einstein said “A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so.”
Luckily for me I’m not a physicist. And luckily for physicists, Einstein’s claim is no longer accurate. We don’t hear as much about older geniuses and entrepreneurs. They make movies about the guys who invent new technologies in their dorm rooms and become millionaires seemingly overnight. No one has made a movie about a lawyer who started writing novels in his thirty’s and received dozens of rejections before publishing anything. Of course, Mr. Grisham is doing ok for himself now and maybe I’m the only one who thinks the story of how he became a famous writer is just as interesting as any of his books.
Anna Vital recently put together an interesting infographic for the blog Funders and Founders that shows about a dozen successful entrepreneurs and investors who didn’t find their success until age 35 or later. And age 48 seems to be the magic number for physicists nowadays. But what about people who are not looking to be a bestselling novelist or change the face of science? At age 30 we still have another 30-40 working years ahead of us. And if you haven’t found your name on one of those 30 under 30 lists, what is your best path for finding success in your career?
Everyone has a different idea of success. For some it’s a certain car or a house in a certain neighborhood. For other’s its being able to put their children through college. My grandmother has spent most of her life working as a secretary. She sees success in the children she raised while working and the grandchildren she loves to spoil. My parents have had three careers each, none of them connected to what they studied in college, and see their success in the comfortable retirement they are settling into.
It can be hard to see through to the endgame when you’re still in the middle. And making a change can be uncomfortable. You may have seen the recent news about some changes in our Investment Department here at KeatsConnelly. Our former Investment Officer, Peter Eickelberg, has moved on to a new opportunity, as has our portfolio manager, Drew Phillips. We wish them success and happiness in their new roles and welcome our new team members. John Rice, who has been with KeatsConnelly for many years, is returning to a role as Chief Investment Officer and we have a new face joining us here, Trevor Moore.
I’m not quite sure what success looks like for me yet. I think I am on the right path and hope that someday all my work and planning will have paid off and I can say that I have lived a successful life. I think most people want that.