Put Some Skin in The Game at Any Age
It was an honor to be a guest at Junior Achievement of South Florida’s 4th Annual Junior Achievement Spark Tank Finale. This event highlighted the top ten high school student-led companies. These amazing students were exhibitors at their own trade show; they presented their businesses to the judges; and they received recognition at the awards ceremony.
I have never felt more proud of or impressed by the young people of our society then I did today. The keynote speaker, Peyton Robertson has five patents, is as sharp as a tack, and presented an eye-opening speech that conveyed business insights I was in complete awe by.
This event brought forward three topics of importance for me:
Age is mind over matter.
Mark Twain once said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” I have been in a supervisory role since I was 18 years old. When you are younger than your staff, you sometimes second-guess your abilities and your competency.
Alternatively, now that I am older, I am embarrassed to admit that we find ourselves questioning the competency of the younger generation. How ironic. How can the young kids of today possibly know anything?
Well, let me tell you, we can learn from everyone, no matter the age. So put that age judgment aside, put that ego aside, and embrace the fact that we all have gifts and talents no matter how long we have been living, young or old.
Put some skin in the game.
This term originally meant in order for one to be successful, he or she should put money in to receive money. This may be true, but what I am referring to is putting yourself out there by taking risks and working hard. This work should be something you enjoy.
These kids at the event showed their risk in the businesses they were running. They have schoolwork, sports, family, and who knows what else going on in their life. They took the risk of starting a business and now can use this wonderful learning experience for the rest of their lives.
This theory applies to all of us. If you want something, it will not happen by not taking action. Skin in the game equals success. Yes, there will be ditches and hills, maybe even huge trenches and mountains along this journey of life, but keep crawling, keep climbing, just keep on.
Step outside your comfort zone.
The biggest thing I see in my coaching practice is people feeling less than accomplished or too afraid to take a leap of faith.
Accomplishment is a state of mind. It is not getting married, having 2.5 kids, having a degree, a house with a white picket fence, and so on. Accomplishment is a feeling of confidence, rather certainty, that you are magnificent just how you are right now.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” This is where you look at your life and ask yourself what makes you happy? If you don’t know, great! You will soon find out. Sit and write for 15 minutes and see what comes up. Once you know, put some skin in the game and step outside your comfort zone. The results will be more than rewarding.
Do YOU and do what you enjoy.