Baby-faced, inexperienced or too young to know better?

Following on from my last post about being too old, what about those of you who are far too young to do anything of real merit.

If you’ve read any of my work it’s not hard to discover that I’m a big believer in the fact that you can never be too young to have a go at something.

At 21, if I’d listened to the people who told me I was too young to start my first real estate agency, who knows where I’d be now.

At age seven, do you think Mozart fully grasped how amazing it was that he was writing his first symphony? Doesn’t matter – he did, he didn’t ponder his young age.

Shane Gould (superstar and Tasmanian resident) was only 16 when she won three Olympic gold medals and I doubt she gave a hoot about those who said it wasn’t possible.

A 17-year-old Joan of Arc led an army to defend her country. Do you think she had time to waste considering whether the army she was meeting would worry about her baby face?

At just 15, LeAnn Rimes won two Grammy awards.

And anyone who’s ever eaten a sumptuous Mrs Fields cookie might be surprised to know that Debbie Fields was just 20 when she started the company.

The old man on our list today at 21 is Fred De-Luca, who co-founded a little sandwich company with just $1,000 in his bank account – you might know of Subway?

For a great list of other inspiring youngsters check out Bradley Will’s blog.

So, instead of asking yourself whether you’re the “right” age to be doing something, how about just asking yourself if your idea is good enough? Are you determined enough? Will you pursue it hard enough? Do you have the right talents on board?

Are you ready?

Kirsty Dunphey is the youngest ever Australian Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year, author of two books (her latest release is Retired at 27, If I Can do it Anyone Can) and a passionate entrepreneur who started her first business at age 15 and opened her own real estate agency at 21. Now Kirsty does lots of fun things which you can read about here. Her favourite current projects are Elephant Property, a boutique property management agency, Baby Teresa, a baby clothing line that donates an outfit to a baby in need for each one they sell andReallySold, which helps real estate agents stop writing boring, uninteresting ads.


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