Age is Just a Number

“Oh, but you’re so young.”

“Wait until you’re older!”

“You’re just kids, you wouldn’t understand.”

The hurdle is always there. Unfortunately, there is not really a way around it besides lying or forging your birth certificate. Whenever I, or any other younger folks, want to do something big or unusual, age is always an objection.

You can point out the point obvious counter examples: “What about Mark Zuckerberg? He became a billionaire in his twenties?”

“No, he is different.”

Well, what makes him different? Was there something inherently different about his birth date?


Age Isn’t Everything

People often mistake age for maturity. While there is certainly a correlation, the real objection should not be to someone’s age. Instead, a person’s temperament or ability to handle tough situations among many other things should be considered. For some, this develops quicker than others.

Some young people have the competence and the maturity to do great things, even if that may be unusual for their age. Ultimately, no one has had the same experience in life. Just because someone is unable to picture themselves in that way as a 21 year old does not mean that it is impossible or somehow a bad idea. They are not the same person! Similarly, a 50 year old should not be assumed to be wise just because they are 50 years old. The age assumption is a fallacy.

There is no reason to wait. The time is now to take action. At the very least, it is time to equip yourself with the knowledge to make impact and overcome the age objection with skills, experience, and logic. No one can stop you from learning. Along those same lines, any lack of action in previous years should not dictate your future life.



Just as some people blossom in their forties, fifties, and sixties and make massive impact then, some may take off in their twenties or even their teenage years. The choice is theirs. They do not let age get in their way. Why should you?

Jack Duffley

Jack Duffley is a real estate investor and attorney based in Houston, TX.

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