Last night I ran hard. As I was finishing and heading to the car, it occurred to me that I will probably never run faster. It was not because I ran all that fast. It was because my best days physically are long gone.
But my days are not gone. And so, I run.
I hope my best days as a runner are still ahead of me. I still have big goals.
In fact, I hope my best days in every area of my life are still ahead.
Often I see people rush from stage to stage of their lives, hoping to arrive at some mythical place where they can sit back and take it easy.
Give me just the opposite. I want to go down swinging. Attempting to contribute.
Leadership expert, Peter Drucker, serves as an inspiration. He once said in a lecture, “Every three or four years I pick a new subject,” he explained. “It may be Japanese art; it may be economics. Three years of study are by no means enough to master a subject but they are enough to understand it”
Drucker eventually ran out of time, but not until he wrote 39 books. Incredibly, 26 of them were not published until after Drucker turned sixty-five years old.
Give me some of that!
Sustainability is a buzzword these days. Drucker modeled sustainability long before it was popular to talk about it.
If you want to go the distance, learn from Drucker.
Here are some things to consider:
- Read great books
- Learn new subjects
- Listen to those who are older
- Listen to those who are younger
- Embrace technology
- Do what you love to do
Your best days are still ahead if you choose for them to be.
What else would you add to the list?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.