This isn’t the first research to show this, but perhaps the latest. Your chances at success in professional life, whether in start-ups or science, or otherwise, is proportional to the number of attempts you put in. That is, the rate is pretty much constant.
What’s not constant is your productivity. As you age, you attempt things less often, like starting new businesses, publishing papers from experiments, etc. If you try less often, given the same rate of success, it’s no wonder it seems you have more breakthroughs and big successes as you age. However, if you could only get yourself back to the same level of productivity you had once, your rates of success will be back to where it used to be!
Listen to the TEDTalk Daily podcast in the tweet below for more specifics. Also note that performance is something measurable. Success, on the other hand, is defined by us. Without us, or if we change what we deem to be success, everything associated with success can change.
If you know of someone from the Baby Boomer generation, or perhaps you are one yourself, and had diaries from your teenage years, ask them to consider this experiment.
Relive the teenage years in those diaries on social media in real time.
Each Wednesday, on my Facebook profile, I use a word I recently learned that I find interesting. For example, today I used
Can one have lethologica over lethologica?
I call it #wordwednesday, the way #throwbackthursday is used as a weekly meme. It shares something anyone could be interested in, or use. It helps me retain a word I want in my vocabulary, even if not used often due to its lack of potential practical uses (as opposed to showing off at parties). It makes for a less mundane status update than the usual daily life thing or news shared by people on newsfeeds.
Seems Dictionary.com already has a #wordwednesday hashtag used for nominating an interesting word once each week. Well, lots of people won’t agree with that. With this, though, you pick your own interesting word and it benefits you for certain.
That’s why I do my version of #wordwednesday.
If you want a resource, there are many, including Pinterest boards on words. Here’s my board on English words, as well as one on non-English words that I wished were available in English. Well, that doesn’t stop me from using them or telling others about them! Just like how English incorporate so many words from so many other languages into English, I just do it informally ahead of the day when I know it will just have to be. 🙂
Give it a try! You can do it on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or any number of other social and less than social media. 🙂