I love the story of James Podsiadly for one reason. He has broken convention and in doing so, will change peoples perception forever.
For the uninitiated, James managed to break into the AFL ranks for the first time at the age of 28. Playing his first game for Geelong in season 2010. In football terms he’s a senior citizen. In fact, most people start retiring around that vintage. But James wasn’t fortunate enough to get picked to play at AFL level at a young age. Geelong is his third club, and he has been starring this year.
He’s proven that age is relative to development.
He’s proven that age is relative to opportunity.
He’s proven that desire can be translated into results.
He’s proven that great work eventually gets noticed.
He’s proven that sometimes people / companies / clubs get it wrong.
He’s proven that staying the course over a a long period is where results live.
So far in the year 2010, he’s the most inspiring person I’ve come across. Before we make an assessment of someone’s worth, we should think of James. He’s also who we should remember when we think of quitting, or we’re overlooked in whatever we are doing.
Startup Blog says: Thankyou James.
Here’s a quote for Warren Buffett - who has been consistently among the few richest people in the world for the past 20 years or so.
“To invest successfully over a lifetime does not require a stratospheric IQ, unusual insights, or inside information. What’s needed is sound intellectual framework for making decisions and to keep emotions from eroding that framework.”
Firstly let’s define investing as something which we we see as worth putting a consistent effort into to achieve a long term result.
So it is fair to say we invest in many things such as family, health, finances and business ideas. The key interpretation from the above quote is that it’s not about being an intellectual guru, rather our success will be a function of having a robust framework to work towards. That this information is available to everyone, and if we have to the discipline to stick to it our investments will yield results far beyond our expectation.