I just read this Forbes article by Cheryl Conner:
Younger Or Older: Who Makes The Better Entrepreneur?
This is a very interesting article and something that I have been thinking about lately. I have been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, starting my first business at 22 years old. I did not have great success initially, probably due to my youthful cockiness and lack of experience. It has been in my late thirties and early forties that I have finally found the kind of success that makes me happy. I own several businesses that I manage and I don’t actually have to show up every day in order for them to function. I also have a life, spend quality time with my husband and child and take at least 6 weeks of vacation every year. I think that the younger, more technology oriented entrepreneur, can make a lot of money early on, but they may lack the life wisdom to know how to balance out their success. At the “old age” of 44, I have come to the realization that money is not the main marker of my success. It is my ability to control my time and to be able to savor the most important components of life – family, friendships, and contributions to others.