Life begins at 50

Life begins at 50 - If you want it to

One of my heroes is an adventurer by the name of Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Ranulph is from an aristocratic family in the U.K. and has made a living and raised lots of money for charity from adventure.

The amazing thing about his activities is that he has not stopped and is not stopping. Even today, as he is approaching his mid-seventies, he thrives on adventure planning.

I well remember getting aches and pains when I was in my 40s and it took a personal coach and physio to explain to me that the problem was not medical so much as physical (and mental) conditioning. 

As I embarked on a journey of morphing from a deskaholic to a triathlete, I did notice that the pain from my perceived ailments diminished along the way.

Don’t get me wrong. Like many of you 50 and over, I too have arthritic joints and thankfully we now have options to compare with steroid injections and operations.

The point is some stuff is still medical and needs appropriate attention as such.

But none of that has deterred Sir Ranulph. 

In his early 60s if I recall correctly, he planned  to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. 

The only setback was that four months before, Fiennes suffered a massive heart attack. The resulting recovery included a very complicated, heart bypass surgery. 

His surgeon recommended cancelling the trip. Instead, Fiennes convinced a doctor to run with him.

Fiennes finished every marathon first and then ran back to his colleague to encourage him to the finish.

In much less grand fashion, I (with a huge amount of help from my wife) re-invented my life.

I was able to morph from that desk dweller to an adventurer and started to collect a series of amazing stories from adventures and challenges. Now at 53, I still find myself dreaming of the next adventure.

Fiennes is no different. At 72, he now wants to be the oldest person to climb the highest mountain on the seven continents. It would be no small feat for an extremely young and energetic person.

So frankly, while Fiennes had a long career in adventure, I can tell you from experience that life — business, family, adventure and spiritual — can start in your 50s.


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

His column focuses on ways we can improve on success in our lives. Whether it is business, relationships, or health, Mark has a well-rounded perspective on how to stay focused for growth and development.

His influences come from the various travels he undertakes as an adventurer, philanthropist and keynote speaker. More information can be found on Mark at his website www.markjenningsbates.com

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