The idea of a change like increasing employee morale will require many of us to step outside of our comfort zones. It will require us to change our routines. After all, if we continue to do what we’ve always done, we’ll continue to get what we’ve always got. And… the excuse for not doing new things like creating energizing openers for daily or weekly meetings will often sound like: “I’m too set in my ways;” “My team will think this upbeat stuff is corny;” or “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” If any of these excuses sound familiar, consider the following:
- Actor George Burns was 80 years old when he won his first Oscar.
- At 58, Doc Counsilman became the oldest person ever to swim the English Channel.
- Golda Meir was 71 years old when she became the Prime Minister of Israel.
- Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel at the age of 71.
- Painter Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until she was 80 years old and completed more than 375 paintings after age 100!