Never Too Old to be a Super Star

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GuitaristThink you have mastered all that you are able to master and that life and learning are about to pass you by? Has your dream of challenging Eric Clapton to a little strumming vanished? Think that you are too old to pick up the violin?

There is hope!

Many adults consider themselves over-the-hill and not likely to learn new skills after a certain age. The good news and bad news:

It’s just not true!

In a study of budding musicians, researchers discovered that perception of self as a musician was a better predictor of learning and success with an instrument than amount of practice. See the details: Causing Cognition – Getting Great!

You might want to fantasize about becoming a world class guitarist now. Go do it.

Image courtesy of Kevin Dooley

Published bykatemckeon

You can try anything one time in Texas . . . after that we may shoot you. -Kate McKeon


  • Keri Eagan

    September 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm Reply

    I always enjoy learning new ways of absorbing information. Basically for whatever I’m learning I imagine I’ve already there and using it to perfection. Thanks for your great post Kate!

    Keri Eagan
    Anything Alternative

  • Vicki

    September 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm Reply

    I don’t think I’ll ever be to old to try new things. It is the “I can’t” symdrome. It not that we can’t it is that we won’t. And I can’t keeps us safe and as long as we are safe nothing can hurt us. That is fear. As long as we have fear we will say I can’t.


  • Steve Chambers

    September 16, 2009 at 1:42 am Reply

    The only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves. The mind is a powerful machine for good and for bad. I’ve often wondered why people who have cancer, before they know about it are doing fine. But then when they find out they rapidly deteriorate.

    It’s all in the mind. We all have a certain age we consider over the hill. When we hit this age we tell ourselves, either consciously, unconsciously or both, that we are winding down towards the grave. Just like with the cancer example we do it to ourselves.

    Learn to fly.

    Learn Chinese…Mandarin is probably more useful than Cantonese.

    Stay active.

    Your as capable as you allow yourself to be.

    Steve Chambers
    Business to Business Sales Training Expert

  • Lisa McLellan

    September 14, 2009 at 12:09 am Reply

    I am completely without musical talent but I’ll forward this on to my 40+ friends who like to jam when we all get together!

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services – Babysitters and Nannies

  • Bert Sarkkinen

    September 13, 2009 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Great post!

    I have always believed that you are only as old as you feel.

    Never to late to start.


  • Jennifer Battaglino

    September 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm Reply

    I agree, it’s never too late so any day is a good day to start working towards your dreams and goals.
    Jen Battaglino

    The Harwood Center

  • Greg

    September 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm Reply

    That’s why Rock Band was invented! lol. ~Greg
    Actually, I taught myself to play and sing.. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds

  • Baby Boomer Dating Success Coach

    September 12, 2009 at 8:04 pm Reply

    “Don’t you know that you are a shooting star…”

    Indeed, at my former church in San Francisco were examples from a number of people’s lives where men and women in their 80s and 90s were signing up at university to learn new languages and pursue degrees.


    because I want to learn it was their marvelous answer.

    Life is a life long university and opportunity to be a ROCK STAR!

    Rock on!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

  • katemckeon

    September 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Hey Rob, I’m in process on my pilot’s license too! Great fun. I have loads of advice on getting started with flying. Give a shout if you want an earful.


  • Rob Northrup

    September 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm Reply

    I took up sailing and scuba diving both at the age of 42.

    I highly recommend both pursuits.

    Next I want to learn to fly a plane.

    Seize the Day,
    Emergency Preparedness For the 21st Century Family

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