Fruitful Years beyond Forty

I came across an interesting observation that was presented in a book that I’m currently reading. This was something closely related to my previous entry.

In his book Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, he stated:

“Seldom does an individual enter upon highly creative effort in any field or endeavor before the age of forty. The average man reaches the period of his greatest capacity to create between forty and sixty.”

Napoleon’s reason for his statement is from the analysis of more than 25,000 people who had succeeded in an outstanding way. And the results showed that they rarely do so before the age of forty.

He explains that people do not strike their real pace until they are well beyond the age of forty to fifty. At that phase, it is where they’ve learned to harness their knowledge and experience.

What about those who do not succeed even beyond forty? I think that’s where we get the term- mid-life crisis which happens to middle-aged people.

I’m definitely inclined towards agreeing with the author, but with us now in the Internet Age, free access to almost unlimited knowledge can help accelerate the growth development of people.

At the same time, I’m also encouraged by this and can look forward in approaching that age with hope and anticipation. That’s because I can expect to reap a harvest (by His grace) from the decisions, choices and commitments that I’m embarking today.