Steve Jobs once described creativity as “connecting things,” adding “most people don’t have enough dots to connect because they haven’t had many diverse experiences.” That’s certainly not the case for women our age.
If, like me, you consider yourself an entrepreneur, or aspire to be one, you’re not alone. A recent Associated Press survey shows that nearly a quarter of new entrepreneurs are between 55 and 64, and in 2009 there were twice as many entrepreneurs over 50, than there were under the age of 25. Women our age are fueling entrepreneurship.
Which brings me back to Steve Jobs’ description of creativity as a process of connecting the dots. As mid-life women, our wide-ranging experiences have provided us with thousands of accumulated dots. And with all these dots to connect, we have the opportunity to leverage our life experiences and soar, synthesizing what we’ve learned over the years and channeling our dots into successful businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.
My girlfriends are connecting the dots in ways that inspire me every day. Now that we’ve reached our 40s, 50s and 60s, we’re sourcing our diverse work and life experiences to live our dreams and express our passions in ways we weren’t able to when we were younger.
A few of my friends have left corporate jobs and perks to create their own businesses. Others have been entrepreneurs from day one. These resourceful women have brought a lifetime of experience to bear, building a range of ventures from travel businesses, executive search firms, and personal development companies, to lifestyle design businesses and lifestyle stores.
A group of friends have become successful filmmakers, photographers, choreographers and writers. Many of these women juggle multiple projects simultaneously. Very few of us feel completely secure in our ability to retire any time soon. Nonetheless, we’re all passionate about what we do, and proud of our ability to control our own destinies, selling and marketing our products and services and continuing to find new clients and customers. We hope you'll support the women owned businesses in our new Marketplace and we hope you'll create a listing for your own products and services too!