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  • Writer's pictureJayne McQuillan

The Unseen Wisdom: Lessons Only Age Can Teach

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On my way in to work the other day, the radio DJ posed the question, “What is something you can’t understand until you’re older?” That really got me reflecting on the perspectives and priorities I have today compared to when I was younger.

As an exit planning consultant, seasoned business owner, devoted mother, loving wife, and proud grandmother, my journey through life has unfolded with its share of twists and turns. Each role has contributed its own unique perspective, offering valuable insights into the intricacies of existence. Along the way, I've come to realize that some truths are only revealed with the passage of time. These are the insights that shape our perspectives, transform our priorities, and enrich our lives.

One of the greatest revelations that age brings is the understanding of resilience. In the fast-paced world of business, setbacks are inevitable. As a young entrepreneur, I often found myself shaken by failures and unsure of my ability to bounce back. But with each obstacle overcome, I discovered an inner strength I never knew existed. It's only through the accumulation of experiences, both triumphs and tribulations, that I've truly grasped the essence of resilience. Age has taught me that setbacks are not signals to surrender, but rather opportunities for growth and adaptation. They shape us, reinforcing our resolve and equipping us with the strength to face whatever lies ahead.

Similarly, the value of relationships takes on a deeper meaning as we grow older. In the hustle and bustle of the corporate world, it is easy to prioritize ambition over human connection. However, with age comes the realization that success is not measured solely by professional accomplishments but by the quality of relationships nurtured along the way. Whether it be the unwavering support of family, the camaraderie of colleagues, or the bonds forged with clients, relationships form the foundation upon which businesses thrive. As a mother and grandmother, I have come to cherish the moments spent with loved ones, recognizing them as the true treasures of life. And as an exit planning consultant, I've witnessed firsthand the importance of nurturing connections with clients, peers, and coworkers, not just for the sake of business, but for the richness they bring to our lives as a whole.

Furthermore, age grants us a broader perspective on life's complexities. In our youth, we often view the world through a narrow lens, focusing on immediate gratification and short-term goals. But as we age, our horizons expand, allowing us to see the bigger picture. This newfound perspective enables us to make more informed decisions, grounded in wisdom and foresight. As an exit planning consultant, this panoramic view is invaluable, guiding clients through the complex process of transition with clarity and purpose. It's a reminder that success is not just measured by financial gain, but by the legacy we leave behind and the impact we have on others.

Additionally, age fosters a profound sense of gratitude. In today's hypercompetitive society, it is easy to become disillusioned by the pursuit of success, constantly striving for more without pausing to appreciate the blessings already bestowed upon us. However, as I've grown older, I've learned to cultivate a spirit of gratitude, recognizing the abundance that surrounds me. Whether it be the opportunity to pursue my passions, the love of my family, or the privilege of witnessing my grandson grow, each day is a gift to be cherished. Working with business owners as they plan for exit, I've learned to recognize the privilege of helping others navigate life's transitions.

What you can't understand until you're older transcends the boundaries of profession and personal roles. It's a tapestry woven with resilience, relationships, perspective, and gratitude – threads that intertwine to form the fabric of a life well-lived. As an exit planning consultant, business owner, mother, wife, and grandmother, I am humbled by the wisdom that comes with age. It's wisdom born of experience, shaped by the triumphs and trials of a life fully lived.

Although none of us can truly understand or appreciate the lessons only age can teach until we’ve grown older, we can all appreciate the relationships we have with loved ones, friends, and colleagues. We can show gratitude every day and realize that each of our journeys is different and unique but embracing the lessons learned is a gift.

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Jayne McQuillan, CPA, MBA, Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) is the owner of Journey Consulting, LLC and author of the bestseller, "The Value Journey: How to Drive Profits, Build Wealth, and Exit Your Business on Your Own Terms."

Our firm is focused on providing business owners and their businesses with strategic planning, exit planning, financial expertise, and organizational improvement. We use a holistic approach within all of our services by aligning leadership with business strategy and outcomes.

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