The Grandma Moses of Startups?
January 30, 2013 7:06 AM Subscribe
I'm pushing 50, but I still have urges. Entrepreneurial urges. Ideas for products. Cool websites. Apps. Little businesses. Stuff that makes some money.
But: Every cool startup I see comes from a 12-year-old. College is middle age. 30 is elder statesman. 40 is dead. I've never done this before. Its scary. Where are my role models? Networks? Inspirations? Mentors? Resources? Snowflakes inside.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy to Work & Money (17 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Here are my specifics, but general responses welcome:
Current situation: Most of my life I've been working for The Man or in some kind of paid job. Laid off last year but doing pretty well consulting on my own. The ideas are a step or three outside of the work I usually do. I know a little programming, design, business. Spouse's income is about half of what we need and provides health insurance, so food's on the table and mortgage gets paid.
Obstacles: Depression. Introverted. Akrasia. Poor time management and executive functioning. Energy level can be medium to low at times. (But see comment on meds below.) These have been issues through my life. Years ago, as a younger man, I tried some things outside of a structured work environment, like freelance writing. It did no go well. Spouse's patience has its limits. Also: Long-term money and financial security. We have decent retirement and savings, but not enough.
Assets: I've never liked working in an office and was really happy to get laid off. Have finally found the right combination of meds and exercise and therapy to keep me moving forward about 75% of the time. Spouse is supportive of something creative and motivating within reasonable limits.
Does it even make sense to try? To rage, rage against the dying of the light, or go quietly into retirement? If so, what resources are there to guide and inspire?