PM Quote of the Day — George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been. 

What if you haven’t started college and you’re about to turn 30?  When you’re 34 will you be happier with a degree or without one (and still saying you’re too old to get one)?

What if you don’t make VP by the time you’re 40?  Does that mean you’re washed up?  What will you do with the rest of your life?

We set — or accept the imposition of — arbitrary milestones for success so early in our lives.  But do so they make any sense at all, especially considering that many of us will live well into our 80s?  Perhaps our greatest achievements are far ahead in our futures…

  • George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer to win the heavyweight championship AND introduced the George Foreman Grill at age 45.
  • Ray Kroc didn’t start the McDonald’s that we know today until he was 53.
  • Satchel Paige pitched three shutout innings in the major leagues at age 59.
  • Michelangelo was over 70 when he finished the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. 
  • Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until her 70s.  
  • Goethe was over 80 when he finished Faust. 

Why stress makes you get sick and die

OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, but it is the bottom line of this UCLA study (here).  As the story’s title suggests, such results suggest that the mind-body connection is real, down to the cellular level.  From one the study’s authors:

“When the body is under stress, it boosts production of cortisol to support a “fight or flight” response,” explains Effros. “If the hormone remains elevated in the bloodstream for long periods of time, though, it wears down the immune system.”

Some studies that suggest that short-term stress is actually beneficial (here, I can’t put my hands on the study I had in mind).  The real culprit is long-term or chronic stress, which affects our health in nearly every dimension (here, here, and here).

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