There has been lots of chatter in recent months about the supposed age issue in entrepreneurship, the idea that most of the people worth backing are under 35. I’ve laid out my view on that subject already, so I won’t repeat it. I do, however, want to prod people to generally shut up about the age thing.
Case in point: I know too many thirty-something (and younger) venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, media people and others who chatter about their age as if it’s a tangible, manipulable attribute. Similarly, I know many eminence grise in all these areas who do the same thing.
Stop it. Sure, age sometimes can be an asset, and it does go either way now and then, but go easy on it. There are many things in life you are or can be responsible for, but the date of your birth is not one of them. When I meet someone who makes too much of their calendar age, one way or the other, I usually find myself thinking fairly quickly that I’m meeting someone who doesn’t have much of importance that they’ve accomplished on their own to talk about.