Not Too Late at 58 – To write your first novel

Hello everyone

I am back after a cold/flu-ridden December/January AND jury service in the middle of it all! Hey ho – they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

So today I am working on an overview mind-map of Not Too Late at 58 – To write your first novel. This is how it looks at the moment…













Anyone interested? I did it, and have sold over 5000 copies of Judith wants to be your friend

I’m thinking weekend workshops in the beautiful Lake District : )

Statistics and damned…good stories

As well as anecdotal evidence of people aged 50+ doing amazing things, there is also statistical evidence to support the fact that those of us ‘of a certain age’ aren’t ready to put our feet up and take it easy.

If you live in the UK, you will know (even if you don’t watch it) that Debbie McGee is currently SMASHING IT on Strictly Come Dancing.

Also, last week, I caught the ‘Top Tenuous’ on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 which was about stuff people are doing aged 58 or over. They included a lot of sporty stuff, though not all:

  • Tracey about to complete a duathlon
  • Debbie who has taken up open-water skiing
  • Zyla’s mum who has started a law degree
  • Mandy’s husband who completed the London Marathon with his daughters
  • Heather and Nancy who are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats
  • Alex who completed the Coast-to-Coast cycle trip, has parachuted and has done white-water rafting

As part of my ‘day job’ I am an advisor for the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Business Start-Up Programme and I see lots of people aged 50+ who want to, and do, start their own businesses.

Now Barclays Bank has reported an amazing trend in England and Wales over the last decade:

  • The number of businesses run by the over-55s has increased by 63%
  • The fastest-growing age group of business owners is the over-65s, an increase of 140%

The business sectors with the highest growth of business owners aged 55+ (from 2006 to 2016) are:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Professional
  • Real estate
  • Arts, recreation and culture

Barclays have even brought in Liz Earle, MBE to help them better support the needs of the more mature entrepreneur market.


The on-line course Not Too Late at 58 – Is NOW the right time for YOU? doesn’t have to be about massive sporting achievements, or writing novels, or starting your own business, although it could well be.


It’s about you NOT having that big regret later


It’s about you thinking through whether NOW is the time for you to make it happen for YOU. While there is still time.


BTW for a FREE SAMPLE from the course Not Too Late at 58 – Is NOW the right time for YOU? please CLICK HERE

No obligation – just give it (an me) a try!


See you there.



The ‘change equation’ to help you decide





Making the decision to follow your dream while there is still time involves CHANGE.

Most people believe that they don’t mind change, they even quite like it, but they don’t like being forced to change. Even so, it’s still hard to make it happen if you’ve been in the same routine for a long time.

Let me show you the Change Equation otherwise known as The Beckhard-Harris Change Model.


It goes like this D x V x F > R

D = DISSATISFACTION with the current state

V = VISION of how you would prefer things to be

F = FIRST STEPS you take to move to what you want


On a scale of 1 – 10 how dissatisfied are you with things now?

On a scale of 1 – 10 how clearly can you visualise having achieved what you want to achieve?

On a scale of 1 – 10 how committed are you to taking the first steps to achieve it?


Take these three figures and multiply them. Of course, if any of them are zero the answer is zero and will not be greater than R which is the RESISTANCE to the proposed change. D x V x F needs to be greater than R for the change to happen at all.


I think it is more difficult to score resistance. This model is used in business to help staff adapt to change but it is equally true of personal situations. Some factors causing resistance might be:

  • Thinking you will upset those around you
  • Scared to invest money in a new venture in case it doesn’t work out
  • Scared to ‘put yourself out there’ and be judged in some way (like me publishing Judith want to be your friend)
  • Believing you haven’t got the energy any more
  • Believing you’re not clever or skilled enough

Only you know what might be holding you back.


So, is NOW the right time for YOU?


My new pared-back on-line programme will be coming out soon. It’s called Not Too Late at 58 – Is NOW the right time for YOU? and will be only £47.


It might be the best £47 you spend

– either to help you make the best decision to change

– or to stop you making a huge mistake by jumping straight in


Click here for more information about the programme. 

7 reasons to start a business NOW

7 reasons why it’s EASIER to start your own business at 58 (or some age around there)


1. You know a lot more stuff than when you were younger.

2. You more people who know more stuff than they used to.



3. You are less concerned about ‘how it will look’ if it doesn’t work out.

4. You (probably) have more money to spare to invest in your new venture.


5. You need a distraction now that your children have flown the nest.

6. You can also take over one of their bedrooms as your office.






7. You have increased motivation to DO IT NOW – while there is still time.


Crisis, what mid-life crisis?

The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary defines mid-life crisis as:

‘A period of emotional turmoil in middle age characterized especially by a strong desire for change.’

Well, that doesn’t seem too bad to me. I like change (as long as I’m initiating it) and there is turmoil everywhere in life. I will admit that the CAUSES of the mid-life crisis are sometimes out of our control but we can choose how we respond to them.

Some physical things simply need to be addressed:

  • If your eyesight is failing, get glasses or lenses or laser eye surgery
  • If your hearing is going, get a discreet hearing aid
  • If your back is dodgy, get a car that you don’t need to crawl in and out of


Some physical things you can choose to embrace:

  • Hair loss, for example, a lot of young men choose to shave their heads
  • Grey/white hair can be very attractive in older men and women (or just dye it if you don’t like it!)

Some causes are more tricky to deal with:

  •  Children leaving home can be very difficult, but think of your new freedom
  •  Redundancy at work can be devastating, but while there’s time, you could think about trying something completely different


One of the biggest regrets of people of ‘a certain age’ is not achieving, or at least having a go achieving, long-held life ambitions.


Middle age is that time of life when we hear two voices calling us.

One saying, “Why not?”

And the other, “Why bother?”

Sydney J. Harris, American journalist (1917-1986)


Having reached that time myself, I went down the ‘Why not?’ route and haven’t regretted it yet.

Aged 58 I decided to publish my novel, Judith wants to be your friend.

And that led to my latest venture – helping other people of ‘a certain age’ to realise their dreams.


What might you regret not having done?

Blurb for the back of the book

Hello everyone

I’ve been writing the blurb for the back cover of Not Too Late at 58.

I would love to know what you think.

  • Would it interest you?
  • Do you know someone who might be interested ‘while there’s still time’?


Have you reached ‘that certain age’?

If so, this book can help you decide whether NOW is the right time for YOU to get on and do that thing you’ve always wanted to do.

Annie Weir shares some inspirational real-life examples of people who have achieved things a lot later in life than they’d planned.

Mixed in with that are:

  • thought-provoking questions to help you visualise your dream coming true
  • activities to help you see how great and how capable you really are
  • decision-making tips so you know you’re doing the right thing
  • easy-to-follow action planning to help you move forward steadily
  • motivational techniques to help you when the going gets tough

Annie shares her own experience of achieving her dream ‘while there’s still time’.

She says, ‘I couldn’t bear the thought of drawing my last breath never having finished my novel. At the age of 59, I finally published it!’

You can achieve your dream too, whatever it is.

More about what it’s all about

Hello again


I promised you more detail about Not Too Late at 58 – Is NOW the right time for YOU?  The course is made up of six modules, one each week.


Module 1 – Digging up and ditching the bad stuff. We’ll banish the unhelpful voices, thoughts and beliefs and expose them to the light of day. By the end you will be able to consign the bad things from the past to where they belong – in the past. You will feel liberated.


Module 2 – Delighting in the good stuff. We’ll take time to highlight your strengths and previous wins. You will see how you can use your strengths, and the strengths other people think you’ve got, to achieve your DREAM. You will feel so good about yourself.


Module 3 – Recognising where you are now and recognising yourself. This is when you identify how satisfied you are with life now, and using your strengths, your passions and your values to move forward. You will feel empowered to make the changes you want in your life.


Module 4 – Evaluating your options. This module will give you clarity about the ways in which you can realise your DREAM. It will also help you identify who else may be affected by your plans so you can get them on-side. You will feel sure you are taking the right path.


Module 5 – Action planning. Rather than launch straight in to something new, it’s good to sort out the steps you need to take to make it work. Visualising your dream can really help with this too. You will feel confident that the steps you take are moving you closer to your dream.


Module 6 – Making it happen with motivation. We start a new project with great motivation, don’t we? But that can wane quite quickly especially if you are working on it by yourself. This module will help you identify the things that keep you going when the going gets tough. You will feel energised as you start to make your dream a reality.

Click the link below to register.


The course is now open for registration.


Please share this with your friends and colleague on Facebook and Twitter. It would be great to have them along too.

A taste of what’s to come

Hello everyone

The next course of Not Too Late at 58 – Is NOW the right time for YOU?  is coming soon.
I’ll be opening the registration in a few days.

The course takes you through a series of six steps to help you decide whether NOW is the right time for YOU to get on and achieve that thing you’ve always wanted to achieve.

It doesn’t have to be writing a book like I did – it could be about changing the direction of your working life (maybe starting your own business), it could be about doing some academic study (like my friend Eric who got his MA and PhD in his 80s), it could be about doing voluntary work overseas, or opening a tea-shop by the sea, or – whatever you’ve been dreaming of all these years.





Before you leap in and commit time, energy and money, think it through properly.

The whole course will be on-line and you can work through it at your own pace. Or you can keep up with the one module per week as it lands in your inbox. The resources are yours to keep for ever, and use over and over again if you need to.

I’ll give you more details in a few days, but just as a taster:

  • The first module will make you feel liberated
  • The second module will make you feel good about yourself
  • The third module will make you feel empowered

Who doesn’t need that (at any age)? And that’s only half of it!

As I say, more details will follow.

ps If you can’t wait to see what else is involved CLICK HERE NOW

Shaping your own future

Hello there

Here’s the download I promised so you can start to think about how much YOU can shape YOUR future. This is an example from the Not Too Late at 58 –  Is NOW the right time for YOU? course which I’ll tell you more about later.


For now, CLICK HERE, and have a go at thinking about how you can shape your own future.


See you soon.


‘The most common way people give their power is by thinking they don’t have any.’
Alice Walker