As one advances into later years it is remarkable how views are changed and priorities are reclassified. I would like to say that individuals become more sensible but I’m not sure that is the case. There are lots of features brought on with advancing years such as ‘the noise’ which happens every time you sit down or get up. You also find that hair stops growing on your head, but grows EVERYWHERE else. I can now plait my nasal hair and left unattended my eyebrows look like small hedges.
However, what also come with age is experience and that, I would suggest, is the golden prize. Experience takes many forms. It can help in the management of difficult circumstances, it can be used to reflect on lesson learned in the past and in taking a measured view on challenges ahead. Experience teaches you to accept knocks and come back even stronger; it teaches you to appreciate differing views without rancour or distrust and it teaches you to prioritise things that really count amongst as myriad of false idols.
None of this means that learning stops or that new ideas cannot make a huge difference. In fact, experience teaches the benefits of keeping an open mind and assessing issues on their merit.
So when I am asked to justify the charges I make for my services I would suggest that it is not just the time expended on the project in question, but the 40 years of experience gained in getting to this point.
Good value, I’m sure you would agree?