A Fantastic Voyage to Fifty!

LaQuetta Holyfield Glaze
3 min readJun 18, 2022

Looking over my schedule and planning for the next six months, I realized that my 50th birthday is in exactly 25 weeks! Wow! The countdown begins. 😊

Photo of LaQuetta Holyfield Glaze taken by Faith Glaze

Because the numbers lined up so perfectly (😂), who knew I would discover this on the 25th week before I turned 50 and could present two items per week. How cool is that? Awesomeness!

I have decided to share two tidbits a week starting today about what I have learned in my 40s….things such as wisdom, lessons, and other information that may be helpful.

When I teach and coach others, I often tell people that there are two types of lessons- a taught lesson and a bought lesson. The taught lesson is a lesson where you’ve received and applied information from a mentor, coach, YouTube, or other formal instructional avenues. A bought lesson is the lesson that is learned from making mistakes or an experience that brought some wisdom. You’ve earned that wisdom. These lessons are usually never forgotten, which is why I called them the bought lesson.

The first piece of advice is always to remember that it is never too late to pivot in life. At the beginning of my 40s, I was in the hospital for a chest and lung biopsy, which was supposed to be a routine procedure. However, my lung collapsed, and I ended up staying in the hospital for a week to recover. During that time, I thought about my life, and I was not happy with the current trajectory of my life. I was good at my job, but I was not happy. So, I decided to make a plan and transition out of the government. I still consult and work within the scope of IT, but working within a different aspect of it. The bottom line of this story is never to be afraid of the transition. Make a plan, think it through, and move forward. I find that these days I am much happier with my life; I am more settled, and I have reduced my stress by a 1000%.

The second lesson is to be the CEO of your own life. Understand that you are in charge of your life and career decisions. Any job will assess you and put you where they need you to be. However, their placement may not be what’s best for you, and the placement may limit your capacity for unlocking your greatness. Take ownership of your career; you will not regret it. These decisions cannot be left in the hands of your parents, spouse, manager, pastor, coach…

LaQuetta Holyfield Glaze