Tim Drake co-founded and ran his own successful business, before setting out on new adventures. And he has achieved things along the way – playing rugby for Cambridge, co-founding and running several companies, founding and chairing CEO Think Tanks, and co-founding a couple of charities – but he has always felt he is still just a promising youngster.
He has also had setbacks, and discovered that failing and being a failure are very different attitudes of mind, and make a big difference to one’s sense of self worth.
Now past retirement age, he is busier than ever, writing books, and learning more each day about how the world works. Speaking to audiences around the country, he gets the strong feeling that probably the majority of people – whatever generation they notionally belong to – feel, like him, that they have more to give, and can be better at living their lives.
He is particularly interested in how we can learn from the mindsets of young people, because the young tend to be plugged in more effectively to how society is developing. They are the canaries down the mines, and can lead us to the fresh air of more creativity, more fun, and more fulfilment. They can teach us about socialisation, technology, and approaches to work. Failing to adjust can lead to unnecessary frustration, grumpiness, and a distorted view of how society is developing.
He is now working hard at being a promising oldster.