Does age matter?

Yes, if you’re a young professional kicking butt in business.

Age is a funny thing. It can sneak up on you quietly or it can fall on you like a ton of bricks. Think of the many expressions that apply to age: You’re only as old as you feel. Age is just a number. Age is a case of mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Making your way in the business world used to mean biding your time, slowly climbing the corporate ladder and watching your youth fade, or maybe waiting years to save enough money to break out on your own. Not so today.

About four years ago, our former Lake Business Magazine compiled “30 Under 30” profiles of successful young business professionals. This month, Lake & Sumter Style presents “40 Under 40,” so, I guess 40 is the new 30. (In the distant future, look for our special 80 Over 80 feature. Just kidding). This time around, we cast a wider net to feature more businessmen and women in diverse fields. It’s a feature that means a little more to me because I can relate to these people. They are go-getters who have started their own companies, risen to the top of their professions or carved out unique niches in business that no one else thought of before.

Newborn projects are the focus of “What’s New,” a yearly feature of ours that presents a rundown of new municipal projects and commercial developments in our communities. Anyone who doesn’t know that Lake and Sumter counties are booming with growth must be living in a swamp. Retail, housing, recreational and health-care projects are opening soon or on the drawing boards across the region.

We also bring you a fascinating, locally produced web series, “Cracked Mirrors,” which examines social issues; a delicious meal at Chop House in The Villages; and a trip to a winemaker at a Sorrento strawberry field.

Eat, drink and be merry,

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