More than a 1/3rd of Frank Lloyd Wrights work…

was done in the last nine years of his life. That’s significant given his career spanned 7 decades.

That means that in his 80’s he was doing producing at least twice the amount of work as in his 20’s. For people doing work that matters, this is the natural progression of things. It takes time, decades, to reach the top of a field, let’s say 60 years old or so. At that point, it’s a time to choose, do you retire, or do you start doing the work you always wanted to do now that you’ve built your reputation. In Wright’s case, that was another 25-30 years of work that accelerated in volume.

Most people will never even see this as an option for a few reasons:

  • They’ve never found anything they actually care about that much.
  • They never consistently stuck to anything for decades.
  • They don’t have the fortitude to think about working past the point they don’t have to.
  • They may not take good enough care of themselves to stay healthy that long.

When I reflect on this, it makes me excited. It shifts my focus from running out of time, to still walking to the starting line. One feels infinitely better than the other, do you know which one feels good?