I am someone who was taught to respect my elders and show deference to their wisdom. Or rather lived experience. And, as a trainer in the past I most definitely made to sure to acknowledge experience. Thus, what I have to say next has nothing to do with disrespecting experience.
Many people do believe that because they have been doing something for a long time, they know best how to do it. I think we can all agree that is simply not true. Have you seen the TED talk on how we’ve all been tying our shoelaces incorrectly our whole lives? If you haven’t, I recommend watching it. The talk is just about three minutes long.
The same philosophy holds true in regards to perceived and self-ascribed maturity. Many would argue there is a direct relationship and set correlation between age and maturity. However, that is not correct, either. At least not in my book.
You can say you’ve reached a certain level of maturity when you can own your mistakes and own them publicly (visibly). You reach maturity when you stop making excuses. Step up and step in, is how I like to refer to it. Courage may be needed but that is ok.