We live in a world that can bend to the celebration of youth. When can even go back to ancient times of the famous wise tale of the fountain youth that if you drink from it, you can stay young forever.
We celebrate the record breaking achievement of the youngest person to accomplish one thing or another.
And so, it creates a silent expectation that if you haven’t done a thing or if your goals have yet actualized at a certain time and/or age in your life, that it’s too late and you might as well give up and choose something that is more “reasonable.”
However, I am here to tell you that is nothing but a number and in fact, some of the world’s most influential and inspiring people are people who received their break or catapulted to success at or well after 30.
Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote "The Cat in the Hat".
Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind.
Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President.
Henry Ford was 45 when the Ford T Model came out and he became one of the richest and one of the most influential Industrialists in American History.
Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote "The Hunger Games.”
J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter.
Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.
Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.
J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out.
Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream."
Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise.
The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight.
Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and 49 years old when he wrote "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became U.S. President, leader of the Free World.
Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics
You see, here are list of some of the worlds leading creators, visionaries and dreamers.
All of them catching their streak of pinnacle success in their rolling 20’s.
While your 20’s are much to be celebrated, so should your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 100’s and beyond! As long as you have breath in your body, your life should be celebrated!
Think of your years as more experience, more resolve, more know how, more understanding of the cycles of life (the good, the bad, the high, the low, the politics, etc.) more wisdom to apply in your life, in the lives of others and in the life of your dreams.
It’s never too late to elevate!
Celebrate your years, celebrate the process, don’t give up and embrace possibilities!
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