It’s Not Too Late

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I had such an amazing night – a little impromptu date with my son to the movies.  We saw Eddie the Eagle.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must!

It is one of those inspirational movies that leaves you feeling good for days.

Without giving away too much of the story, Eddie started in his chosen sport late in life and had to work hard to achieve excellence.

I was fighting back the tears because it reminded me of my son who started playing baseball late — at 10 yrs. old.  He had to work extra hard to catch up to everyone else.  Now he is the starting pitcher on his high school team and he is on his way to a Division 1 College to play ball.   His dreams have come true!

So many times, I hear people say, “It’s too late, I should have started earlier or it will take too long to get there.”

I say this — The time will pass anyway, so you might as well use the time creating something that lights you up!

We often feel like we have missed the boat.  We see other people ahead of us and our desires seem like a world away.

But the truth is that time has no meaning when we are talking about our life purpose.  Our dreams have no expiration date.

In case you need a little inspiration, here are 14 people who never had real success until after age 40…

Martha Stewart’s success came after age 41 with the publication of her first book, and the launch of Martha Stewart Living seven years later.

Tim and Nina Zagat gave up their legal careers at 42 to write their first restaurant guides.  Now they are part of Google!

After her 40th birthday, Robin Chase was taking time off work to be with her kids when she and a friend came up with the idea for Zipcar.

Harland Sanders was fired from many jobs and was broke at the age of 65.  He started KFC and the rest is history.  

At age 41, Donald Fisher and his wife founded The Gap, which is now a 16 billion a year company.  

After age 50, Ray Kroc bought the first McDonalds.

Sam Walton opened the first Wal Mart Store at age 44.

Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first “Little House” books at age 65. They soon became children’s literary classics, and the basis for TV show “Little House on the Prairie.”

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, began her prolific painting career at 78.  One of her paintings sold for $1.2 million.

Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before she entered the fashion industry at age 40.

Samuel Jackson only had small parts before landing his big role in Jungle Fever at age 43.  

Julia Child wrote her first cookbook at age 50 launching her career as a celebrity chef.  Before that she worked in advertising and media.  

Joyce Meyer started her ministry at age 41.  

Joy Behar of The View was a high school English teacher until the age of 40.

If there is something tugging on your heart, don’t ignore it.   It is there because it is possible.

You may have no idea what you want.  You just know you need to make a change.

You may be involved in something now – a new business, career or project – the clock is ticking and you wonder if you will ever get there.

That little voice in your head will get louder when you are changing your life or pursuing a big goal.  You will fight fear, self-doubt, resistance and you may even feel like giving up.

The secret to pushing through is to embrace the struggle.  Learn from your setbacks and keep moving forward.   Don’t let that little voice in your head win.

Keep reminding yourself that other people have done it, so why not you?

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.   Start now, where you are, with what you have.  Keep taking action and doors will open that will show you the next steps on your journey.

You only have one life…. Make it amazing!

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