One of the most common excuses people use to avoid the risk of going for their dream is “I’m too old.” It’s too late for me. I didn’t start soon enough.” Well, it’s not true. – Jack Canfield
Julia Child, one of the most famous chefs in history, didn’t even learn how to cook until she was 40. Also, she didn’t launch The French Chef (famous show) until she was 51.
Susan Boyle, a 48-year-old woman laughed at by the entire audience before skyrocketing onto the international stage by singing Les Miserables on Britain’s Got Talent. She has recorded five albums which have sold over 19 million copies. She has now amassed a net worth of 37$ million USD.
Elizabeth Jolley had her first novel published at the age of 56. Before that, and even in one year, she received 39 rejection letters. However, she finally had 15 novels and four short-story collections published to great success.
In 2007, a 95-year-old woman by the name of Nola Ochs graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Three years later Nola went on to receive her master’s degree, making her the oldest recipient of a master’s degree at the age of 98. On her hundredth birthday, Nola started writing her first book, Nola Remembers.
Leo Plass graduated at 99 years old with an associate’s degree from Eastern Oregon University, setting a world record for the oldest man to get a college degree. It’s clear that it’s never too late to do anything.
And with all these stories, I’ll leave you with one last one by the name of Helen Klein. Let’s just say at the age of 66, she ran five 100-mile mountain trail events within 16 weeks. In 1991, she ran across the state of Colorado in 5 days and 10 hours, setting the world record for the 500k. At the age of 72, she ran 145 miles across the Sahara and also completed the 370-mile Eco-Challenge, in which she rode 36 miles on horseback. The most shocking part of this story is that she never ran before the age of 55.