Not a Dang Thing! Success is about attitude…
It’s about drive, determination, vision, and perseverance. Everybody knows that 60 is the new 40. These so called Baby Boomers aren’t going down easy. I know because I’m one of them and I know that my generation still has a heck of a lot to contribute. So, I hope you will humbly accept my contribution on this subject of success after 40.
I did a little research and I’m going to present 10 very interesting people that found their success after the age of 40.
Baby Boomers would fall into this category, but so would quite a few of generation Xer’s.
Just to be clear:
Baby Boomers were born between 1946 – 1964,
placing them in the age range of 50 to 68 years old.
Gen X-er’s were born between 1964 – 1981, placing them in the 33 to 50 age range.
So, you see we really have No Reason to give up on our Dreams and settle for a life that doesn’t bring us Joy.
Many of these people listed below overcame tragedy and their own personal demons and came out on top. They found their Inner Champion and they persevered through the struggles and hardship.
They found their own personal version of Success. You Can Too!
We all have stories. The stories are still in process. It’s up to us to bring about the happily ever after.
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson has starred in over 100 movies and most of them have been after the actor hit the age of 40. Jackson, who was a former crack addict in real life, has gone on to star in both blockbuster hits as well as independent films, a great feat especially since he overcame a stuttering problem in his childhood.
Betty White has been around forever. But it was her character on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as man-hungry happy homemaker Sue Ann Nivens that took her career to new heights. White, who was 51 at the time she joined the show, won back-to-back Emmys for her role as Nivens. White then became a recurring character on “Mama’s Family” before her iconic role as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.” Still finding work, White stars in “Hot In Cleveland” and hosts her own show “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.”
One of the oldest success stories is the owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Harlan David Sanders, well known as Colonel Sanders. He was 65 years old when he started Kentucy Fried Chicken. When he turned 40 years old, he started a service station and sold chicken dinners to his patrons. Over a number of years he developing the way he pressure fried the chicken. As the demand for his special chicken grew, he opened a restaurant. Sanders decided to franchise his business and Kentucky Fried Chicken was born.
McDonalds was started by Ray Kroc, when most people his age were retiring. Ray Kroc was 52 years old in 1954. He was a milk shake machine salesman. One day he happened on a hamburger stand in San Bernandino, California and instead of selling the McDonald brothers his machine, he bought the business the rest is one of the greatest success stories. Ray Kroc became a pioneer in the fast food industry. He started a uniform system of production for the hamburgers, milk shakes, and french fries, so that the food tasted the same in each of the franchises throughout the country and eventually the world.
became the oldest elected president of South Africa in 1994, when he was 74 years old. Prior to this, he was imprisoned for life, anti-apartheid activity.
He was released after 27 years in 1990, and led his party towards a multi-racial democracy.
Morgan Freeman earned an Oscar nomination for the 1988 film Driving Miss Daisy at the age of 52. Playing every character from God to an assassin, the Lean On Me star has earned a total of six nominations while taking home an Academy Award for the 2005 movie Million Dollar Baby.
Steven Seagal fell in love with martial arts at an early age and moved to Japan to further his training. The action hero opened up his own dojo in the U.S. and actually began his acting career as a favor to one of his students by starring in Above the Law. A few years later, Under Siege became a box-office hit and Seagal was christened the next action hero at the age of 40.
During the Civil War, wounded soldiers were often treated with morphine. But a Georgian pharmacist and physician named John Stith Pemberton had something better: Pemberton’s French Wine Coca.
When Atlanta passed new temperance legislation, the 55-year-old was forced to reformulate his beverage. With help from his son, he replaced the wine with sugar, forming the Coca-Cola Company.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” may be some of the world’s most beloved children’s books, but she was no spring chicken when she sat down to write them. Wilder didn’t publish her first novel until she was 65 years old, but she still managed to crank out one of the most beloved series of all time.
I’m hoping that that little bit of encouragement will help put an end to all of our excuses…
Are you ready to begin your happily ever after? I wouldn’t wait another minute if I was you.
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Like I said at the top, age has nothing to do with your success.
Let’s do this together to be sure we…