Have you been thinking of starting a new career path or venture, but have doubts that it’s too late? If so, you may be limiting yourself with this belief and possibly blocking yourself from moving forward with your dreams and goals. It’s time to challenge that belief. Success is not reserved only for the young. In fact, there are many advantages of being a late bloomer or blooming again later in life.
Here are some advantages of starting your next endeavor later in life:
- Wisdom – We have the advantage of experience to guide our decisions. We are less likely to make impulsive decisions and more likely to think things through.
- Resilience – We have endured a few bumps and bruises from life and survived. We realize it’s not always going to be smooth sailing, but we will get through it.
- Appreciation – What we appreciate changes as we mature and we have a deeper understanding of what really matters in life.
- Confidence – We have several achievements under our belt and now have many skills and talents to bring to the table.
- Self-Awareness – We are more in tune with what we like and don’t like as well as where we want to focus our efforts.
- Patience – We are past immediate gratification and realize things take hard work and perseverance for success.
- Time – You likely have more bandwidth as your kids are older and not as dependent. You also realize how valuable time is and you are less likely to waste it and be productive and efficient with your available time.
Still not convinced? How about these inspiring later in life success examples:
- Julia Child was 49 years old when she published, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which is amazing since she didn’t learn to cook until her 40s. She followed with the launch of The French Chef on television and continued with additional books and TV appearances.
- Susan Boyle was 48 when she made it to the final round of Britain’s Got Talent and landed a record deal with the largest ever sales debut for a female artist, eventually breaking global sales records.
- Vera Wang was a former competitive figure skater, a journalist and a fashion editor before she started her design career at age 40 and opened her own bridal boutique. She expanded her business to include fragrance, lingerie, jewelry, home products and more.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 when the first Little House on the Prairie book was published. She published eight books in this popular series, which was turned into a TV show and a multi-million dollar franchise. I used to love watching this show when I was younger!
- Martha Stewart started a catering company in her mid-thirties and published her first book, Entertaining, at the age of 41 which catapulted her career. She rapidly built on that success, with magazines, television shows, retail lines, and more books to establish a media empire.
- Sofia Vergara was 37 years old when she landed the the role of Gloria Pritchett on ABC’s Modern Family. She became one of the highest paid actresses on television.
The list goes on, but you get the picture. These women are great examples that you can pursue your dreams and change career paths at any age. I believe we all have unique gifts and talents that are meant to be shared with the world. The first step is believing in yourself. This can be a challenge for many as we are shaped by society and our experiences. If you are struggling to move forward or stuck figuring out your next career step, schedule a complimentary clarity call with me. I would love to chat with you and see how I can help you. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter!
It’s Never Too Late for the Life You Want.