These Highly Successful People Who Got A Late Start In Life Prove 'You're Never Too Old To Make It'

"Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42."

If you're having a quarter, mid, or late-life crisis because you haven't accomplished all your dreams, and are stuck working at a dead-end job or doing something unfulfilling, fear not. There's always time to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and achieve every single one of your goals. EVERY SINGLE ONE. 

To prove you still have time, take a look at this list posted to Facebook by musician Sammy James. It shows what famous people were doing before coming into their glamorous careers. You might be surprised by how long it took some of them to reach success, and this list will hopefully make you feel better about your current situation, too. Because if J.K. Rowling was struggling at your age, then you know you have a chance at being OK. 

So, stop looking at 30 under 30 lists, and check this out instead. 


"At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA."

"At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.

At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.

At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school."

"At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare."

"At age 28, Wayne Coyne (from The Flaming Lips) was a fry cook.

At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.

At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.

At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.

Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51."

Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn't get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.

"Stan Lee didn't release his first big comic book until he was 40."

"Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42."

"Samuel L. Jackson didn't get his first movie role until he was 46.

Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at age 52.

Kathryn Bigelow only reached international success when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.

Grandma Moses didn't begin her painting career until age 76.

Louise Bourgeois didn't become a famous artist until she was 78.

Whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it. You aren't a failure because you haven't found fame and fortune by the age of 21. Hell, it's okay if you don't even know what your dream is yet. Even if you're flipping burgers, waiting tables or answering phones today, you never know where you'll end up tomorrow.

Never tell yourself you're too old to make it.
Never tell yourself you missed your chance.
Never tell yourself that you aren't good enough.
You can do it. Whatever it is."

See Sammy James' powerful Facebook post below:


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