You are never too old.

Last Update: September 11, 2016

Do you feel like it’s too late to achieve a significant amount of success? A lot of successful people do start when they are young. The press loves to write about the zero to multi-millionaire stories.

It can be disheartening for the late bloomers among us.

But many of the most successful people you know didn’t get started until much later in life.

If you think you missed the boat because you’re middle-aged, you couldn’t be more wrong. You’re wrong even if you’re 80.

Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first big role until the age of 43. Before that, he was a struggling actor with little future. Now he’s known by people all over the world for his acting. How many movies, TV shows, and video games has he been in since that first big role in Jungle Fever? 140!

Sam Walton founded Wal-Mart at the age of 44. He had been successful in the retail environment in his younger years, but nothing out of the ordinary. Wal-Mart went on to become one the biggest companies in the world, and Walton becomes one of the world’s richest.

Stan Lee. Known to everyone as the creator of Spiderman and the X-Men, Stan Lee didn’t experience success until the age of 39. And his most well-known work didn’t occur until several years after that. Who says it’s too late to do something incredible with your life?

Ronald Reagan never held a political office until the age of 55! He became one of the most popular presidents in modern history.

Colonel Sanders didn’t invent his famous chicken recipe until he was 50. His famous chain of restaurants is still doing well today. His likeness has been used to market KFC since the very beginning.

College students everywhere owe a debt of thanks to Momofuku Ando. At the age of 48, he created those Ramen noodles that poor students rely on for life itself. How many times have you had Ramen noodles in your life?

Taikichiro Mori became a real estate investor at the age of 55. He was a professor before that. He was the richest man in the world in 1992 with a net worth $13 billion. He inherited his first building from his father. The rest he accomplished on his own.

Grandma Moses started painting at the age of 78. If you have the gumption, you can still make an impact after 70. One of her paintings sold for over a million dollars.

Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t publish her first novel until she was 65-years old. She wrote an additional 12 novels after that. A successful television series “Little House on the Prairie” came from her series of books. Older children still read her books today.

Peter Roget created the first thesaurus when he was 73-years old. He was trained as a medical doctor but had an obsession with words, especially words that had the same meaning. He quit his medical career to focus on the creation of the first thesaurus. The most popular thesaurus in the world still bears his name.

It’s never too late to leave your mark on the world! But time is constantly passing, so it’s time to start making it happen. Spend the later portion of your life pursuing something you love.

There’s still time to do something amazing!

What is one thing you would LOVE to do ?

Percy

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NWTDennis Premium
Ok ... I'm a senior citizen in retirement. I'd not be honest if I said I've never had any thoughts that maybe I'm not going to be able to do this.

Truth be told, I've been slowed down mostly because I was essentially a digital newbie and was a little intimidated. Yea ... I was an engineer. I solved math, science and engineering problems in college with my K&E Slide Rule :-).

PCs and the internet came along much later, but my digital experience on the job was primarily using Mfg Control software and a Google search now and then.

Every one says it just takes time to achieve success in Affiliate Marketing and that it will happen as long as I keep moving forward with the process. This keeps me going.
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barrp Premium
Dennis

Don't beat yourself up too much. I remember slide rules and very expensive calculators. As as far as not knowing the technology, I'm in IT and have been for the last 30 Plus years and I have a hard time understanding some of these concepts.

It's why I joined WA because I needed some coaching and guidance to be successful.

Percy
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NWTDennis Premium
Thanks Percy ... yea, I've always been my biggest critic. It comes from being somewhat of a perfectionist ... something I've really been trying to control since I came on board.
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barrp Premium
It's a hard habit to break but once you do you will become SO much more productive,
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AnneTaylor Premium
Thanks for including inspiration for the boomers too.
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T1967 Premium
Good post :-))
AL (and Tania)
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adreyna Premium
Great post! Thanks for the reminder that there is always hope.:)
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barrp Premium
We always have hope.

Mix in a little directed action and we could all surprise ourselves
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HVella Premium
Great reminder for us oldies.....
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RickElm Premium
Loved reading this post Percy :) reminds all of us that life is a journey and anywhere along the path we can achieve greatness!
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JeanBrickley Premium
I always maintain that age is a state of mind. If you think you are too old, you will be. If you think you can do most anything then there are wonderful opportunities for you to do just that. Thank you. Jeannie
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barrp Premium
Agreed, but My kids look at me funny when I run through the water puddles after the rain and they said they would disown me if I ran through the sprinkler on the front lawn......again. LOL
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JeanBrickley Premium
Lol. Well if they think you are too old you could always pretend you can"t hear them. :)
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TUGarcia Premium
This is a great piece for encouragement and motivation, especially for our older members. Thanks.
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barrp Premium
Thank you Tomeika
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lynnsam61 Premium
There's still hope for me yet! Nice post Percy.
Erica
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barrp Premium
Hope springs eternal. I think once you get up into triple digits you might want to slow down a bit, but when I get there, I'll probably just keep going.
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Heidi56 Premium
Absolutely! We are creating a community for "Integral ageing" which gets my 75 year old husband to step up and do....
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barrp Premium
Keep at it Heidi

Apparently, Husbands are the hardest species on earth to direct and get to do things, according to my wife :-)
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Heidi56 Premium
I think your wife is right. We need TONS of patience and pushing, slightly, and again, and again, and again..... And at the end they feel like if they had figured out everything by themselves. Hahahahahah
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Ivine Premium
Hi Percy, a great post. Irv.
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barrp Premium
Thanks
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gerryturner1 Premium
Thanks for that Percy - reassuring to know that my boat has not yet sailed off into the distance with me left stranded on the shore.
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barrp Premium
IF the boat has left, it was not your boat. Why do you ask?

You were not on it.
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JudeP Premium
Fab post Percy - there's hope for all of us :)
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barrp Premium
Thank you Jude
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Dreamer56 Premium
Great post Percy! I guess there is hope for me yet!
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barrp Premium
You bet there is
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KathR Premium
Wonderful post :) Thank you for sharing!
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dvilla410 Premium
Certainly inspiring! Thanks for posting
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barrp Premium
Your welcome
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GigiBeng Premium
I like that, thank you ;)
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Loubelle Premium
Thanks Percy great examples.
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MKearns Premium
There are infinite things out there. You need several lifetimes and a water tower instead of a bucket.
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theresroth Premium
Thanks, Percy! Oh, a whole list of things still to do!!!☺
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Mdh46 Premium
I have been very blessed to have been able to do some of things I have always wanted to do like see the 48 states connected which I have been able to see 27 of them. So hopefully being here will help me complete that goal.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I plan on visiting a 51 states as well.....got 32 more to go!
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Sdaviscs1250 Premium
You heard the 60's are the new 40's Means I am 45, but I feel and act 22. I have a whole bucket list I want to do. I want to take my grandchildren (Abigail and Justin Thomas) to Disney World, maybe on a Disney World Cruise. I want to go sit and watch the Rose Parade in person. I am from Northern California and have always wanted to be there. I want to continue taking cruises 2x or more a year. I feel so pampered when I go. That is just the surface of my bucket.

Sharon
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barrp Premium
Sharon

I know how you feel, the bucket list is really a swimming pool. the bucket wouldn't hold all them.

Keep at it

Percy
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rosieM Premium
Great post....you are old or 'washed up' when YOU believe it....I saw different videos on this....elderly people when asked what is their largest regret in life; almost every time it boiled down to NOT doing a certain thing, or following a dream, etc......it had a great impact on me. Another video was a large chalkboard and they had people write down their 'failures'.....then they talked a bit and then someone erased all the failures....it was a good video, too. We cannot afford to drag past negative around our neck like a millstone.....do the best with your gifts....I liked this article.
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barrp Premium
Thank you, Rosie. I grew up in a farming community where retirement meant you died. Regardless of your age, the cattle need to be feed today, and chores need to be done.

It was nothing to see people in their 80s and 90 still going to the barn to help out. They looked forward to it and enjoyed every moment.
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rosieM Premium
So many in the farming community continue to be this way....it is sad that society treats it like you're 'done' at 50-55 and just killing time 'til retirement....we are one strange lot of humans....
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VeronicasLuv Premium
So wise Rosie,so wise.....
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hairlosswigs Premium
THANK YOU!!
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Donnie58 Premium
Really inspiring, Post, Percy! I knew some of those above but the rest were very enlightening, as well!

It gives some hope to us older guys!
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barrp Premium
I remember hearing this when I was growing up. "Age and wisdom will beat youth and enthusiasm EVERY TIME".
Percy
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TomasB Premium
Age is just a number,the only limitations we have are the ones we impose on ourself.Great post.
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barrp Premium
You are correct.
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MNorton Premium
Hi Percy,
I love this post!! The one thing I would love to do is, earn enough money to take my family on a vacation to Sandals Resort!! I believe we would all have a great time!! Thanks so much for your insight. Have a good evening.
Mary
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barrp Premium
Memories are so important to creating a legacy. Keep working at it and develop a plan to save the money and take the trip.
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Kate48 Premium
What an amazing individuals. It's good to have reassurance that it's okay to still have a life when you're older. :)
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OrenL Premium
Life begins after 50 :-)
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barrp Premium
I certainly hope so....
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Maine3623 Premium
Thank you for the encouraging words
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Jpowell1278 Premium
Great post.
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drjec Premium
Well, I am old, but I have been successful in two enterprises that were completely different. I am looking forward to being successful at online marketing with the help of the WA community.
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barrp Premium
And you can be if you spend the time to make it happen.
Percy
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MPollock Premium
I am already doing it, the love post. Thanks.
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barrp Premium
I have to remind myself that I'm not 20 anymore :)
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LinDash01 Premium
What an inspirational post Percy... We are only in the prime of our life :)
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barrp Premium
You bet we are. We have so much more to give
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