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you're too old

Next Tuesday is my birthday and I'm going to be 42 years old . . . WOW!

It wasn't until right before my 34th birthday that I started The Non-Nine-to-Five™.

While it was such an exciting time I also remember thinking to myself, “I am JUST starting this business NOW!?! I’m too old!”

As I head into the 42nd year of my life I am reminded of the saying, "Age is just a number."

To remind you just how TRUE it is check this out:

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

  • Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 49.

  • 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 38.

  • 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 41.

  • 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.

  • Colonel Sanders franchised his first KFC at age 65.

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

  • Louise Bourgeois wasn’t featured in the Museum of Modern Art until she was 71.

If you are worried that you are too old for successful self-employment or too late in the game even though you feel called to find and pursue your Non-Nine-to-Five purpose, just go back to this list of talented human beings to remind yourself, “age is just a number” AND reach out to me. Our community ages collectively span decades, and it is one of the most loving and supportive ones I know.

Seeing you Successfully Self-Employed and Happy Birthday to me!

- Jen

P.S.: You are never too late to start succesful self-employment.


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