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