What's the Perfect Age to Start a New Career?

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This article is for you - no matter what your age...keep reading.

Twenty-somethings have a tendency to think they need their lives all figured out by the time they’re thirty, which can cause panic if when your 30th birthday creeps up and those dreams and aspirations still seem so far out of reach.

Or worse yet, you still aren’t sure what your dreams and aspirations are! And many times people think their thirties are for amassing wealth and achieving those outrageous level of success that they set themselves up for when they were in their twenties.

And if you haven’t become a huge success by your forties or fifties you might as well forget about it right, because now you are too old and life has too many challenges that will get in your way...like responsibilities, a mortgage, kids, saving for college, or whatever other excuse you can fill in the blank with.

Have you ever thought this way?

I know I have. The truth is that there is no wrong time to do what you love, what you feel called to do, or what you’ve been dreaming of doing.

Whatever age you are, I would say now is the perfect time to pursue your passions!

The reason why is that each one of us is on a different journey and each of us will find our greatest levels of success exactly when we are meant to, whether that is when you are 25 or 65.

 

I want to share some inspiration with you. Look at this list of highly successful people, all who found their success a little bit later in life.

  • Stan Lee created his first hit comic book title, “The Fantastic Four”, just shy of his 39th birthday.

  • Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist and didn’t enter the fashion industry until age 40.

  • Did you know that Samuel L. Jackson, who's a famous actor that I would argue almost everyone knows of, didn’t land a major role of any kind until age 43 when he starred in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever.

  • Henry Ford created the Model T Car at age 45.

  • Julia Child worked in advertising before writing her first cookbook at age 50, which then launched her career as a celebrity chef.

  • Ray Kroc was a less than successful salesman until he bought and developed McDonald’s into the world’s biggest fast-food franchise at age 52.

  • Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, began her painting career at age 78, and did you know that one of her paintings sold for $1.2 million dollars.

So, let me ask you, would you rather sell a painting for $1.2 million dollars at age 78, or not at all?

 

Seriously, there is no magic age with which success is determined, there is no formula that works for every single person the same way. What you’re doing today may not be what you’re doing a year from now or even 10 or 20 years from now, but that is up to you. You're the only one to decide that you want something different and you’re the only one that will be able to go after it.  

 

There are two things I think of often when contemplating success.

 

The first is, why can’t I?

It’s simple. Why can’t I do whatever it is that I want to do? Asking yourself that question really can help you see that the only thing that can hold you back is yourself. Any excuse you come up with or obstacles you see as to why you can’t do something can be overcome, I promise.

 

The second may be harder for some of you to consider.

I am going to  challenge you to contemplate something if you’re thinking it may be too late to make major career change. Let me ask you, how long do you think you are going to live?

I know that may seem morbid, and no one knows for sure how long we’ll be on this Earth, but humor me for a second and really think about it. Let’s suppose you are 37 years old now and you plan to live an average lifespan which means you will probably be working for approximately 30 more years until you retire. Wow, when you look at it that way, 30 years seems like a long time doesn’t it? It does to me.

By shifting your mindset from being too old to make changes in your career, or from being past your prime to start something new, to thinking about how many years are still ahead of you, you can bring some optimism to the situation.

Do you want to spend the next 30 years in a job you don’t feel passionate about. Do you want to daydream about owning your own business for 30 more years and do nothing about it? Do you want to spend 20 or 15 or even just 5 years doing something you don’t really want to do or wishing you could do something different. No, of course you don’t!

Most people would say that if they had a choice, they would pursue their dreams, passions and desires regardless of their age. Well, you do have a choice. You can decide right now to go after what you really want, it’s not too late to make a change in your career path, and you’re not too old to go after that thing that really excites you, no matter what it is and no matter what stage of life you’re in.

 

If you have an idea, a gift, or a particular talent, share it with the rest of us! If you can do something that makes you happy, do it. Think about all the successful people I mentioned a few moments ago, they did it later in life, so why can’t you?  

And now I’d love to hear from you! Are your thoughts surrounding your age holding you back from pursuing your dream? Tell me why? Leave a comment below.

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Thank you so much for reading!

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