There's No Expiration Date on Dreams
Are you feeling like you have missed the boat because your dream didn’t come true before you were 30 years old?
There’s no rule that says success has to occur before the age of 30. Success can and does occur at any age. For your morning inspiration, take a look at 17 women who found success later in life and then share your own story of success in the comment section.
- In 2015, Harriette Thompson, 92, became the oldest woman to complete a marathon when she finished the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in 7:24:36. The cancer survivor, concert pianist, and grandmother of 10 covered the course in 16:59 per mile.
- Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote "The Hunger Games.”
- Julia Child was almost 40 before she learned how to cook and she launched her television career at age 51.
- Novelist Elizabeth Jolley received 39 rejection letters in one year but was able to publish her first novel at age 56.
- Writer Mary Wesley was 71 when she published her first novel.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder began writing as a columnist in her 40’s. Her popular Little House books weren't written when she was a child at all. They were written and published when she was in her 60's.
- Anna Mary Robertson Moses (Grandma Moses) was one of the biggest names in American Folk Art and she didn’t start painting until she was 76. At age 88, Mademoiselle Magazine named Grandma Moses a “Young Woman of the Year.”
- You may also remember Susan Boyle. In 2009, her YouTube video rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” was one of the most watched videos of the year. But what most people found astonishing about this video, besides her talent, was that at age 48, she had never sung professionally before. After making it to the final round of “Britain's Got Talent” in 2009, she landed a record deal and had the largest sales debut for a female artist that year.
- And we can’t forget about Doreetha Daniels. You’ve probably not heard of Ms. Daniels but in June 2015, 99-year old Doreetha Daniels graduated from college earning her Associate’s degree. In spring 2009, Ms. Daniels began taking courses with a goal to earn her degree and walk at graduation – and that she did.
- At 68, Hillary Clinton became the first female nominee for President of the United States.
- At 75, cancer survivor Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest people, and the ﬁrst African-American woman, to reach the North Pole.
- At 98, Beatrice Wood, a ceramist, exhibited her latest work.
- At 86, Katherine Pelton swam the 200-meter butterﬂy in 3 minutes, 1.14 seconds, beating the men’s world record for that age group by over 20 seconds.
- When you think of wedding dresses, you think of Vera Wang. But it wasn’t until 1989, when Vera was 40 years old and planning her wedding, that she even entertained the idea of opening her own bridal boutique. She was frustrated with the lack of design options for brides and ended up sketching and designing her own gown, and the rest is history.
- Robin Chase cofounded Zipcar at age 42 in 2000. She left the company in 2011 and continues to build and advise startups, as well as serve as a member of the World Economic Forum.
- Who doesn’t love Betty White? She has enjoyed an extensive career but she didn’t become an icon until she joined the cast as Sue Ann Nivens of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1973 at age 51.
- And to wrap it up, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, Ernestine Shepherd. You won’t make excuses after you watch this.
#IWillMarch because age is an attitude, not a number. Neither age, nor wealth, nor race, nor any other factors that divide society can stop the unification of women on a global scale.
Over to you: What’s your success story? Share today and inspire women across the globe.
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Johnston Osburn is a Career and Life Coach who helps people turn dreams into realities. After years as a Global Talent Acquisition Professional, she realized how frequently people limit themselves because they lack belief in their abilities. They are afraid to dream, let alone dream big. [...]