This is a guest post by Paul Sabaj, a loyal reader of Success Circuit. He has previously written Goals and Success.
I love reading the posts in Success Circuit and find the stories fun, inspiring and motivating. I also notice that the theme tends to run to the young at heart. I just wanted to remind people that success can come at any age as long as you’re willing. While I love reading of the person who is under thirty I am also impressed with those like Ben Franklin who did a lot of what he is famous for after the age of forty. Men like Ray Kroc of McDonald’s fame started at fifty two years of age when he found the McDonald brothers hamburger stand in California and bought the license to franchise the whole deal for I think two million dollars.
The author Tom Clancy who was an insurance salesman who loved to dabble in writing did not get published until he was in his late thirties.
I also like the story of Col. Sanders of Kentucky fried Chicken fame, who then went on the road to pitch his famous chicken at 65 years of age because he thought his Social Security check was way too small to live on. I can go on and on with the stories of people, but I think they have a common theme to all of them. These people were not just going to settle for the status quo and let life and what turned out to also be fame pass them by. The guts to face a challenge and the ability to get over the fear that often keeps people from moving forward is to be admired. The old saying”The other side of fear is freedom.
You go through it on a small scale when you ask that girl out on your first date. Then once you have done it you realize it was not so bad. Ok if she says no it sucks but you get over it and move on!
One of my favorite stories I have read is about a woman who had a recent movie about her life is Julia Child. What a life story. Born in 1912 one of three siblings who during WW2 worked for the O.S.S. and on to work in the Foreign Service. While in Paris she attends the famous Cordon Bleu and starts a cooking school. She published her first cook book in 1961 at the age of 49 and went on to be the first real cook star of T.V. She did not get on T.V. until she was in her fifties. What a life and what a shining example of what you can do when you persevere and live life with passion.
One of the things I have read from Tony Robbins is “your never too old to be who you might have been.” My second thing that helps point the way is “Why not me!”
So not unlike many diets I have gone on I have said that this is the year for the old dog to learn new tricks and get moving. The difference this time is I have a plan and have told people about it to keep me honest with my endeavors. The other day I told one of the mentors I have of my plan and said I was waiting for the right time. His reply was starting a business and the road to success is like having kids. If you wait for the right time you will never have kids. Get started today. Good advice from a guy who came to America fifteen years ago from Greece and now is a multi millionaire. Good luck to all who try for your at least in the game.