9 Late-Bloomer Entrepreneurs Who Became Super-Successful After 40
We get how it looks. It looks like the world loves nothing more than a story that centres around a scrappy, scruffy and super-young founder showing the rich-wrinklies how it’s done, like Mark Zuckerberg and Matt Mullenweg and Catherine Cook. For those that aren't quite 12 and ½ years old, these kid-billionaires are the most inspiring things since Michael Jordan. They’re proof that “age is nothing but a number”.
But what if your face is already covered in life-lines and you feel stuck (usually reading dad jokes as a way of forgetting you feel stuck)?
All around you, everyone seems to be enjoying flourishing careers, attacking life at the top of their game and hustling like crazy -- and yet you’re grinding every day (learning about the latest employment laws), not getting the results you were hoping for. It sucks. And what sucks even more than that sucky feeling is you think you’re too old to hit it big. You might even think it’s already too late to start. Thanks a lot, Zuckerberg.
But what can you do except a) call it a day, b) quit while you’re behind, c) go with the flow or d) let life sail on its own?
Well, what if we said we've found e) a different option? One that’s crazy inspiring. One that’s full of living proof that it’s never too late to dream big and prosper.
That’s right. Forget about those spotty billionaires that managed to luck-out early doors because that’s a pretty warped view of success. As it turns out, three-quarters of all new entrepreneurs in 2017 were between the ages of 35 and 64, with most of them 45 or older. This means there’s a rich history of successful entrepreneurs that didn’t get into the game until they had plonked 40 candles into the cake. And these aren’t people that have just made money and retired. These are people that have changed the way we live our lives.
So, if you’re worrying about your age and lack of perceived success so far -- stop! Failure is just you warming up for the big game -- and these 9 awesome people are proof of that. Enjoy.
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