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The achievement or completion of a goal or purpose is a success. It's multifaceted and highly subjective. It can range from losing 30 pounds to having a happy and content marriage; for some, it could be getting out of a wheelchair following a sad accident, while for others, it could be mastering the art of winged eyeliner.
When it comes to achieving success in one's work and professional life, society constantly places a deadline on everything. So it's easy to reach a certain age and think to yourself, "I'll never be successful in my life." If you're one of them, my advice is to relax and not get worked up about it.
Even the most self-assured people can be terrified when it comes to professional choices. After 16, some may think that learning a new language without an accent is impossible.
The situation above may lead a 27-year-old with a degree to believe it's too late. That is a misunderstanding. According to the Forbes top 100 founders list, the most typical age for founding some of the best companies was around mid-life, which in our generation is about 35.
At the time of its founding, the most common age of the founder of the world's top companies turned out to be 35. When they founded their world-beating enterprises, William Procter of Procter & Gamble, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn, and Doris Fisher of Gap, among many others, were all 35 years old.
Don't get discouraged if 35 seems like a long way off or away for you; the data show a very distinct bell curve. The age of the founders ranges from 18 years old Michael Dell (creator of Dell computers) to 61 years old. Charles Flint, founder of what would become IBM (closer to home, Claude Stratford founded Comvita at 63 and age 95 was a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2005).
There is no such thing as being too old. Many of the world's most successful people did not begin working on their ambitions until they were in their 50s or 60s. Check out these well-known late bloomers who prove that it's never too late to achieve success in life.
At 23, Oprah had just gotten fired from her first reporting job
At 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer
At 30, Harris Ford was a carpenter
At 40, Vera Wang decided to design her first wedding dress
At 47, Reed Hastings started his first Netflix stream
At 51, Ray Kroc started his first McDonalds
At 52, Morgan Freeman landed his first significant movie role
At 62, Kernel Sanders achieved success with his fried chicken business KFC
It's never too late to realize your dreams, no matter how big or small they are. It's never too late to pursue your goals, whether financial or material achievement or a long-held ambition.
You are not a failure, and you can achieve any goals you set for yourself, regardless of your age. Never convince yourself that it's too late, that you're too old, or missed your chance. You're on your own time, not that of anyone else. You may decide right now, and your life will never be the same. "It's never too late to be what you might've been," George Eliot once said.
Success is a Highlight Reel
Instead of competing or comparing yourself to others, strive to be the best version of yourself.
When you see individuals acquire fancy homes, travel, and live the lifestyles you desire, you see their success but seldom the struggle that goes into it. It would help if you did not compare your bloopers and behind-the-scenes to what you see on someone's highlight reel.
Be skeptical of motivational words and images depicting people achieving success later.
Almost all of those stories result from years of effort and hard work. So don't make the mistake of assuming that if you work hard enough, you'll get "lucky" one day. Continue to strive to be the best you can be and prepare yourself for when opportunity knocks.
Personal success, like professional success, is never static. You never stop looking for more once you've achieved your goal. There is no singular "it is what it is" way or age. You've found it out on your own. Make a plan and work as hard as you can while hopping, skipping, and tripping.