I'm going through a mid-life crisis moment in my life, even though I'm way past the mid-point and more on the last leg. I'm on a growth path right now.
While on this path I've been thinking about people who were successful after 50. I will share this list with you, in case you too are looking at your life and wondering what can you accomplish before the curtain falls.
Claire Cook - At 50 Walked the red carpet for the movie "Must Love Dogs."
Grandma Moses - At 78 Became famous for her art.
Delia Owens – At 69 Published “Where the Crawdads Sing” (bestseller).
Laura Ingalls Wilder – At 65 Started publishing her Little Prairie books.
Frank McCourt- At 66 Published “Angela’s Ashes.”
Nora Ephron- Was 42 when her movie “Silkwood” came out. Late 40s and 50s other movies.
Colonel Sanders- 70 when he sold his chicken to KFC.
Julia Child- 49 when she published her first cookbook.
Bram Stoker- Over 50 when he published “Dracula.”
Ray Kroc – Over 50 when he helped launch and franchise McDonald’s, 63 when it really grew and expanded to other states.
Life is a series of adventures and we don't know where we will end up. All of these authors, artists, and business people were exceptional at their craft, but the most important lesson I take away is that they didn't think that it was "too late" to accomplish their goals.
As I get ready to wrap up this second third and to enter into the last one third of my life next year I'm excited. I have one year to learn more about radio, TV and public media, which has been a completely different change in my career. I also have one year to finish my latest novel and to work on getting it published.
Onward and upward.