6 Very Successful Late Bloomers
For some people, age is just another number. A major contribution in their liveness and young soul is the charm of their dreams with which they live by every single day. They do not compare to the world and focus on improving themselves every day, one step at a time. They create their own path rather than following someone else’s. These people attained massive success late in life and are successful late bloomers.
“You are as young as you think yourself to be.”
Many read it but few adopted it!
In today’s era where people are becoming billionaires in their early 20s, everyone is seeking out to follow their footsteps in the hope of becoming one. Everyone has a unique path to follow. Some people reach their potential at an early age and some people much later as late bloomers. However, sticking to one’s own interest and passion always reward success.
Few people, even though they started early, continue to work after the age of retirement (40, 50 or 60?!); Warren Buffet is one of them or were broke like JK Rowling before hitting the pinnacle of success.
If you think you are too ambitious and are losing out on life and not becoming successful or settled before a certain age, check out the following list. These entrepreneurs & successful personalities attained their fame when most of us start to plan for retirement.
6 Very Successful Late Bloomers:
1. JK Rowling – 32
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” – JK Rowling
The idea of Harry Potter series was struck while she was on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. However, it was only until 1997 that she launched her first novel of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone.
In that seven-year time period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband, relative poverty and was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. She described her economic status as “poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless“.
After the impoverished period, her success and fame with Harry Potter series started growing quickly. She became a multi-millionaire within five years and her net worth is about US $1 billion as of 2012, becoming the world’s richest author.
2. Henry Ford – 40
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Henry Ford founded Ford Motor Company in 1903 at the age of 40 and their first model, Model T was introduced in 1908. He manufactured the first automobile that any middle class could afford. This model revolutionalized transportation and American Industry.
He worked for Edison Illuminating Company for almost 10 years as an engineer and later as Chief Engineer. He used to spend his free time for experiments on gasoline engines.
3. Sam Walton – 44
“I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.” – Sam Walton
Sam Walton is known for founding one of the largest retail corporation, Walmart, at the age of 44. Sam had immense experience with handling a store prior to finding Walmart. He understood the importance of distributing the shelves evenly with a variety of products just to make the customer feel “too many option to chose from”.
Walmart is the world’s largest company by revenue and also happens to be world’s biggest private employer. Walmart, even today, is a great example of retailing and supply chain in the entire world.
4. Arianna Huffington – 55
“But you have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid.” – Arianna Huffington
Arianna launched huffingtonpost.com in 2005 at the age of 55. She is one of the most influential women in media.
Before launching the world famous blog & news site, Arianna started few other websites; Ariannaonline.com & Resignation.com. In 2003, Arianna also ran a campaign for Governor of California which helped her raise $1 million online and the power of internet sparked her eyes the first time.
5. Charles Flint – 61
“Ambition and thirst for power have a part but greed and greed alone is the reason for a man wanting to swell his ward.” – Charles Flint
Charles founded International Business Machines (IBM) at the age of 61. He worked at various places before consolidating four companies together to form one big company in 1911. IBM was then known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording-Company which later changed to what it is today only in 1924. IBM is one of the best company in terms of revenue and profit. Currently, IBM has its operations in 170 different countries. He was also an avid sportsman and loved swimming, hunting, fishing, sailing, and aviation.
6. Colonel Harland Sanders – 62
“I think a dream is just a suggestion to start something out, do something.” – Colonel Harland Sanders
Today, being the second largest fast-food chain in the world, KFC is the first priority for everyone to have Fried-Chicken. It was founded by Sanders in 1930 at a rent free small service station in North Corbin, Kentucky at the age of 62.
He held many jobs earlier in life, such as steam engine stoker, insurance salesman and filling station operator. He realised the potential for restaurant franchising concept and opened the first KFC franchise in Utah in 1952.