Don’t be scared – What’s the worst that could happen?

How old is too old to dream?

40,60,90?

I see people everyday who have given up on their dreams and are now settling for what life has given them. They have become resigned to the fact that they are stuck in the job that they are in, immobilized in the relationship that they are not fulfilled in and resounded to the fact that life is as good as it will get.

Well, I say that’s a load of lazy, unmotivated and scared poppycock.

Some of the most successful people in the world were “older” dreamers. Let’s do a little  lesson here…

1.Vera Wang – She didn’t begin her design career until she was 40 and now she is one of the most successful women and designers in the world.

Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before entering the fashion industry at age 40. Today she's one of the world's premier women's designers.

2. Julia Child – She was 50 when she wrote her first cookbook which catapulted her into culinary history.

Julia Child worked in advertising and media before writing her first cookbook when she was 50, launching her career as a celebrity chef.

3. Laura Ingalls Wilder – She didn’t publish the first “Little House ” book until she was 65 in 1932.

Laura Ingalls Wilder spent her later years writing semi-autobiographical stories using her educated daughter Rose as an editor. She published the first in the "Little House" books at age 65 in 1932. They soon became children's literary classics, and the basis for TV show "Little House on the Prairie."

4.Anna Mary Robertson Moses – better known as Grandma Moses, began her prolific painting career at 78. In 2006, one of her paintings sold for $1.2 million.

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, began her prolific painting career at 78. In 2006, one of her paintings sold for $1.2 million.

5. Martha Stewart – She was 40 before she became the woman we know today, when she published her first book.

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6. Joy Behar – In her early 40’s, she decided to change her career from a high school teacher to comedian. And finally found fame at 56 when she was cast on the The View.

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7. Bea Arthur – She didn’t find fame until she was 50 when she cast in the TV show All in the Family, as the liberal feminist Maude.

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8. Susan Boyle – The singer didn’t get her big break until she was discovered at the age of 48 on Britain’s Got Talent

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9. JK Rowling – She was 32 when she published her first Harry Potter book and we all know how that turned out.

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And of course, we can’t forget the men…

10. Stan Lee – He created his first hit comic title, “The Fantastic Four,” just shy of his 39th birthday. In the next few years, he created the legendary Marvel Universe, whose characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men became American cultural icons.

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So what is some advice from these wildly successful people?

  1. Articulate your dream – clearly define what you want
  2. Ask yourself, “If I took fear out of the equation what would I do?”
  3. Listen to your gut
  4. Truly believe that your dream will come true
  5. Never give up
  6. Tell your critics to hit the road
  7. Believe, Believe, Believe
  8. Be prepared to fail before you succeed
  9. Be prepared to work harder than you ever have

And finally…

10. Don’t be scared – what’s the worst that can happen.

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