Starting Over in Midlife

Altucher:

IS IT TOO LATE TO MAKE IT BIG IF YOU START OVER IN MIDDLE AGE?

Tom [ ] asks: Is it too late to start all over at 47 and still make it big?

ANSWER: The answer is, “of course not”. There are so many examples.

I can start off with this one I wrote about. He started his career in his mid 40s and became a billionaire.

But there are many other examples:

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (author of “Little Women”) published her first novel at age 65
  • Colonel Sanders (who was only an honorary colonel) started his first KFC at age 65. Sold it in 1964 for $2 million [ ] 
  • Tim Zagat started Zagat’s at the age of 51.
  • Raymond Chandler’s first novel came out at 51.
  • Rodney Dangerfield was a used-car salesman well into his 40s before switching to comedy
  • Gandhi’s political career started at age 61 [ ]

And so on.

Focus on having high quality of life into old age. You have to plant those seeds now. Then today’s 50 is yesterday’s 25.

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