Having been coaching for many years now, I often hear many reasons people give for not pursuing their dreams. Age in particular is a big factor.
“I’m too young to do this.”
“I’m too old to do this.”
“I don’t have enough experience. I need to wait a while more.”
“It’s too late for me to pursue what I want in life.”
Today’s infographic shares 41 success icons who achieved success in varying ages — from as young as five years old (Mozart, when he became competent in keyboard and violin) to as old as 75 years old (Nelson Mandela, when he became president). Some notable examples include:
- Anne Frank, who was 12 when she started writing her diary during the Nazi occupation. It would later be published as The Diary of a Young Girl and be published in more than 60 languages. Anne Frank died when she was 15, of typhus.
- Pele, who was 17 when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil; he also became the youngest ever to play in World Cup). In total Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, for which he was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football.
- Roger Bannister, who is famous in the self-help world for being the athlete who broke the four-minute limit for running a mile in 1954. He was 25 then. Up until that time, running a mile in under four minutes was perceived by doctors and scientists as a biological impossibility and would cause serious physical damage to the body if attempted. After his feat, this four-minute barrier has since been broken by many athletes, including high school students.
- Suzanne Collins, who was 46 when she published The Hunger Games, which would receive critically acclaim and subsequently pave the way for a trilogy as well as the now-famous film adaptation starring Jennifer Lawrence.
- Leonardo da Vinci, who was 51 when he painted the Mona Lisa.
- Colonel Sanders, who was 61 when he started the KFC franchise. I shared his example in Limiting Belief #7 of 7 Limiting Beliefs Keeping You from Living Your Best Life.
- Nelson Mandela, South-African revolutionary and philanthropist, who was 75 (not 76 as reported in the infographic) when he became the president of South Africa.
No matter how old you are, don’t let age hold you back. There’s always a time and place for everyone to succeed, and your time will come when you drop your limiting beliefs and boldly step forward to pursue your goals. Drop your limiting beliefs with Days 26 and 27 of Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program, and map out your path to your ideal life with Days 1 to 6 of Live a Better Life in 30 Days Program.