Success Has No Age Limit [Infographic]

Having been coaching for five years going onto six years now, I’ve heard many different reasons people give for not pursuing their dreams. Age, 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 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.

Success Has No Age Limit [Infographic]

Click image for larger version (Infographic by: Ninja Infographic)

Do you still think that age is your limiting factor for success? Whether it is or not, it can never be as big of a limiting factor as the belief that it is a limiting factor. (Did anyone follow that?) Drop your limiting beliefs with Days 26 and 27 of  Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program, and start map out your path to your ideal life with Days 1 to 6 of Live a Better Life in 30 Days Program.

  • Moonsparkle

    I find this inspiring. Thanks. :)

    • Celestine Chua

      You’re very welcome Moon! :) I’m glad you found it inspiring; I’ll continue to share more inspiring material like this!

  • Carlene Byron

    Love this! Would love to see a few more female exemplars, for instance:

    Anna Mary Robertson Moses (Grandma Moses), started painting
    age 76, painted more than 1000 works, some of which sold for over $10,000

    Laura Ingalls Wilder, 64, when wrote first “Little House” book

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer, in her 50s before she began the radio career for which she is now known.

    Julia Child, 49 when Mastering the Art of French Cooking published; inducted into Culinary Institute Hall of Fame, age 71

    Susan Boyle, began singing career age 48, largest sales debut for a female artist

    Mother Teresa, founded Missionaries of Charity age 40, won Nobel Prize age 69

    Kathryn Joosten, became multiple Emmy-award winning actress after divorce in 40s.

    Louisa May Alcott, 37, when Little Women was published

    Phyllis Diller, mother of six, comedy club debut at age 37


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