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Attention All Baby Boomers…It Is Never Too Late

October 27, 2011 | By Adrienne Smith

Attention All Baby Boomers...It Is Never Too LateI never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I didn’t have the dreams of being in some high powered job or some really cool profession.  Guess that’s a darn good thing since I was what they called “not very book smart”.

I fell into the secretarial roll which I excelled at by the way.  It wasn’t until the age of 49 that I found myself unemployed once again and at a turning point in my life.  The economy had not yet taken a nose dive but I had already decided I didn’t want to continue that particular career path.

I had recently been introduced to personal development and had no clue that I could really do or be anything I wanted. I soon learned that I am not the only person at my age who was ready to reinvent themselves.

Since the economy took a turn for the worse, other people my age are now finding themselves in similar situations.

So I went in search to see who else changed careers in mid stream and/or went on to make it big later in life.  My gift to you is that you realize it’s never too late to start over. Look at some of the achievements others have had.

Attention All Baby Boomers...It Is Never Too Late 1.  Colonel Sanders - Harlan David Sander had a wealth of careers under his belt.  He did farming, he was a steamboat pilot and an insurance salesman.  At the age of 40 he opened a service station where he sold chicken dinners.  Over the years he continued to improve the way he pressure fried the chicken.

As his chicken became more popular he decided to open a restaurant.  Unfortunately for him though a major interstate was built which diverted traffic away from his restaurant so that’s when he decided to franchise his business.  At the age of 65, Kentucky Fried Chicken was born.

2.  Ray Kroc - At the age of 52, Ray Kroc was a milk shake machine salesman. While in San Bernandino, California he entered a hamburger stand owned by the McDonald’s brothers and instead of selling them the milk shake machine, he bought the business.

Attention All Baby Boomers...It Is Never Too LateIn 1960 Kroc had more than 200 McDonald’s franchises in the U.S. but was barely earning a profit. It wasn’t until he started the Franchise Realty Corporation that he started to prosper. The corporation would buy the property and lease it to the franchisees.

Kroc was able to start advertising using the profits he had accumulated from the real estate ventures. In the 1970′s he was able to expand the franchises across the globe. McDonald’s became the model for fast food establishments and Kroc went on to become a multi-millionaire.

Attention All Baby Boomers...It Is Never Too Late3.   Grandma Moses - Born Anna Mary Robertson in 1860, Grandma Moses use to draw as a child.  In 1887 she married a farm worker and moved to a farm in New York where she lived the remainder of her life.  She use to embroidery in her spare time but at the age of 76 arthritis set in so she took up painting.

She became famous in 1940 after being discovered by Louis Caldor who was an art collector and an engineer.  Her work was soon in high demand.  Grandma Moses passed away in 1960 at the age of 101.

4.  Barbara Miller – After spending 30 years as an employee in the paper industry, Barbara was shown the door after a crisis at the company for whom she worked.  After much coercing from some former colleagues, Barbara opened her own paper distribution company after the age of 60.

Attention All Baby Boomers...It Is Never Too LateDespite being a grandmother, The Miller Paper Company was formed with seed capital of $300,000.  Five months after starting the business she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  Luckily for Barbara, the cancer was caught at an early stage and she had a bone marrow transplant in 1997.

The first year in business generated $3 million in sales and went on to generate over $7M in annual revenue.  It has been on D&B’s list of the nation’s fastest growing companies.

5.  Sylvia Lieberman -  It wasn’t until the fall of 2007 at the age of 90 that Sylvia become an entrepreneur.

Attention All Baby Boomers...It Is Never Too LateMany years earlier while taking a course in writing for the Juvenile Reader, “Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain” was born. The teacher had written on the top of the manuscript that it was publishable material and even had given her some names of publishers.

Unfortunately around that same time her father passed away so the manuscript was placed in a drawer and not seen again until she brought it out to read to her granddaughter.

Her daughter then went in search of publishers but to no avail. It finally landed in the hands of Steven Locks Press who then located an illustrator who was able to capture the persona of Archie.

6.  Wallace Amos, Jr. -  When Wallace was very young, his parents divorced so he was sent to live with his Aunt Delia. She use to bake delicious chocolate chip pecan cookies which motivated Wallace to enroll in the Food Trades Vocational High School where he studied culinary arts for two years.

Attention All Baby Boomers...It Is Never Too LateAfter graduation he joined the Air Force where he spent the next four years. After returning home he found employment at Saks 5th Avenue where he worked as a stock boy and then later in the mailroom at the Williams Morris Talent Agency. He slowly moved up the ladder and became the very first African American talent agent in the company.

Wallace actually was the one who discovered Simon and Garfunkel and then went on to work with the likes of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cook.

He eventually left the Williams Morris Talent Agency and moved to Los Angeles where he opened his own agency. Unfortunately his business failed and he struggled to get out of debt. He found comfort in baking chocolate chip cookies and that’s when things began.

Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie Company was founded in 1975 at the age of 41. After adjusting his aunt’s recipe he opened his first store. He soon started franchising his cookie ideas and it became a huge success. Due to mismanagement in 1985 he had to sell off some of this company which was purchased by the Shansby Group. In 1998, Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie Company was bought by the Keebler Company. Wallace did remain a spokes person for the cookie product.

Here are just a few more that might inspire you as well.

Always remember that it’s never to late to start over.  Many of us are doing this very thing here online. I hope that you will find this post inspiring so that you too can move past whatever may be holding you back and find that passion to begin again.  I’m sure glad I did.

Share Your Story 

Do you have a story to share?  Are you starting over?   Have you ventured into the unknown?  Are you trying your hand at something you’ve never done before?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  Surely among all the readers that I have now on my blog I can’t be the only one who found myself in this predicament.  Or am I!!!

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

{ 115 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leora Wenger
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October 27, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Adrienne, what a great, encouraging list! I especially loved the story of Grandma Moses.

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2 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Hi Leora,

Ah, I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I learned about Grandma Moses a few years back and boy was that ever encouraging. Just another thing that drove me to not think I was too old to start something brand new. I love inspiring tales.

Thanks Leora and have a great day!

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3 Angel
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October 27, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Hey,! i feel so much better after reading this post.! I am 45, many people talk about how old i am to work. Of course little they do to help me, but they talk a lot, even in my face, let alone in my back. I conclude, that ignorance , lack of information from people that can indeed help you, or even ignorance in general, is the great disgrace. Now i remove more ignorance from my eyes , thank to this post, and i am uplifted to get what i want with more confidence. Much more.!!!

warmly, Angel Martorell Criado.
Thanks, Adrienne and people who share in this post.

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4 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Hey Angel,

Ah Angel, you’re still so young my friend. I remember when my Dad retired at the age of 63, he tried to just enjoy himself but soon found that he just loved to work so he started his own business at the age of 65. He didn’t work like he previously did because he already had people he had connected with through his working life but I can see how hard that would be for someone who has worked their entire lives to just stop. I don’t think I could do it.

I was so inspired when I went in search of people who had thrived at a later age. Just goes to show we are never to old to go for what we want.

Keep up the great work my friend. You’re doing a fabulous job!

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5 Angel
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October 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Adrienne,!
if one falls in the dark net of some type of people, they will simply destroy you.! But if the wrong guys exist, so do the right type of friends. Jobs for people of any age, this i like.!!

Warmly, Angel.

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6 Eddie Gear
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October 27, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Adrienne, this might sound silly. I started to blog at the age of 23 and now I think I was late at starting my entrepreneurial venture. It should have been in high school. This was a very interesting post with a varied view. Thanks.

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7 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Oh gosh Eddie, 23? Seriously! And you think you got a late start? Are you ready for this? I was 52 years old when I started blogging so now who’s behind? Hope that makes you feel a whole lot better! :-)

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8 Olov Forsgren October 27, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Hello Adrienne, a great article as usual.

I have five careers behind me and now I’m retired since ten years and are practicing my sixth career as a hobby. It’s always a great journey to learn a new profession and you feel really high when you start to master the new job.

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9 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Hi Olov,

Thank you my friend! You are a perfect example. Should have used you too! :-)

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10 Deeone
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October 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

This is an awesome post, Adrienne!

One that I can totally relate to at this point in my life.

It was great to learn about those who had their backs against the odds and prevailed against them.

I too, have started a journey where I have began to reinvent myself, once again.
There’s been many times that I’ve had to do so. Having careers as a sailor in the Navy, a car salesman, a hairstylist, and a flight attendant, just to name a few.

One of the things that have always encouraged me to press forward, is an incident that happened to me in High School that I think was meant to break me. I keep it fresh in my mind, not to relive the past, but i use it to motivate me to continue doing my very best to achieve success for myself.

I recall going into my guidance counselor’s office, I couldn’t have been no more than in the tenth grade. Never really being that good at the school thing, myself; I asked her what I could do to improve my grades and prepare for college. Her answer crushed me, “You’re not college material,” she would say, “I would recommend you to just graduate from high school, if you can, and try to get a job in one of the local factories.”

We both know that’s not something that a guidance counselor should tell a student, but it happened. I believe that it’s for that reason I have never settled for failure. If I failed at anything, I’d just try something else that I found myself to be good at. 19 years later, I am starting something new, that I’m not sure that I will succeed at, but I will definitely put my best effort in it to make it happen.

My mindset has always been, it’s not the fact that we fail, but if we decide to stay there in that failure. Winners never allow “failure” to be the last word spoken.

Thanks for sharing this awesomeness! It was great motivation to read this morning. :)

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11 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Hey Deeone,

Ah thank you so much for saying that. So glad you enjoyed it!

I know there are so many people who have started over at so many different ages but because I am a little older, I wanted everyone to realize that it doesn’t matter the age. If you still have the drive, determination or the passion to do something then just go for it. If the economy has slapped you around a bit, it’s still never too late. You can really begin your life at any age. You just have to want it bad enough.

I’m so sorry your guidance counselor told you that Deeone. Had I gone to a guidance counselor when I was in high school I have a feeling they would have told me the same thing. I didn’t do well in school at all either. But once I found something that I was good at, I continued honing my skills. I use to have employment agencies tell me that I’ll never get a job asking for the salary I wanted but I always did. I knew I was worth it and I always outshown them all.

Now I’ve started my career all over again and my persistence is paying off as well. I have no doubt that whatever you put your mind to, you will succeed. Just take the word “try” out of your vocabulary and just go for it. Visualize what you want and go full steam ahead. I have faith in you Deeone as do a lot of other people.

Best of luck to you my friend and thanks again for sharing my post. I really appreciate you! :-)

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12 Carolyn
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October 27, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Deeone, that guidance counselor sure lit a fire under you! As painful as that must have been to hear, maybe it was just what you needed to make sure that didn’t happen. I’m not a big fan of that method, but you must be awfully proud of all that you have achieved after her prognosis. Well done, Deeone. Well done.

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13 Mouh
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October 27, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I have been going through some hardship and things are getting better now. I always visualize my dreams that I almost touch me. :D That helps a lot.

Thanks for the inspiring stories! I am still young. It would be a shame to give up when the aforementioned people didn’t. :)

Mouh

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14 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 11:21 AM

You are not alone Mouh!

We’ve all been through some hard times but never let that get you down. There is always a way out and up. I do hope this post has helped you realize that you still have so much ahead of you. Even these people never gave up because you don’t have to be 20 years old to go after what you want. It helped inspire me to keep moving forward no matter how many young people dominate the online world. Move over is all I have to say!

Glad you found it inspiring. Enjoy your day now! :-)

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15 Jack
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October 27, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I love the attitude and agree that it is never too late to start over. Many of the limitations in our lives are there because we set them. It is up to us to find the way over, around and through.

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16 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Hey Jack,

Thanks, I appreciate that! You are definitely right. It’s up to us to find the ways over, around and through. I don’t know about you but nothing is stopping me! :-)

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17 Radu
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October 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Hey Adrienne,
Congratulations for another inspiring post.
Well, I’m not a baby boomer (only 22 lol) but I had too a turning point that brought me in the marketing world. I don’t regret a second my decision :)
Great success stories here. They are examples not only for baby boomers but also for us the young guys..If a man/women can become a multimillionaire at age 65 why not us too?
On the other hand is not only about the money here..it’s the courage to live your life to the fullest. When you have an opportunity jump on it..don’t let the mental or social viruses put you down.
God, Min Bahadur Sherchan is the oldest man who climbed on Everest. He is 76 years old…Everything is possible..at any age :)
In the end you are a great example too. After a profound change, you have a blog with hordes of traffic, dozens of comments and yes..super content!
We have no excuse:)

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading your post.
Wish you the very best,
Radu

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18 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Hi Radu,

I appreciate that, thank you!

I only wish I had the opportunities you have now at your age. We didn’t have technology like we do now that has been able to introduce us to not only people who have accomplished great things but more information on how we can also do the same.

I believe that it’s never too late to start from the beginning. As long as you have the will to succeed and accomplish something then age should never be a factor.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me Radu. I appreciate it and I am a good example. Look what I’ve been able to accomplish at my age! Now that’s something.
:-)

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19 Jeffrey Morgan
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October 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

No you’re not the only one; “the only one who found myself in this predicament”. I’m right there with you …….. oh joy ………

I’m going to be writing about this over at JeffreyMorgan.me

I have the dreadful feeling that this will indeed define me to a greater degree online and off.

I’ll say no more ………………….

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20 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

We are the ones that can pave the way for other baby boomers Jeffrey. Hey, we still have a whole heck of a lot of life ahead of us so who better to show others that if we can do this then they can too. It’s never to late to start from the beginning. You just have to have that will to succeed.

I can’t wait to read about this over at your new site. Can’t believe I have to wait until 2012. My goodness. Oh well, guess I have to show a little patience. It’s never been my strong suit! :-)

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21 Jeffrey Morgan
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October 27, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Lady ………. you ain’t seen nothing yet! JeffreyMorgan.me is due to come online in the summer of 2016.

Jeffrey-Morgan.com is coming this January. Let me see if I can find the words …………..how bout ……… “Just Another WordPress Blog”

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22 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Jeez, I can’t keep up. Dot me, dot com… Wow!!!

I have a feeling that anything you do is not just another WordPress blog Jeffrey! :-)

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23 Jeffrey Morgan
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October 27, 2011 at 1:36 PM

BINGO !!! :lol:

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24 Pianolessongirl October 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Hey Adrienne,

I am definitely not a baby boomer, and I also don’t think that I’m old, but there are times that I feel like life is just spinning by. I don’t know if this is relevant or not, but I’m going to expound on it anyway.
Even though I am still in High School, I feel like I haven’t really accomplished much in life, and before I know it, I’ll have graduated college, gotten married, and then I’ll be sitting there asking myself where my life went.
What happens to me often, and bothers me the most, is when I wake up on a Wednesday or Thursday, and don’t even remember doing anything of importance Monday or Tuesday. Sometimes life is so mundane that my brain becomes numb, and I’m just going through the same motions every morning. That is where I am bothered the most. Just waking up, doing my everyday things, doing school, sitting down at my laptop, and then going to bed. I am not afraid that I’m to old, I’m just afraid that one day I will be old, and I’ll be asking myself what I ever did besides the normal everyday things.
Well, once again, I’m not sure if this has any relevancy whatsoever, but I hope that it makes sense! :)
Thanks Adrienne, for these all these wonderful posts you write, and amazing insight you give.
~Pianolessongirl,
Dakota
Hugs! =)

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25 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Hi Dakota,

Young lady you are anything but. It’s so inspiring that at your age you have that entrepreneurial spirit already.

I can understand to an extent what you are saying. Even these days I wake up and I can’t believe that I’m as old as I am and another year is almost behind us. Where does the time go? But you have so much going for you right now. Sure, you are still in high school but you also have an online business and have plans for college with your musical abilities. I have no doubt that you will accomplish so many great things in your life so don’t for one second think that it’s just passing you by. Here is what you have to ask yourself. Are you doing what you want to do and are you moving toward what you want out of life? If you can answer those questions then you are moving in the right direction.

Dakota, I so admire you and wish I had the drive, ambition and knowledge that you have when I was your age. I can’t even think where I would be right now but I guess I had my own life lessons to learn and I am very happy with where I am in my life even if it didn’t turn out quite how I had planned it. Just be happy and never have any regrets. Don’t ever let anyone talk you into things you don’t want to do just to please others either. Go with your gut and your life will take you where you are suppose to go.

Always a pleasure to see and hear from you Dakota! I’m so glad you enjoy reading my posts.

Have a wonderful day!

~Adrienne

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26 igor Griffiths
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October 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Hi Adrienne what a great surprise this post was and an absolute corker.

As the tales here point out it is only ever too late when you make that call. Pianolessongirl sums it up nicely, if your life is just passing you by then take control of it and work to make it amazing for you and everyone that is lucky enough meet you.

As for myself, I have been with my, soon to be ex, wife for 17 years but 4 years ago I got the itch that there was more to life and off I went in search of this. Yes it did seal the fate of our relationship but I can feel that things are beginning to come together and if I keep pushing forwards I will be able to help others to develop a life they can be proud of.

igor Griffiths

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27 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Hey Igor,

Ah, I’m SO thrilled this was a pleasant surprise for you! Thank you for sharing that with me! :-)

I can relate to what Dakota said too Igor. Ah, she’s so young though and has her whole life ahead of her. I have no doubt she won’t waste one minute of it.

I’m so sorry about your upcoming divorce. I applaud you for having had a marriage that did last 17 years. I also know from experience that people grow apart so as you found something to be passionate about, I’m sure you don’t see that as a bad thing. I have no doubt that you will succeed with being able to help others and a new phase of your life is in full bloom. I wish you the very best with this endeavor Igor.

~Adrienne

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28 pea October 27, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Lovely post Adrienne. I shall show it to my mother. I am always quoting these stories to her but she has an unhelpful mindset of steel sometimes. I have always thought that age is irrelevant and that even the young with the wrong mindset will struggle. This is a lovely reminder and spot on with my last post in a way. It is about finding your passion…at whatever age.

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29 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Hi Pea,

Ah, your mother can’t argue with what others have accomplished. It’s just living proof that we can start over at any age. I hope this post will help others realize it’s never too late to learn something new. I know I love learning new things and I look at this as a new beginning. Hope your mother appreciates this post as well Pea.
:-)

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30 Jeffrey Morgan
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October 27, 2011 at 3:15 PM

You claim you’re a baby boomer ……. that well may be; however do you really know your place in this world. No! I didn’t think so ………. Jeff does!

Here’s your link: http://bloggersmarket.com/images/2011/adriennebirth.jpg

I’m sorry for the interruption in your day, but I’m down to the nitty gritty of the launch and really don’t want to face the grind to the finish, sooo ………. I’m easily distracted and will aimlessly wander the Internet for days. I haplessly wandered into the BBC News web.

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31 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 3:24 PM

That’s one cool graphic Jeffrey! Look at where I stand in this world. How cool is that! glad you decided to wander a little and locate this cool site. You are right behind me my friend, that I know for sure. :-)

Ah, not wanting to move ahead and get some work done I see. Ah, I know the feeling but I have to keep moving forward. I’ll be out of town this weekend and won’t be able to get anything done then darn it. Okay, back to work I go…

Thanks!

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32 Mark of Success October 27, 2011 at 3:39 PM

That’s a cool graphic! :-)

PS: Adrienne, is it fine to have your DOB out in the open like that?

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33 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM

That is a cool graphic isn’t it! I don’t care about my DOB, I’m proud of my age! It’s just a number my friend. You are what you think! :-)

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34 Mark of Success October 28, 2011 at 12:40 AM

No, I didn’t mean to comment about your age. Knowing your exact date of birth can invite trouble. Think about identity theft, online security, credit card fraud, etc. etc. DOB is considered very sensitive, and hence the existence of privacy laws that mandate entities handling such data to maintain secrecy of this data. You never know what use someone can put that information to.

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35 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Mark, I don’t worry about things like that because that would then invite those things into my life. I’m not the only person with that exact date and they would need a lot more information then my birthday to steal my identity. I also live in a gated community so I don’t worry about people showing up at my door. I’m not naive and I am very cautious with my personal information so to me, that’s all I can do.

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36 Ed Welch October 27, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Great blog. Just found you a couple of days ago. I see that you were a student of Alex jeffreys. I too joined the FTM program but I joined late. It still has some great information in the course. Keep up the good work.

Ed.

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37 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Hi Ed,

Thank you, glad you like my place here. So you are also a student of Alex. Are you enjoying the FTM program? I sure did get a lot out of it so my advice to you is to follow everything he says and take massive action. Trust me, you’ll start to see results. It was a wonderful experience and fabulous training program for me. I really enjoyed it and met some awesome people along the way too.

Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

~Adrienne

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38 Mark of Success October 27, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Adrienne,

Inspiring stories indeed, and an exceptional post I must say!

I just quit my job and set out on my entrepreneurial journey. Reading the inspiring stories of the aforementioned people gives me a strong boost towards my endeavors. If they could do it that late, why can’t I do it this early? :-)

Thanks for the great post!

Cheers,
Mark

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39 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Hey Mark,

Glad you enjoyed this one, I enjoyed researching it!

Congratulations Mark, that’s a big step. I wish you the very best with that. That’s another reason I wanted to do this post. It doesn’t matter what age you are. If there is something you still want to achieve, go for it. There’s nothing stopping you but you. These people are perfect examples and there were many more. I just had to pick and choose which ones I wanted to showcase for this post.

Glad you enjoyed it and best of luck to you.

~Adrienne

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40 Ruth
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October 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM

40 was my turning point (just over a year ago). I left my comfortable (but going no where) job and decided to pursue my passion as a writer. I hope to never look back!

Thanks for making me feel like a spring chicken Adrienne! And thanks for being such an inspiration.

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41 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Ah, you’re still so young Ruth. I remember when I turned 40. I took three girlfriends and we flew to the Virgin Islands where we partied for an entire week. Ah, those were the days!

I’m so thrilled for you and I have no doubt you will be so successful with your writing career. Never look back girl! There’s no place left but up.

Best of luck to you Ruth!

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42 Vitaly Tennant
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October 27, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Hey Adrienne, what an inspiring post. The video is pretty good … the “no” part was petty funny. I actually always brought up Colonel Sanders in the past to respond to things like “it’s too late”. This article just sealed it with even more facts.
Thanks so much for this Adrienne.

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43 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Hey Vitaly,

It’s always great to hear from you! Thanks for dropping by today and checking out my post. I loved that video too actually. He even pointed out a few more people who had success in their prime! Ah, there’s still hope for us all. :-)

Glad you enjoyed the post. Hope your week has been an awesome one. Busy I’m sure!

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44 Justin
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October 27, 2011 at 6:13 PM

I couldn’t agree with you more Adrienne. I can’t stand to hear anyone say: “I’m too old.” Life isn’t over until it is over and we must keep growing, learning, and experiencing until the end.

I think the whole work your butt off until you are 65 and then retire and do nothing is a bad concept. What I mean is that “senior citizens” have the greatest gifts to share with the younger generations but instead they have been programmed to believe that their work is done when they are 65.

I know this doesn’t apply to all seniors but they concept was ingrained in them.
I intend to keep growing and learning and contributing until my very last breath.

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45 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I had mentioned it in an earlier comment Justin that when my Dad hit retirement age he thought he’d just play golf all the time and relax. Well, he did that for a few months and found that he was really rather bored. He enjoyed playing golf but found that after a few months he needed to do something else with his life so he turned around and started his own business. I think that’s what happens to a lot of people who have worked their entire lives. They don’t know how to relax 24/7.

My Mom just told me earlier this week that her dentist has decided to retire but he’s 80 years old. He loved what he did but recently got to the place where he felt he couldn’t do the job to the best of his ability.

Age is definitely just a number and you are never too old to quit. I spoke with a gentleman the other day who is starting his online career at the age of 77. I say go for it my friend. These are the people who continue to inspire me as well.

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46 Justin
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October 29, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Me too Adrienne. I really enjoy talking with folks that have experienced more life than me. I will be 80 someday too so I hope that kids younger than me will stop and hear what I have to say.

I have a friend who is a retired business owner and I am trying to get him to start a business blog. He is in his early 70′s and he has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he could impart on people who are new in the business world.

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47 Adrienne Smith
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October 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Justin, I spent yesterday with my family. That included my Mom, her two sisters, my uncle and three of my cousins. My Mom is 86, one of her sisters is 79 and the other one is 81 and my uncle is 81. I always enjoy visiting with them, they have so many great stories to share and I know one day they won’t be among us anymore. That’s why I enjoy their company so much.

I think that would be awesome for your friend to start a blog. Think of all the stories and wisdom he could share with us. We need more inspiring people who have come before us to share more knowledge with us all on things we could improve on or ways we could go about approaching things. To be able to see things from a different perspective. I hope he will consider that. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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48 Janet
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October 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Adrienne, aloha. As I am sure you suspected, this post of yours absolutely makes my heart sing. Without a doubt this is my very favorite topic in the whole world.

Adrienne, all I ever wanted to be was me; doing whatever caused me to enjoy life.

Over the years, I have owned numerous businesses in diverse industries. In each instance, I did it for as long as I enjoyed doing it and then, when it was not long “fun” for me, I sold it. How each of those businesses started is an idea sparked me and then I fueled it into flame.

Creating new things brings me tremendous joy. The only limits we ever have are those we choose to place on ourselves. All of us can be or do or have anything we want if we will just “get after it.”

No matter someone’s circumstances, you can always, always, always find an example of someone in far worse circumstances who did amazing things. What’s the difference? One was willing to do whatever it takes and the other wasn’t. Period. End of Story. It’s that simple.

Adrienne, if after reading your magnificent post, anyone thinks they are “too old” to do something, please send them over to talk with this “old lady.” They make not like the medicine I will give them, however, it will be effective.

Thanks so much, Adrienne, for this truly inspirational post that has me smiling as I type this.

Wishing you an absolutely glorious rest of the week. Until next time, my friend, aloha. Janet

P.S. People, like a fine wine, get better with age.

P.P.S. Perhaps I should write one of those 25 Random Things You Don’t Know About Me posts. What do you think? Do you enjoy reading those? Are you tired of them? Comment?

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49 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Hello there Janet!

Ah, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post but I figured you of all people could definitely relate.

I applaud you for having done so much in your life already. You took chances and were able to actually have several different businesses throughout your life already. I guess if I had known what I really wanted to do, I would have taken that same route. Unfortunately for me, I just played along like a good little employee and stayed in my J.O.B.

You are so right, there are always other people who were in worse circumstances than you but pulled themselves up and have made a huge success for themselves now. They are my true inspiration.

I will definitely recommend them come speak to you Janet after I give them an ear full that is! ;-) Think we might be able to talk some sense into them?

So glad I could put a big smile on your face this afternoon Janet. I love hearing that. And by the way, I LOVE random posts like listing things about you. I think they are so much fun and we learn so much about our friends that way. I say go for it! :-)

Thanks again Janet, I appreciate your comment on this one. I love having some online blogging friends that are around my age. Makes me feel not so alone!

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50 Dee Ann Rice
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October 27, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Adrienne,

That is a very inspiring post for those of us that are “older” or a “baby boomer”.

I really like the last quote at the end of the video. “It is never to late to be what you might have been.”

I think that is where I am. I am trying to be what I might have been and I am going to make it.

I was a stay at home mom of 5 children for years when I started pursuing Internet Marketing and Multilevel Marketing.

I have struggled learning something completely new and foreign for me but I have mastered at least some of it and intend to master the rest.

Thanks for the inspiration.

~Dee Ann

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51 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Hi Dee Ann,

Glad you enjoyed this post Dee Ann. See, we aren’t the only ones online trying to make our way. Sure, the younger generation has us beat probably by a mile but we are gaining on them. I’ve met a few people online who are my age and older who are making their way through the online maze. It’s been so much fun.

Keep moving forward Dee Ann. I have no doubt that a woman who has raised five children can beat this internet thing. I know you have it in you for sure.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this topic. It’s great to know there are more of us out there.

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52 Allan October 27, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Some great examples in this article.

I also play guitar and I’m inspired by many of the great blues and jazz musicians who were discovered late in life.

I have a number of financial planning clients who’ve been made redundant in their 50′s and do a complete career change and never regret it. I guess as long as we can still breathe, we still strive to achieve our goals.

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53 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Hi Allan,

Oh, I do love the blues and I know what you mean. There are some fabulous musicians who have been discovered later in life. Thank goodness for that too!

It’s great to know that even when you reach 50 and realize that you aren’t that happy with what you are doing that you can start all over and build something else. That’s what I love about the online industry. It’s about the only place you can do it and do it quicker.

Thanks for sharing that Allan and hope you’ve had a great day!

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54 Carolyn
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October 27, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Adrienne, what an inspiring post! I agree, though you shouldn’t restrict your inspiration to those who are as young as the Baby Boomer generation. Older folks than that can begin anew as well!

I love all of your stories and examples. I had known many of the stories individually, but the way you compiled them together in this article was very powerful!

Thanks so much for sharing this, Adrienne. Age is really just a state of mind, isn’t it? :-)

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55 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Thank you Carolyn.

As you probably noticed with the people that I listed, some of them were much older than the baby boomer generation. I know that some time back Benny had done one for the 30 something year olds. Heck, I passed that up so long ago I thought that people my age my appreciate hearing that we can do that just as well as the young ones can.

Glad you enjoyed reading about all these fabulous people again Carolyn. You are so right, age is just a number! :-)

Have a great weekend.

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56 Ryan
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October 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Hi Adrienne
I found your blog via Benny’s blog after reading your very insightful comments and posts. I found your ebook guide to be great by the way. This is very inspirational especially to my parents, their friends who are baby boomers also. I love the title and cannot disagree with it one bit. It is never too late. One of my family members had an attempted suicide. He’s been working for UPS for the last 20 years and they decided that a loyal hardworking guy is easy pick to be layed off. Thank god, he did not go through with it. I will definitively share this story with him. I have great belief in that he will be the next Colonel Sanders!

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57 Adrienne Smith
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October 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Hi Ryan,

Ah, glad you decided to stop by today. It’s a pleasure to have you. I love Benny’s place.

Oh wow, I’m so sorry about your family member. I know that a lot of people define themselves by what they do and not who they really are. I can image if the career you’ve spent all your life building was all of a sudden yanked out from under you. The same thing happened to a friend of mine’s mother a few years back. She was two years shy of retirement and they let her go because of that. The company was doing some underhanded things back then and she had been with them for over 25 years. She was devastated. But she picked herself up and kept on going. I have no doubt that your family member will do the same. Just show him this post and hopefully that will boost his spirits some. He’s not alone I’m afraid but I have no doubt that he’ll go on to do even bigger things. You can then look at this as a blessing.

Thank you again Ryan, glad you stopped by. Have a great weekend.

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58 Jimmy
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October 27, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Adrienne,

Reading through all these inspiring oldies, I was brought back to Colonel Sanders and KFC. I remembered in my youth, KFC was already very prevalent in my country. That was in the 1980s. Growing up since then, KFC has always been my favorite fast food outlet. McDonald has also been around for ages.

The thought that strikes me now is that how come I only hear of their successful and inspiring stories in my late 30s? Does it have to take 20-30 years for us to learn about these amazingly successful people?

I linked that with what is happening to my parents currently – poor, old, dejected about life, accepted their fate to be dependent on the kids and government, etc. Hell, I think Colonel Sanders and Grandma Moses was older when their career started flourishing. How come they are these two extremes of people in life.

My point is that all these fine examples of life are not told enough in our society. If we agree with that we have ask ourselves why are these sources of information not made widely available. The news papers, magazines, media, education system should be plastering these all over the place and consistently and not replace these with ads and all. How sad?

Anyway, the examples are still inspiring me to change my own life. It took me nearly 40 years to do so and turn my own ship around. I also dream of turning my parents’ ship around. Hopefully, more people can get to hear the good news from these baby boomers.

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59 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Hi Jimmy,

When I was growing up, we didn’t have “fast food”. They weren’t yet integrated into the smaller cities which is where I grew up. Of course we didn’t have a lot of money so we seldom went out to eat. I do remember KFC though because my Mom loves fried chicken.

I honestly believe that the problem with our country is that the news only likes to tell us everything horrible that has happened because if they just reported good stuff, it wouldn’t grab people’s attention as much. Or so I’m guessing that’s what they think. We never hear about the firemen that saved someone’s life or the dog that rescued a child from a horrible accident or the people who have made a success out of their life whether it’s at a young age or old. We just don’t hear these things unless we go digging for them. When I was growing up and even as a young adult, we didn’t have the internet yet. It didn’t become easily accessible until a lot later so I believe until technology really took off, these things were not considered news worthy.

At least we now know of wonderful things that happen in people’s lives and that people at any age can still start over and live out their dream. All we have is today so decide how you want to make the best of it. That’s what I believe at least.

I have no doubt that you will accomplish anything you set your mind to Jimmy! Your parents will be proud of you either way. :-)

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60 Jimmy
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October 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I could agree with you more. Not enough is done to publicize the good things people have done. There are in fact many more good people out there then meets the eye. In the public, I am increasing focusing on the little things that people are capable of. Leo Buscaglia once said that 90% of people are good and that only 10% are rapist, murderers, crooks and all. But it seems that the voice of the many is too small, allowing the voice of the few to drown us out. This has got to stop.

This conversation reminded me of a group of people in my country. One more when I was sending my boy to pre-school without my car on that day, I encountered a great act from a stranger that I will forever remember. I was struggling with all the bags and all, plus my boy was soundly asleep in my arms still at 6am. By the road side, I was trying to flag down a cab. I was beginning to think that I am going to have a bad time for the morning.

A van pulled over and the driver came out to offer me a lift to the preschool. I was so touched. At first, I was apprehensive, but then I saw that this van was actually a news paper delivery van. So I hopped on. While driving me to my destination, I realize that this man was delivering a publication called the Good Paper. It was not our daily newspaper. It was something started out by him and a few more friends. Every story on this paper was devoted to inspiring good stories. I did not know this existed. It was indeed a humbling experience meeting people like this. I wish I go his name card. I certainly would like to get involve in this form of work.

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61 Adrienne Smith
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October 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Hi Jimmy,

Leo is right about that Jimmy. Only about 10% of the people in this world are horrible people yet we seem to give them the most attention. As some reports show, they do these horrible crimes so they will be remembered. We never praise people for doing good things so in order to stick out, they do horrible things. That’s why I refuse to watch the news. You are not getting my attention.

What a wonderful gesture that good samaritan did for you. I know there are a lot of really good people in this world still. When people tell me I should watch because this could happen to me or be careful because of another situation, I tend not to even let those thoughts into my head. I only welcome good situations and good people into my space so those aren’t wanted. Guess that’s why more good things happen to me then bad.

Thank you for sharing that with me Jimmy. That’s a wonderful experience to have had.

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62 Ryan Biddulph
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October 28, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Super post Adrienne! Stories like these remind us: there is only the Now. Time is an illusion anyway, so start Now to create your dreams Now, and forget numbers on a calender, because they have nothing to do with the creative process.

Thanks for sharing!

RB

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63 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Hi Ryan,

I appreciate that, glad you enjoyed this post.

I’m with you 100%. I live in the present moment Ryan and I have learned over time to stop worrying about things I have no control over. All we have is right here, this very second so make the best of it. If you are 60 years old and have never done what you are passionate about, do it! Live your life to the fullest and never let anyone ever tell you that you’re too told or you can’t.

Thank you for saying that. Hope this inspires others to shoot for their dreams and it’s never too late to start.

Have a great day Ryan!

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64 John Garrett
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October 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I love reading your personal stories, I think you’re a fascinating and inspiring person. I’ve already showed your site to my mother and I will do so again today.

I agree wholeheartedly that it’s never too late. I tricked off my entire twenties partying and chasing girls and not doing one single thing that would help me in the long run. Boy, did I pay for it in my mid thirties.

Then, to make matters worse I wasted a couple of years complaining about it and just bitching and being negative, looking for someone to blame for my own mistakes.

Finally I woke up and decided not to lament the time I wasted, but to take control of the here and now and start building something. I decided I didn’t want to be 40 and think “oh , I wasted my thirties!”

But if you decided it’s over and it’s too late for you -or if you let other people decide that you’re “too old” then all you have to look forward to is years of misery. Not for me, thanks! LOL.

So thanks for writing this, I feel especially upbeat now after reading this!

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65 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Hey John,

Why thank you SO much for saying that and I’m so touched and honored that you’ve shown my site to your Mom. Wow!!! Hope she enjoys it.

I know that a good bit of people feel the same way you do John. I had so many bad things happen to me in my 20′s that I couldn’t wait to get to the 30′s. Then they ended up not starting out too hot either and I moped around for a good number of years thinking poor pitiful me. By the time I hit my 40′s I was raring to go. My personal life was going great but my professional life was where I thought I was suppose to be. It was all just okay.

But easing into my 50′s I feel like I’ve been given a new chance at life. What an exhilarating feeling too. It’s never too late to do what you want or what you love. The way I look at life is that every single day we have to get out of bed and live a new day. How you choose to live that day is up to you. If you want to strive toward something you’ve always wanted then go for it. It’s your life and you are the one that has to be okay with what you’ve done at the end of each day.

It’s never to late John, it’s never to late!

Have a glorious weekend my friend. Tell your Mom I said Hi!

~Adrienne

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66 Bryce Christiansen October 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Love it Adrienne :)

I was always fascinated by Col. Sanders story. What an amazing example he is to finding success later in life.

Life is too short to spend it in a career that doesn’t fulfill you. I will definitely be passing this on.

Bryce

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67 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Oh hey Bryce,

Ah, glad you loved this post… Colonel Sanders is the prefect example that it’s never to late to go after what you want. Don’t people realize that when you do what you love at any age that you live much longer? No stress level and you just enjoy what you are doing. I say it’s a definite win/win situation.

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68 Chadrack
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October 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Wow, Wow, Wow!

Love reading this. Matter of fact is, you can pick up the pieces and make up a coat of many colors! :)

Thanks for sharing this Adrienne. This definitely will change someone’s life, believe me.

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69 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Thank you so much Chadrack!

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70 Akos Fintor October 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Hey Addrennnn

I read that you found yourself unemployed at one point in your life which seemed a horrible experience at that time.
But I’m glad that it happened.
Here is why:
If it wasn’t that experience you probably wouldn’t be here (all over the net); this post of yours would NOT be here; my comment would NOT be here (if I get approved :) ) in fact the other 63+ comments (and still counting….gosh bloggers really luv coming here, don’t they :) ? ) would NOT be here….

So everything happens for a reason and I’m glad it’s this way….(glad you’re here.)

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71 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Hey Akos,

You are right, I was unemployed but I made the conscious decision not to reenter the corporate world. I wanted something better for myself so that’s how I found myself online. I mean where else can you go and create a full-time income for yourself within two short years and exceed what you were making in the corporate world?

I do believe that everything I did go through lead me to where I am today and you are right, I might have complained about not having learned things quicker then I wanted but if I had, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. And my friend, I’m pretty happy with where that is.

Thank you for sharing that and I’m glad you are here commenting on this post. I love hearing what others think so thanks for adding to the conversation. :-)

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72 Edwin October 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Great post! I like how you say its never too late to be successful. I can also relate to that as some people think the only way to make it online is if you’re over 18 but I am underaged and I am having great success with internet marketing.

Thanks for the article

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73 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Hey Edwin,

You are the perfect example that it doesn’t matter what age you are if you enjoy what you are doing and you’re good at it. You and Dakota are probably around the same age and both online making your way. Personally, you guys inspire me too! Keep it up Edwin.

Have a great weekend now! :-)

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74 Herbert
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October 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I always believe that there is a reason for everything that happened to our lives, good or bad. We will never be what we are if not of those things. :)

*hats off*

Awesome and very interesting to read..been reading this a couple of times already..

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75 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Thanks Herbert, that’s a great way to look at life. Appreciate your input! :-)

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76 Harleena Singh
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October 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Inspirational post!

It was indeed nice to learn about the wonderful inspiring people in this post. Each one had something inspiring for us to learn from, and though our stories may not be related- they sure teach us a great deal.

I remember the time I left my full time day job and switched over to freelance writing. It was a tough decision to make, as with such a job you can never be sure about how much you can really make. It was a very slow and gradual process for me to reach to the place I am today. And it is that journey which I can never forget, as I met wonderful – helpful people along the way, learnt many new things, and every single passing day is full of gratitude for the learning steps I take.

Thanks for the reminder and a great post :)

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77 Adrienne Smith
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October 28, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Glad you found this one inspirational Harleena! :-)

So happy to hear that you stepped outside your box and went for the unknown. It can be a very scary place to be for sure but glad you are faring well.

Appreciate you sharing that with me. Have a beautiful weekend now!

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78 Bill Dorman
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October 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Two questions – Have you grown up yet? If so, do you know what you want to be? I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up………..

My day job of outside sales has many cycles and I’m currently in a more aggressive business production mode. This is my primary role anyway, but in my opinion, it is difficult to always be on the hunt all.the.time. However, this cycle has taken me into knowing a couple of other product offerings more in-depth so it is like starting something new.

Fortunately in my line of work, the income is sustainable and I am appropriately rewarded for my efforts. Because it takes a ‘license’ in my profession it does allow me to either be a specialist in certain areas or remain a generalist. This does allow a certain entrepreneurial spirit to do your own thing.

That’s my story for today, hopefully it was relevant to your post; which was a great one BTW.

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79 Adrienne Smith
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October 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Hey Bill,

First answer is no, I still haven’t grown up yet! Second answer is yes, I FINALLY figured this all out. Guess it’s about time since more than half of my life is already over. lol…

It seems to me Bill that you really enjoy what you do and isn’t that what’s really important? Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and have an online business so for those who have found what they love doing, I think that’s fabulous. My niece and nephew are at the college age and they struggled as well because at 18-20 years old, do most people really know what they want to do for the rest of their lives? Sure, there are some people who have had dreams since childhood but that’s not the norm. So to find what you love doing and be able to do it for your entire life, that’s fabulous. I’m just so happy that the economy hasn’t hurt your profession at all and you are still thriving.

Yes, your comment was very relevant Bill and I appreciate you sharing this with me. Thank you!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

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80 Dia October 29, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Excellent post as usual my friend. It is never too late to go after what you want in life. Many people have achieve great success at a later age and at different ages. We can achieve everything we set our minds to. Thanks for sharing my friend

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81 Adrienne Smith
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October 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Thank you Dia, so glad you enjoyed this one and you are so right. It doesn’t matter what your age is, it’s never to late to start! :-)

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82 Jens P. Berget
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October 29, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I’m not sure if I’m starting over or what I’m doing. I keep trying to reinvent myself all the time. So, blogging is just one of many things, and the same with work and education. I’m going where my heart is taking. As long as I’m having fun and I keep learning, I’m there :)

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83 Adrienne Smith
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October 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I would have to say that you are branching out, finding more and more things that interest you and incorporating them into your already great life. That’s how I see you Jens. It’s never to late to branch out though and find new things you enjoy doing. :-)

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84 Ilka Flood
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October 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Very inspiring post! It was quite interesting to read the stories about those “late bloomers.” One of my favorite quotes was featured in the video you shared and I believe it is quite true …

“It’s never to late to become what you could have been.” _George Eliot

Thanks for sharing this great piece of inspiration!

Ilka

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85 Adrienne Smith
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October 30, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Hi Ilka,

Thank you, glad you enjoyed this one. I happen to love that quote too and think it’s so appropriate!

So all those “late bloomers” out there. It’s never too late!!! :-)

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86 Ed Welch October 30, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Adrienne,
Great post, That puts you in the same age group as me. And you know what, you are right you are never to old. The proof is right there in your post. Another thing your school education has nothing to do with it either. All you need is a good product and shear determination. I once heard it said that success is 95% effort and 5% luck.

To your success

Ed.

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87 Adrienne Smith
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October 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Hey Ed,

I really enjoy connecting with people online that are in my age bracket. I definitely know I’m not the only one making my way online but it’s great to run across more people like myself.

Another good point, my school education has absolutely nothing to do with this. My old English teachers may have squirmed a time or too reading what some people write about on their blogs but it’s living proof that you don’t always have to have the perfect grammar in order to get your information across to others. The point is, it doesn’t matter really because it’s people connecting with people. You can’t hold someone back because their grammar or English isn’t perfect.

I don’t believe luck has anything to do with it. Discipline will trump talent any day of the week. If you are disciplined with your efforts each day and are consistent in what you are doing, it’s going to fall into place with time. You continue to learn and get better and that my friend is how it’s done.

Thanks Ed, I appreciate you sharing that with me. Great to see you again!

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88 Morris
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October 30, 2011 at 4:57 PM

It is amazing to hear all these stories of successful Americans, most who were too stubborn to listen to people say it couldn’t be done. It is also happening against all odds in a system that favors big business and Wall Street.
Over the past several years, I have many new experiences very far out of my comfort zone. My grandest was starting YOMO Artisan Roast Coffee in Shanghai, in a country among 1.4 billion tea drinkers, who speak a language so different from mine, in a culture, again so different and unique.

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89 Adrienne Smith
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October 31, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Hi Morris,

I was truly inspired just reading about all the different people who have made their way in this world especially at a much older age. Some had passions that lay dormant while others had a dream and refused to give up. Some just had a vision and thought what the heck, I’m going to go for it.

Wow, you started a coffee business in a country who is primarily tea drinkers. Obviously the business went over well or your would have said it was your grandest. Congratulations on that and I appreciate you sharing that with me. See, step outside the box and just go for it. I love that.

Have a great week Morris!

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90 Benny
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October 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM

A great list of people! I’m so amazed by all of them. It truly is never too late. Just read an article in the newspaper about baby boomers taking piano lessons. They make up most of the students! Some have been taking it for only a couple of years but are good enough to be playing songs and they love it.

So it’s never too late to pursue your hobby or business!

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91 Adrienne Smith
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October 31, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Hey Benny,

I was just thinking about you so I’m glad you stopped by. I was very inspired when you wrote that post about the 30 something year old. I had to go in search and see how many people started at a much later date. I was amazed at everyone I found and truly inspired.

That’s great about the baby boomers that started taking piano lessons. We have a friend of the family who started learning how to play the organ a few years ago and then went and bought one for herself. She loves playing now, she finds it so relaxing. I can see why that would be enjoyable.

You are SO right my friend, it’s never too late to do all the things you’ve yet to do. Just go for it!

Have a great week Benny and hope married life is treating you well! :-)

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92 Sonia
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October 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM

I loved this Adrienne! Turning 41, thank god I still have a job in this day in age. For myself, I have always been on a journey to find what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life. God knows I tried everything under the sun online to start a business and through those failures, I found myself and my calling: Marketing. Who knew! All that time I was already doing it and never realized it.

Now the turning point is happening again in my personal life with another lay off and it has tightened our budget immensely. Am I phased? No, but I am not stupid either. I still have my day job and we are cutting back and trying to reinvent ourselves to build a business that will sustain for our family for years to come.

Anyone can do anything they put their mind to….just never give up!

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93 Adrienne Smith
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October 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Thank you Sonia, glad you enjoyed this post.

You are one of the fortunate ones to still have a day job while you build your online business. But having found what your passion is, you are now well on your way. Congratulations, and still at such a young age too!

All you can do is be blessed for what you have and know that everything is going to work out the way it’s suppose to. I’m a firm believer in that my friend. I’m just happy that you have found what you love to do and am able to do that while still working your full-time job. I applaud you.

You are so right, anyone can do anything they put their mind to. Never ever give up!

Have a great week Sonia!

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94 Marcus Baker
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November 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Inspiring examples indeed, most of whom I knew about with the exception of Grandma Moses. I love hearing about mature people grabbing life and doing what they love, regardless of age.

My own Mom has probably been the closest inspiration for me when it comes to this. She was for most of her life a caring and busy stay at home mother and wife.

At age 60, she announced that she had always wanted to work more with children, other than her own, but had somehow felt she couldn’t due to her immediate family responsibilities.

She said she was going to approach a near by school to set up an after school care center which she duly did. She is retiring at age 76, at the end of this year after having been its director 16 years. It is a center that looks after 200 kids and has a staff of 8. Quite a remarkable achievement I believe for a woman who had no business experience to speak of.

When I recently asked her if she was going to just retire now, she said, “Heavens no. I am just going to ask God where he wants me next and off I’ll go.” Loved it!

Personally I have re-invented myself so many times now that I don’t believe I’ll ever stop and why the heck should I? We all came into this life to expand gloriously and as long as we believe we can we will!

Loved this post Adrienne. You are absolutely right…. It is never too late!

~Marcus

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95 Adrienne Smith
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November 1, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Hey Marcus,

Glad you enjoyed this one and I had heard about the majority of them myself at some point. Some were new to me though, Grandma Moses was one of those too.

That is absolutely fabulous about your Mom. Thanks so much for sharing that with me. That’s so admirable of her to want to do something else with her life after she raised all her kids. I don’t blame her. When my Dad retired he probably relaxed for about a good six to eight months and then turned around and created his own business. He’d been working his entire life he couldn’t just play golf all the time. He said even that got old, his mind needed to stay fresh and jumping back into business was the best way for him.

I love that these people, no matter what their age, were eager to do what they wanted. I love these stories and they are so inspiring for the rest of us.

Thanks again for sharing that with me Marcus. I love hearing about your Mom! Can’t wait to hear what she’ll be doing next. Whatever it is, she’ll have the time of her life I’m sure.

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96 Michaele Harrington November 2, 2011 at 6:50 AM

Adrienne,

You’ve always posted awesome content but this is outstanding in terms of the level of inspiration and the influence droplets that will spread as others share this. Just reading one of your earlier comments from @Angel above, look at the impact you’ve just had!!

I’ve often caught myself out thinking “gee if only I’d started this venture or had this knowledge 10 years ago etc.” Yet the truth is, there is no such thing as the ‘right age’ as everything happens in perfect time and order exactly as it’s meant to. Whilst there are many people that achieve incredible things at a very young age, everyone one of us has unique gifts and wisdom to share in every moment and as every year goes by. Most people have no clue how powerful they are, irrelevant of age.

You have a special gift Adrienne, and I have no doubt that you will continue to inspire people way past any illusions they might have had about it being too late to reinvent themselves.

Thank you for being you!

Michaelé

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97 Adrienne Smith
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November 2, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Hi Michaele,

I appreciate you saying that, it means a lot. I guess because I am older, I don’t want anyone else to think they can’t start fresh or do something new. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing when I started this journey but all I knew is that I wanted a better life for myself. It’s never too late and these people I mentioned in this post are perfect examples of that.

I use to catch myself saying that a lot too Michaele. Why didn’t I do this earlier or why didn’t I try something sooner. But what I have learned over the course of my life is that I believe everything happened as it should at that time. I look back on a lot of things whether they were good or bad and I had to find the lesson from that. Some were obvious while others I had to do some soul searching. I believe I am where I’m suppose to be right now in my life and had I not had those experiences, no telling where i would be. All I know is that I’m one darn happy lady! :-)

You are too kind Michaele and I appreciate you! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m truly touched!

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98 Kathy Dobson November 4, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Hi Adrienne…
I too had a “change of life” at 49…
you know, they say that life comes in cycles of 7 years…
so that would seem to make sense :)

After raising 3 kids and a 24 year marriage…I found myself divorced and making it on my own…in retrospect…the best thing that could have happened to me.

It is was drove me to discover my passion online…and I am grateful!

At any rate…I reinvented myself on the net just like you…and this is the avenue for so many of us in this new age of information technology.

The kids run circles around us yes…with their technical knowledge…
however we have the wisdom of years …which makes for some interesting, motivating, inspiring blogging ;)

Yours is one that always inspires…thanks for this list.
Never knew about Grandma Moses…interesting ;)
Kathy

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99 Adrienne Smith
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November 4, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Hi Kathy,

Wow, so you reinvented yourself at the same age I did. That’s good to know. Now I feel like we have even more in common. I’m sorry your marriage ended though, I so wish everyone could live happily ever after. But I also understand that like you mentioned, sometimes it’s definitely for the best. I have no doubt you are one heck of a strong willed woman and that was just a slight bump in the road for you.

Like you mentioned, we may not have the technical skills that a lot of the younger kids do. Heck, they grew up with a computer and I think they just have the natural curiosity to figure this stuff out. But like you mentioned, we are definitely motivated and inspired to share our wisdom of what we’ve learned throughout our many years.

I appreciate you sharing that Kathy and I’m so touched that my blog continues to inspire.

Grandma Moses was one determined lady. Now that’s someone who has definitely taught us to never give up on our dreams. You can truly start at any time and at any age. it’s never too late! :-)

Have a fabulous weekend Kathy!

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100 Samantha Bangayan
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November 4, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Adrienne, this is such an uplifting post! Thanks so much for sharing that video! It reminds me of an article I read by Malcolm Gladwell on late bloomers in which he also mentions Cezanne and the myth that youth is tied to brilliance. In reality, it seems so much more logical that we grow into brilliance with years of learning, experience, and growth — more logical to me, anyway. =P What Gladwell said is that it depends on the person. There are people with natural talents that are expressed in youth and there are others who develop their talent.

What I noticed about all the examples you shared is that each person faced setbacks and difficulties, but that was *part* of their success! Without those setbacks, they wouldn’t have tried something new, which then became the success! That’s so promising and it’s a lesson I want to remember!

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101 Adrienne Smith
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November 5, 2011 at 10:34 AM

My pleasure Samantha, I love these uplifting types of stories myself. Gives me hope for not only me but for others as well.

I honestly believe that some people are just born with greatness. For the rest of us, we have to go through life experiences before we learn, grow and decide for ourselves what we really want. Some people start out early in life wanting one thing but we all know that we change with time. Sometimes our desires and dreams change course which is why I think it’s never too late to go for what you want. I appreciate you sharing about what you read by Malcolm Gladwell.

I know for myself Samantha that I learn from my mistakes. Being a Leo and pretty hard headed, I was one of those that had to learn myself even though some people would warn me about moving forward in a certain direction. I had to experience that myself so I would know. So I had to learn from my mistakes, take what I learned and move past that. But look what that can lead to! See, it’s never too late for any of us if we really want to go for something.

Have a wonderful weekend Samantha and thank you for your contribution to this subject. I always appreciate it!

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102 Samantha Bangayan
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November 5, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Wow! I’m not a Scorpio, but I feel that I’ve gone through the exact same path. There were plenty of opportunities for my parents to say, “Why don’t you just trust us and listen to us?” =P But I’m really learning to value the journey that I put myself on, no matter how difficult it can be at times. =) It’s so nice to be able to relate to someone and know that I’m not alone. =) Thanks, Adrienne!

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103 Adrienne Smith
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November 5, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I listened to my parents and even friends but sometimes I felt like the outcome for me might be different. I mean it’s not guaranteed that everything works out the same for everyone right! That’s like telling your child to never enter a romantic relationship because it never worked for their parents. They aren’t the same people and they need to experience this for themselves. It’s not that I believed they were right or wrong either, sometimes you just need to take the plunge and see where it takes you. I never wanted to look back and say I sure wish I had given that a go. If I’m wrong, I’m big enough to admit it.

You are not alone Samantha, not at all. I have a feeling we aren’t the only too that do this either. :-)

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104 Barry Wells
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November 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Hi Adrienne, what an inspiration these people are. To keep the dream alive and keep pushing towards it, simply fantastic. I admire anyone who tries helping themselves and keeps up the push.

I was 30 when I had my accident and was left in a wheelchair. Prior to that i was on the buildings, either putting them up or pulling them down. Once i had the accident I couldn’t go back to work without re-training, which was easier said than done.

So I went to the disability employment advisor and told them what i wanted to do: Attend college and re-train so that I could start a magazine that specializes in selling second hand disability aids. “If you do that we’ll take your payment book off you and give you a giro (cheque) if and when it’s due”

No advice on an alternative, just a threat of taking my sickness benefit away. I pointed out that I had a wife and 2 small children and asked what I was meant to do? The disability employment advisor shrugged her shoulders. So I asked, should I just go home, stay there and be lazy like others do? “yes if you want to” was the answer.

I’ve never been lazy and sitting around doing nothing drives me absolutely mad. So i went to the local college and asked to do 2 part time courses. 1 was to learn about computer software and how to make my way around it (i’d never been near a computer before this) and the 2nd was to learn PC repair.

I was given a time for an interview so I went along to meet the tutors. The 1st one was a CLAIT course, but I didn’t want to be a secretary. the 2nd interview turned out to be soldering circuit boards for TV and Radio. So I asked why i was being interviewed for a course i didn’t apply for. “there wasn’t enough interest in that course so we’ve put you on this one” Needless to say i had a rant and left.

It turns out that for every disabled person they sign up the college got £600, which was why they tried mugging me off with the TV and Radio course.

Years later I found work in a scaffold yard part time which was fine until i fell and broke my leg and was then house bound for 2 years. I had bought a second hand computer for my children to do their home work on (plus the fact that I wanted to stay ahead of them to help them with it). So I started using it myself and spent the next few years trying to get established online and start doing something for myself.

I’m now doing ok online, could do a lot better but i know that it’s coming ;) I’d still like to organise a magazine for second hand disability equipment and maybe one day I will.

There you have it Adrienne, my story…… so far To Be continued…..

Take care,
Barry

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105 Adrienne Smith
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November 7, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Wow Barry, you are a perfect example of someone who was thrown into a situation and had to learn how to do something different. I mean I can’t imagine having an accident like you did and end up in a wheel chair but I love that you don’t have that attitude that you want to just sit at home and do nothing with your life.

I admire that you wanted to go back to school and learn a new trait. Aren’t you glad you did learn how to use the computer? Look at you now my friend! Building an online business and just making a name for yourself. I bet you never saw this coming. I for one am glad you did or I would have never had the opportunity to meet you.

Thank you so much for sharing this with me Barry. I didn’t know everything that you had been through after your accident so I appreciate you sharing that story with my readers. You are the perfect example of never giving up. It doesn’t matter what age you are.

I’m looking forward to the “to be continued” part! :-)

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106 Julie
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December 3, 2011 at 3:43 AM

Whow Barry, I just had to reply here after reading your story. The system is un&/%$ing believable! There are all those lazy so and sos who just take the mickey, what is worse though, is that the people working within are not trained to wheen them out and help the ones who need and want it. The government needs to invest into training it’s employees.

But, then there are people such as yourself Barry, who’ve taken the sod ya all approach and moved on and up. You certainly are an inspiration Barry.
-Julie

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107 Barry Wells
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December 4, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Hi julie, yeah it’s a bit of a joke this great system of ours :(

The disability employment advisor had a clubbed hand so that was obviously qualification enough for the job….. NOT! She didn’t have a clue about the depths of different disabilities or the resources at her disposal.

Looking back I should’ve took it above her head but at the time was so disgusted that I just came away.

You’re right they do need to invest in training their staff properly, but in truth it’s all about saving a pound/dollar/euro for they’re all lacking in one way or another.

It’s a case of “do it yourself or don’t do it all” Julie and as I said I’m not one for sitting around (no pun intended) doing nothing. We are what we do and all that ;)

Thanks Julie, take care mate ;)

Barry

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108 Julie
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December 3, 2011 at 3:57 AM

Oh Adrienne, forgetting for a moment there, this is your post …

I too know what it’s like to be over 40 and having to look for a work. I once applied for a job, knocked my D.O.B. off my CV and of course proved my point at the interview, I was in and out as soon as they realized how old I was. Darn right discrimination, I just laughed and thought, their lose, I could have done the job and knitted a jumper at the same time.

Thank you so much for this post Adrienne, it’s wonderful – there is hope for all who are willing, no starting age, in fact it seems, the older the better.

Take Care
Julie

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109 Adrienne Smith
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December 3, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Ah Julie, that’s what the commenting section is all about. For us to share our opinions and views with not only me but with others who have voiced their thoughts. Barry is a wonderful and dear friend now and I’m glad you stepped in and addressed what he shared.

One of my last long-term positions was somewhat similar to what you mentioned Julie. I interviewed, took a test and he said he’d call me the next morning if I passed and I was hired. I knew I passed that test and was waiting on the call. He never called and I left four messages for him. Finally got that “Dear John” letter in the mail and I was pissed. Three months later he calls me saying the position is open again. After having a talk with my Dad I finally called him and told him to go to hell. I didn’t want to work for a liar. Girl, he did everything but come pick me up but I finally went in there. He hired someone for a lot less money and got what he paid for. I told him I was worth it so after two hours of trying to convince me to take the job I did. Worked for him for seven years until he retired. Would have been longer had he hired me three months earlier. Men! I swear!

Glad you enjoyed this one Julie and we are living proof we can start over at any darn age we want. :-)

Enjoy your weekend.

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110 The Vinyl Record Lady December 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Adrienne,
I’m so glad you posted this article. We all need to know that life isn’t over when we reach 50, 60, or even 75. Many of us are starting over again for one reason or another.

I’ve worked as a business programmer analyst, officer manager, and bookkeeper for most of my adult life. In my late forties I became very ill and had to resign my programming position. My husband had started a new business a couple of years earlier, but my job was keeping everything afloat. We lost everything. In some ways it was the best thing that ever happened.

My husband got a job delivering oversized RVs to resorts across the US. For a year I was able to ride and recuperate. We had fresh lobster in Maine, Jambalaya in New Orleans, and learned how to eat crawfish in Mississippi. I held my breath as my husband inched an oversized load onto a car ferry going across Lake Champlain from New York to a resort in Rhode Island. We watched snowflakes the size of your hand from a hundred year old tavern in Goffs Town, NH. We went through blizzards along Lake Erie, black ice in Ohio, wind storms in New Mexico, dust storms in Arizona, traffic and humidity in Philly during the GOP convention. We visited some of the most beautiful places in the US. What an adventure, forty-three states, 125,000 miles in ten months. But when the first snowflakes fell in Jamestown, NY the second year reality hit—we needed to go home to sunny Southern California.

I knew I would need to work because we had gone through our retirement funds, but I needed a career change. Accounting and programming no longer held any appeal. Fortunately, I was able to go back to college at age 52. I finished both my Bachelors and Masters in Psychology, but I still wasn’t physically able to endure a 3000 hour internship to be a marriage and family counselor. I went back for a second Masters in Creative Writing with the dream of writing fiction to illustration how people can overcome problems using a storybook setting instead of a how-to-book. I wanted to illustrate psychological principles that wouldn’t otherwise be received or understood. I finished my first novel for my Master’s thesis and am in the process of doing rewrites for publication.

My husband and I are both musicians and love the golden oldies from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Remember the rich sound from the old vinyl records. You just don’t get that sound from the modern CDs or iPods or MP3s. It takes a long time to get a book published so I started a website selling used vinyl records – Baby-Boomers-Music.com. The site combines eCommerce for used vinyl and an information and affiliate site for starting an online business, which I am writing as I work through the process. It’s not as easy as it looks, but if Colonel Sanders, Ray Kroc, and the others can achieve success after 60 I can also. Thank you very much for the encouragement.

Dena,
The Vinyl Record Lady

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111 Adrienne Smith
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December 3, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Wow Dena,

Thank you SO much for sharing your story with me. See, you are what this is all about. We all can go through things that are thrown at us in life but it’s never too late to start over. And we can end up having much more success in this new venture then where we were previously. I love that you and your husband were able to travel around all over the country. What an adventure that must have been.

Ah, the old vinyl records. I still have quite a few myself and a turntable too. I copied them all over to CD’s though just in case that turntable decided to bite the dust some day. Those were definitely the days weren’t they!

I’ll have to check out your site. In the meantime, thank you again for stopping by and I do wish you both the best of luck with your future endeavors.

Have a wonderful weekend.

~Adrienne

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112 Patricia Hines January 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Adrienne, you have no idea how much this post means to me. In 2007 I had to take “medical retirement”. In 2010 I started to try my hand at affiliate marketing. Since I had no experience or available guru the learning curve has been/is fierce. For every step I take forward I lose 3! I jumped in on all fours and started 4 blogs, landed on my face. It took a while to get back up and start back–but I’m back! I have no great success story but I am 61 and proud of it, and I will succeed and make money with my sites, sooner or later- I hope it is sooner rather than later, but I feel confident and posts like yours listing all the successful baby boomers is a great boost. Thank you!

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113 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Hi Patricia,

I love this post too, it’s one of my favorites. It’s near and dear to my heart since I also took a different direction around the same time you did and I’m no spring chicken either. But guess what, if these people can do it we sure can.

If you need help learning affiliate marketing let me know and I have a suggestion for you. Someone who has made it big yet he’s down to earth and never leaves anyone behind. Will be more than happy to point you in his direction if you need some assistance.

Hang in there Patricia. I have no doubt you’ll do just fine. It’s a learning curve for us for sure but once we get it there’s no holding us back. That I do know for sure. Full steam ahead! :-)

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114 Mark Hunt September 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Wow… I really enjoyed this post. It was very inspiring and motivating exactly what I need to read.

Well, I guess I still have a chance. LOL…
Mark

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115 Adrienne
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September 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Hey Mark,

Well thanks for stopping by my blog today and glad you enjoyed this post.

Oh yes my friend, it’s never too late and I wanted to prove to everyone that if you want to do something then just do it. Age should never be an issue. You’re definitely still in the race.

~Adrienne

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