It’s time for a quick reality check…

If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking you’re too young or too old to be successful or to pursue a meaningful path, here’s a short list of people who have accomplished incredible things at various ages – young and old:

  • Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind.  But that didn’t stop her.  She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Mozart was already competent on the keyboard and violin, and he started composing music at the age of 5.
  • Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star in “Bright Eyes”.
  • Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
  • Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.
  • Nadia Comaneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 ratings and won three gold medals at the Olympics by age 14.
  • Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
  • Pele, the soccer superstar, was 17-years-old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
  • John Lennon was 20-years-old and Paul McCartney was 18-years-old when the Beatles held their first concert in 1961.
  • Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
  • Isaac Newton wrote The Principia (containing Newton’s laws of motion), at age 24
  • Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4-minute mile record – the first person to ever accomplish this.
  • Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the “Theory of Relativity”.
  • Lance Armstrong was 27 when he won the Tour de France.
  • J.K. Rowling was 30-years-old when she finished the first manuscript of “Harry Potter”.
  • Amelia Earhart was 31-years-old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which became the highest-rated program of its kind in history.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream”.
  • Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first human being to set foot on the moon.
  • Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and 49 years old when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.
  • John F. Kennedy was 43-years-old when he became President of the United States.
  • Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.
  • Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “The Hunger Games”.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci was 51-years-old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
  • Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “The Cat in the Hat”.
  • Colonel Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise.
  • J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when “The Lord of the Rings” book series was published.
  • Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the United States.
  • Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President of South Africa

It’s never too soon or too late to be all you can be. 


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