Entrepreneurs Who Started (Really) Late

by JS 

Most people reach a certain age and think that they simply can’t do it (whatever it may be) anymore. I’m here to tell you that this is simply not the case. Yes, when you’re young and fresh, starting a new business or running a marathon can be a lot easier, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start a business and be successful when you’re over 60!

Are you sitting there today thinking “man, I’d really like to write a book” or “It would be awesome if I could just open my going green store”? You’re right it would be awesome. So why not go for it?

Colonel Sanders began building KFC at age 65!

Colonel Sanders began building KFC at age 65!

Did you know that some of the most successful entrepreneurs didn’t get started until they were past retirement age? Colonel Harland Sanders (Yes, KFC Colonel Sanders) didn’t venture out into the world of entrepreneurship until he was 65 years old. In fact, he used his first social security check to open his business! His business is still thriving today. If your dream is to write a book, here’s another “older” entrepreneur. Sylvia Lieberman creator of Archibald Mouse Books and author of “Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain” didn’t write her first children’s book until the age of 90!

When I saw this, I thought “Why start businesses you can’t finish?” But really, who starts a business that they ever “finish”? Businesses are always passed down to family members or close friends, even other owners in a business if anything ever happens to the owner. The business usually lives on for a quite a while, even after the owner is long gone. So, why not start a business that you can’t finish? Everyone else does it!

My point is, you’re never too old (or young) to start accomplishing your dreams. Don’t let negative thinking be the barrier that keeps you from going after your goals. If you think you’re too old, then you probably are. I don’t mean this in a literal sense of course; I just mean that as long as you think a negative thought, that negative thought will run your life. If you think you’ll never do it, you never will. The only way to succeed in life is to know that you can. Never doubt yourself, no matter what the doubt may be. Positive thinking will be the flame that sees you through a tough night. I can guarantee that!

If you have a dream in life, go for it. You only get one life to try to make that dream come true and getting to the top if half the fun! After all, Life is a Journey, NOT a destination!

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3 Responses to “Entrepreneurs Who Started (Really) Late”

  1. elyse cohen on April 26th, 2010 8:48 am

    very good articles on how people became rich
    I generate ideas all the time and am working on one now that I think will yield money– am thinking out of the box —
    I am CRAFTY! want to tap into my creativity

  2. Abhilekh on July 24th, 2010 10:38 am

    Really inspiring post……I am also looking for an idea which can be transformed to a reality…….

  3. ajc @ 7million7years on October 16th, 2010 12:37 am

    Yep, my dad didn’t start his business until 65 years old. On the other hand, I managed to retire from mine at age 49 … but, he did give me my start because I still own the business that he started (although, I no longer work in it).

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