It is never too late to be what you might have been.
How often do we say..
…if only I’d ………(studied more at school, worked harder, taken that chance)
I might have………. (gone to university, got a great job, landed a fantastic customer, been famous)
And then move on with regret?
In my last post, we talked about the little changes that make a big difference. What if instead of “if only” and “might have” we said” I really want to…………. so what’s the first step to achieving that?” How would that change your perspective? Maybe you would realise it isn’t too late.
Famus Late Achievers
Don’t believe me–here are some famous examples
- Peter Roget published his thesaurus at 73
- Colonel Saunders launched Kentucky Fried Chicken at 65
- Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin at 47
- Raymond Chandler started writing at 44 and published The Big Sleep at 51
Even in the entertainment business, renowned for its focus on youth you can find people who were “late bloomers”
- Alan Rickman, got his first movie role at 46
- Anjelica Huston who’s first film at 18 was a disaster finally won an Oscar when over 40
- Martha Stewart started out as a model and tried various things, but it wasn’t until she reached the age of 50 that her showbiz career really started.
And Some Not So Famous
- at 75 my mum finally wrote the book she’d always meant to write
- my grandfather having been a lay preacher all his life finally achieved ordination at 70
- my father-in-law got his degree at 67.
So what might you have been? Do you want to be it? Go for it and start afresh.
As Buddha said
What you are is what you have been.
What you will be is what you do now.
Take the first step to being who you want to be…