Vera Wang decided to become a designer at the age of 40, by designing her own wedding dress and opening a boutique.
Samuel L Jackson was a social worker before he landed his role in Pulp Fiction, aged 45.
Stan Lee created his first comic just before his 39th birthday.
Martha Stewart found her fame at 41 years of age after publishing her first book ‘Entertaining’. She had been successful before (working on Wall Street) but her fame and brand didn’t happen til her forties.
Jeremy Renner landed his big break role in The Hurt Locker at the age of 36.
Jenna Fischer was struggling to achieve her acting dreams until she got the part of Pam on The Office US, at the age of 31.
Alan Rickman‘s first role was in Die Hard, at the age of 46.
Kathy Bates received an Oscar for her first big role in Misery at the age of 42.
Vivienne Westwood started styling the band that her husband was managing (The Sex Pistols) at the age of 30, but it was only when she had reached 50 years old that she started getting the credit and fame that she deserved.
J.K. Rowling was 32 years old when Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was first published.
Bryan Cranston landed his role in Malcolm In The Middle at the age of 44.
Promotions, breakthroughs, relationships, children – successes in life, however you define those successes, happen at different points in people’s lives. Your life shouldn’t be compared to that of your ex BFF from school, your colleagues, or your siblings. Embrace and congratulate your own successes, however small they might be. Reflect on where you were three months ago, a year ago or five years ago – they’ll be something that you have now that you didn’t have before, something that you wanted when you were younger.
There’s no real rush to achieve everything right here right now, successes come later in life too. Even if you haven’t figured out what you want to be doing, it’s still fine (at whatever age you may be) to be trying new things, finding out your dislikes and your likes, because we should always be learning and always be curious.
When you discover your passion, stick with it. Don’t give up on the things that bring you joy.