Want to give up – think you are too old to try something new?

Age isn’t always a factor in your success or failure. Consider these famous examples:

  •  Actor George Burns won his first Oscar at 80
  • Golda Meir was 71 when she became prime minister of Israel.
  • At age 96, playwright George Bernard Shaw broke his leg when he fell out of a tree he was trimming in his backyard.
  • Painter Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until she was 80 years old. She completed over 1,500 paintings after that; 25 percent of those were produced when she was past 100.
  • Michelangelo was 71 when he painted the Sistine Chapel
  • Physician and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer was still performing operations in his African hospital at 89
  • Doc Counsilman, at 58, became the oldest person ever to swim the English Channel
  • S.I. Hayakawa retired as president of San Francisco State University at 70, and then was elected to the U.S. Senate.
  • Casey Stengel didn’t retire from managing the New York Mets until he was 75.

Sourced: Glenn Van Ekeren, The Speaker’s Sourcebook, Prentice-Hall, New York, NY

  • Bryce Courtney the well known Australian author did not write his first book until his was 55. On his website it states “At the age of 55 I decided to take the plunge. I had been telling stories since the age of five and had always known I would be a writer some day, though life kept getting in the way until I realised that it was either now or never.”
  • Mary Wesley was in her 70s when she published her first novel. She went on to write several bestsellers, including The Camomile Lawn

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