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Famous Accomplishments Made Later In Life

Ever had the thought: I am getting older, I should have ‘made it’ by now? Turns out, age IS just a number. As our list proves, it really is ok if you discover your calling later in life

Here is a list of people who did not let their age stop them. They discovered themselves at their own pace and ‘made it’ when they were ready for it.

GRANDMOTHER MOSES PAINTS

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Anna Moses taught picked up a paint brush at 76 and taught herself to paint, despite suffering from arthritis. She painted everyday till she dies at 101 and produced more than 1000 pieces of her work in 25 years. She became famous with exhibitions world-wide

 

RAY KROC STARTS McDONALD’S

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After spending 17 years of his adult life as a paper cup salesman and another 17 as a multi-mixer salesman, Ray Croc finally found his calling at 52 and built the now fast-food giant, McDonald’s, which had sold a billion hamburgers by 1963!

 

GRANNY D STARTS WALKING FOR A CAUSE

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Doris ‘Granny D’ Haddock began walking across the United States to raise awareness for political campaign finance reforms. She was 89! She walked for 14 months, travelling 16 kilometres a day. She would rely on strangers for food and a room to stay for the night. At 94, in 2004, she ran unsuccessfully for the US senate.

 

PETER MARK ROGET SCIENTIFICALLY ORDERS THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE:

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After retiring from medicine at 61, Roget began to compile the thesaurus. He published it at 73 and till his death at 90, saw to every update.

 

JULIA CHILD LEARNS SHE LIKES TO COOK:

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Julia moved to France with her husband in her mid-30s. She then decided she wanted not just to learn, but to master the French Cuisine. She went on to publish her first cookbook after being rejected for a decade. At 51, Julia managed to secure her own TV series.

 

HELEN MIRREN WANTS TO BECOME AN ACTRESS:

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Helen became a household name at 62 for her Oscar winning role in The Queen. It was not until her 40s when Helen finally got a break in the UK drama, Prime Suspect.

 

COLONEL SANDERS FRIES CHICKEN:

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Harland Sanders was tasked with cooking for the family when his father died when Sanders was just six and his mother had to work. He then, along with other jobs, went on to cook and cook till he became quite good at it. It was not until the 1930s however that he began to sell ‘Sunday Meals, Seven Days a Week’ meals to travellers at his local gas station in Kentucky. Five years later the state gave him an honorary ‘colonel’ title for his devotion to the state cuisine. It was not until he was 65 that he began to franchise restaurants, the KFC, which now serves the famous chicken in 110 countries.

 

FRANK McCOURT PUBLISHES A NOVEL:

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After teaching creative writing for decades, Frank sat down to write at 66 and published Angela’s Ashes, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was translates into 20 languages and sold 4 million copies.

 

RONALD REGAN: MR PRESIDENT WAS AN ACTOR FIRST

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After being discovered at 26 in Hollywood, the 40th president of the United States appeared in more than 50 movies over a span of two decades. His political career took flight after he addressed communism while he was president of the Screen Actors Guild. He then switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party and at 55 was elected governor of California. He served as president until he was 78.

 

CHARLES DARWIN WANTED TO BE A SCIENTIST:

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The famous scientists’ father wanted his son to either to be a clergyman or a doctor. But Darwin had other ideas. He went on board the HMS Beagle as a naturalist and travelled the South American Coast. He published his works when he was around 50. It is unclear why his work came out so late.

 

GANDHI FREES INDIA:

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Mohandas Gandhi was a lawyer in South Africa for 20 years, fighting against prejudice against Indians. At 61, he began to lead protests against the British to leave India. He was imprisoned, underwent hunger strikes and led civil disobedience movements. He continued his political endeavours till he was assassinated at 78.

If you would like to share a story about someone who realised their dreams late in life, please comment below.

 

 

 

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