Do you think you’ve missed your chance? Think again!
At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.
Elizabeth Stamatina “Tina” Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer.
At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.
At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.
Vincent Willem van Gogh Dutch; was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art.
At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.
Joanne “Jo” Rowling, OBE, FRSL, pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series
At age 28, Wayne Coyne (from The Flaming Lips) was a fry cook.
Wayne Michael Coyne is an American musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band the Flaming Lips.
At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.
Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series.
At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.
Martha Helen Stewart is an American businesswoman, writer, and television personality.
At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.
Ang Lee OBS is a Taiwanese-born American film director, screenwriter and producer.
Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 49, and got her own cooking show at age 51.
Julia Carolyn Child was an American chef, author, and television personality.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.
Vera Ellen Wang is an American fashion designer based in New York City
Stan Lee didn’t release his first big comic book until he was 40.
Stan Lee is a comic-book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42.
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen.
Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was 46.
Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer.
Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at age 52.
Morgan Freeman is an American actor and narrator.
Kathryn Bigelow only reached international success when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.
Kathryn Ann Bigelow is an American director, producer and writer.
Grandma Moses didn’t begin her painting career until age 76.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses, known by her nickname Grandma Moses, was a renowned American folk artist.
Louise Bourgeois didn’t become a famous artist until she was 78.
Louise Joséphine Bourgeois was a French-American artist.
Whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it. You aren’t a failure because you haven’t found fame and fortune by the age of 21. It’s okay if you don’t even know what your dream is yet. Even if you’re flipping burgers, waiting tables or answering phones today, you never know where you’ll end up tomorrow.
Never tell yourself you’re too old to make it.
Never tell yourself you missed your chance.
Never tell yourself that you aren’t good enough.
You can do it. Whatever it is.