Career Success After 50 Can Happen!

Career Success After 50 Can Happen!

So, you’re 25 and working as an assistant instead of running a Fortune 500 company. Maybe you’re 40 and still toiling away at a job you hate. Or, you’re 50 with a lucrative job, but still pining after an unfulfilled passion. If any of these situations resonate with you and you are bordering on despair, stop! Career success can, and does, happen later in life.

A couple years ago, when I was dwelling in self-pity because, at 25, I was not a movie star, successful screenwriter, famous author or head of my own company, a friend e-mailed me an article she’d seen in the New Yorker. It’s an article EVERY person struggling with career fulfillment should read! It’s entitled “Late Bloomers” and explains how many people find huge success later in life (such as the painter Cezanne, whose later works, done in his sixties, were far more successful than his earlier paintings). What’s the lesson to be learned here: patience. And, perhaps, perseverance. I am not a Picasso (who created his most famous paintings in his twenties). I am a Cezanne. And, so are many others.

Have you gone to the movies lately? Checked out one of the “Harry Potter” flicks or taken you’re teenage daughter to see “Twilight”? Stephenie Meyer, now 36, had never written a story before the “Twilight” series which came out in 2005. And her only previous job experience was as a receptionist. Now, her books are a worldwide sensation, with the film adaptations of her first two novels grossing over $1 billion. After teaching English as a second language, J.K. Rowling, now a billionaire, published the first book in the “Harry Potter” series when she was 32. Now, at 44, she has truly reaped the rewards of years of hard work. Sure, neither of these ladies are 50, but they didn’t find their niche right away either.

It’s never too late to change directions and pursue a passion, idea or unfulfilled dream. And, you are never too old to find success doing something you truly love.