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Why It’s Never Too Late To Do Something Great

Why It’s Never Too Late To Do Something Great

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    Do you sometimes feel lost in life?

    Like every time you’re turning a new corner, beginning a new chapter, you find out it’s still not what you were looking for?

    Are you afraid you might never be successful, because your life and career feel like a maze?

    Don’t be! Let this infographic from Funders and Founders show you that it’s okay to take an indirect path to success.

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    In 2011, German game developer, Andreas Illiger, released a mini game on the iTunes App Store, called Tiny Wings.

    The game was fun, upbeat and apparently so addictive that it dominated the App Store charts for months. At $0.99 it generated over 10 million downloads to date, making the 20-something developer a millionaire.

    If you’re like me, hearing these kinds of stories will make you feel bad about yourself, just because you wonder: “Why do I feel so lost?”

    Well, guess who else felt a little lost once?

    Mark Cuban.

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    Cuban is the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, so it’s hard to believe that at 25 years old, he was working as a bartender, housing in a 3 bedroom apartment with 5 friends, living off beer and happy hour food with all his clothes in one big pile on the floor.

    Luckily, Anna Vital from Funders and Founders has compiled his and 11 other stories into this one, beautiful infographic.

    Success is not achieved in a straight line. It never is.

    Andreas Illiger had been coding for many years before he landed his first big hit.

    Harrison Ford, famous face of Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy (and now in part 7 of the series at age 73!) and Indiana Jones, was working as a carpenter until 30 years old.

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    I bet he didn’t think he’d ever get his big break either.

    Then there’s J.K. Rowling, until 31 she was a single mum on welfare, who’s now the first ever billionaire author, after creating the Harry Potter series.

    Even at 50 years old, you could still be wandering through life and not have arrived at your destination yet, as Ray Kroc perfectly proves.

    The man who grew McDonalds to serving 68 million people around the globe every single day sold paper cups and milkshake mixers until he was 52 years old, before he franchised the McDonald’s concept.

    If you feel lost in life right now, remember that the path to success is always complicated, with many twists and turns, not all of which might make sense today.

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    But you can’t give up.

    One day, you will look back on everything you’ve done and see how it all added up to your success.

    For now, just keep wandering, because as J. R. R. Tolkien said: “Not all those who wander are lost“.

    Tolkien is the author of The Lord of the Rings, the second-best selling novel of all time.

    He published it when he was 63 years old.

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    Last Updated on February 18, 2019

    Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

    Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

    The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

    If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

    The Need for Change

    Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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    We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

    Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

    This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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      Signs It’s Time to Redefine

      “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

      So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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      In life, there’s no such thing as neutrality–you’re either moving forward or you are moving backward. Time constantly moves forward and if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. No matter your age or stage in life– there is always room for improvement.

      “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

      The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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      When these major shifts occur in your life–you have to shift with them. You can’t have a single mentality and have a successful marriage. You can’t remain selfish and irresponsible, and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. You can’t be promoted to a supervisory position and keep the same subordinate attitude. Each level of success requires something different from you.

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        Consider, for a moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. People may have different opinions about his character and some of his life choices, but he is a master at reinventing himself. He achieved the ultimate success as a professional body builder by earning the title “Mr. Universe” three times. He then earned a tremendous amount of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry making action/adventure films. And in his latest role, he served two terms as the Governor of California. He succeeded as a professional body builder, a film star and a politician. Each role required massive amounts of change, commitment, strength and hard work.

        And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

        Featured photo credit: BK via flickr.com

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