Greenhorn. Fledgling. Long in the tooth. Over the hill. Know what all these mean? Absolutely nothing. These are concocted by people who are looking at age as a critical factor to success, which is really far from being true, as we are going to show you.
If you are one of those people with a burning desire to succeed, then pay no heed to profoundly absurd phrases like the ones mentioned above. While everyone wants to be successful, they are put off by something as trivial as age.
Age Is Just Another (Insignificant) Number
There are apparently 2 groups where people categorize people aspiring for success – either they are too young to succeed or too old. We are going to cite a few examples which show that in the face of indomitable willpower, the age factor fades into nothingness.
Getting rich is something that everyone can do and with changes to their overall routine. There are teachings from as long back as 3000 BC that talk about proven guidelines for getting richer, which are pertinent even today.
Let’s take a look at a few examples of why you should forget age is an element when it comes to becoming rich and successful.
Too Young To Make It
Many people tend to look down upon young people with great ideas. It is easy to assume that given their inexperience, they couldn’t possibly come up with something that could change the world. However, the people in this list defied all odds to succeed.
A young 22-year old who started a side project selling vintage clothes on eBay while working for $13 an hour checking student IDs quickly grew into a multimillion-dollar empire. Sophia Amoruso is now worth $280 million and shows no sign of slowing down. This makes her one of the youngest members of the ‘Richest Self-Made Women’ club.
Regardless if you are into this type of music or aren’t, Justin Bieber is a huge hit. His current manager Scooter Braun discovered him at the age of just 14. Scooter came across his YouTube videos and knew that he was a singing sensation in the making. He sowed in him the seeds of self-belief, and now Justin is worth $265 million based solely on one thing he was always good at – singing.
David Karp is the 21-year-old founder of the microblogging internet phenomenon called Tumblr. Tumblr enables you to put multimedia and other types of content to a short-form blog which you can then share with other users. The advantage of this website is that you can find all of your content in one place without needing to refer to many other websites. You can get a lot of use out of Tumblr including as a communications tool, or saving certain pieces of content, even note-taking. You can definitely say he’s successful because Tumblr is worth around $800 million right about now.
Too old To Make It
This category is for people who have been scoffed at for trying to succeed despite the odds of multiple failures and at an age where most people would just hang up their boots. It is never easy to walk your own path when there are a thousand voices of dissuasion all around you, but the people on this list have done so, and with panache.
Ray was well past his 50th birthday when he made a deal for the first McDonald’s restaurant. While McDonald’s was already established a while ago, Ray had the foresight to understand that this was a nationwide chain. McDonald’s now has a net worth of $104.42 billion and made it into the top 10 most valuable brands of 2017.
Colonel Sanders, as he is more popularly known, is said to have failed 1009 times and was bankrupt at the age of 65. Now Sanders is an industry icon with a brand that is known throughout the world for its chicken, Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC for short. Well, it was a good thing that he didn’t give up even in the face of adversity because KFC now has revenue of $3.11 billion annually, as of 2018.
Hailed as a legend in the comicverse, he passed away recently, leaving behind mourning fans worldwide. He was a creator of fiction’s greatest superheroes, and his own life was nothing short of breathtaking. While Stan started early, he caught his break when he was very well into his 50s and had to almost single-handedly build up the Marvel Empire. Now, most of his creations are on the big screen grossing billions of dollars worldwide.
Qualities They Embody That You Should Emulate
All of the people above were fiercely motivated individuals who wanted to make it big regardless of what had to be done. Being motivated to better yourself every minute, hour and day is not easy. However, it can help push you closer to your goals regardless of what they are. Fear can work as an excellent tool for motivating yourself – read how you can use your greatest fear to fuel your ultimate triumph.
Faith unto oneself is a property not many people possess, but it is mandatory especially during those long sleepless nights when everyone around you is doubtful of your success. Most times people just do not have the vision and don’t see what you see. This makes them cynical of what you are trying to achieve. You need to steel yourself and prep beforehand to walk the path regardless of what is thrown at you.
Simply having lofty goals does not get you there. You need to toil, put in the time, burn the midnight oil, clock in and out, every day for those visions to come to fruition. The universe bends to the single-minded focus of a person. People on the list above were willing to push and give it all they could so that they could succeed.
Things will never remain the same, and you need to make sure that you are prepared to handle the unique challenges that will crop up with passing time. A lot of people, because of their inability to adapt to changing situations, have fallen by the wayside, their dreams only half-realized. Don’t be one of those people. Always keep yourself informed, so you will know exactly how the landscape is going to change.
Summing It Up
While we might think that successful people are gifted or have had more chances to make it in the world, the truth we should learn is that everyone has equal chances to succeed. While it might be at different times in our lives, we are just as likely to succeed as any one of these successful people. The only thing we need to do, as they did, is put in the effort, have faith and be consistent to get things done.