Youth is wasted on the young. Many successful men and women in their later years have said this. The only limitation to their success is the amount of life they have left. Many people hit milestones in there lives that are worthy of high praise: graduation, marriage, having children, etc. But these events are far from unique. If these are the only significant events in one’s life, he or she may find themselves in a crises. It might be mid-life in your 30’s and 40’s or even earlier. Rather than letting these moments of self-doubt and questioning bring you down, look at the chart below, courtesy of Fred Wilson, of the people who took those moments where they wondered if they were capable of doing more, and went on to do just that.
At age 35 Tim Westergren started Pandora, one of the most successful only radio services available. Michael Arrington started TechCrunch, and Jan Koum founded WhatsApp. The tech industry can seem like a young person’s game, meant for overachieving teens and 20 somethings. But that didn’t stop these men. Jimmy Wales founded Wikipedia and 35, and it is one of the most visited websites in the world. Being in your thirties doesn’t make you old. They still have plenty of time to be everything they want to be. What about 40? Is that too old to do anything meaningful? No! Companies like intel and Zip car were founded by people in their 40’s. And please don’t stop there. Two of the world’s tastiest things would be missing had John Pemberton and Harland Sanders not invented Coca-Cola and KFC in their 50’s and 60’s respectively.
Don’t let age stop you. There’s still time so long as you draw breath. There is always room for growth and potential.