I know, I know, you’re singing that song in your head by Karen Carpenter… What’s that? You don’t know who Karen Carpenter is? Um, let me start over and pretend you’re not counting how old I am. Heck, who am I kidding. I’m over 50, yes, and still have my original hair color, so you’d never know unless I told you. I could say that I only know if Karen Carpenter because I have older sisters, but I’m not even trying to hide my age.

In fact, it was the year I turned 50 that I decided it isn’t too late for me to do what I’ve always wanted to do. I spent the first 50 years thinking I needed more credibility, more education, more qualifications and then I realized that’s a myth. I spent my first 50 years talking my way into jobs that were second best because I was afraid to ask for what I really wanted. Would you believe that after a full year of crafting my coaching business, trying to be what everyone wants me to be, I ended up right back where I started?

I just stumbled upon this list of women by Carrie Charles who decided It’s Not Too Late to start over

  • Martha Stewart’s success came after age 41 with the publication of her first book, and the launch of Martha Stewart Living seven years later.
  • Tim and Nina Zagat gave up their legal careers at 42 to write their first restaurant guides.  Now they are part of Google!
  • After her 40th birthday, Robin Chase was taking time off work to be with her kids when she and a friend came up with the idea for Zipcar.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first “Little House” books at age 65. They soon became children’s literary classics, and the basis for TV show “Little House on the Prairie.”
  • Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, began her painting career at 78.  One of her paintings sold for $1.2 million.
  • Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before she entered the fashion industry at age 40.
  • Julia Child wrote her first cookbook at age 50 launching her career as a celebrity chef.  Before that she worked in advertising and media.  
  • Joyce Meyer started her ministry at age 41.  
  • Joy Behar of The View was a high school English teacher until age 40.

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