Stop Saying You’re Too Young…Or Too Old

by A Blinkin on May 21, 2012

I used to spend all of my free time reading books about personal finance and investing – boy, was that boring. About 2 months ago I started focusing more on topics such as finding your purpose and chasing your dreams. I stumbled upon a book titled The Dream Manager, which I recommend to everybody. After reading this, I found a few other gems by Matthew Kelly which I’m going to share with you today. If you have ever considered changing careers or if you’re worried about chasing your dreams, you’ll enjoy this.

It’s never too late. You’re never too young.

  • Mozart was eight when he wrote his first symphony.
  • Anne Frank was thirteen when she began her diary.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson was fourteen when he enrolled at Harvard.
  • Bill Gates was nineteen when he cofounded Microsoft.
  • Henry David Thoreau was twenty-seven when he moved to Walden Pond, built a house, planted a garden, and began a two-year experiment in simplicity and self-reliance.
  • Bill Gates was thirty-one when he became a billionaire.
  • Thomas Jefferson was thirty-three when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.
  • Coco Chanel was thirty-eight when she introduced her perfume Chanel No. 5.
  • Mother Teresa was forty when she founded the Missionaries of Charity.
  • Henry Ford was fifty when he started his first manufacturing assembly line.
  • Ray Kroc was fifty-two when he started McDonalds.
  • Dom Perignon was sixty when he produced his first champagne.
  • Oscar Hammerstein II was sixty-four when he wrote the lyrics for The Sound of Music.
  • Winston Churchill was sixty-five when he became Britain’s prime minister.
  • Nelson Mandela was seventy-one when he was released from a South African prison, and seventy-five when he was elected president.
  • Michelangelo was seventy-two when he designed the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright was ninety-one when he completed his work at the Guggenheim Museum.
  • Dimitrion Yordanidis was ninety-eight years old when he ran a marathon in seven hours and thirty-three minutes, in Athens, Greece.
  • Ichijirou Araya was one hundred when he climbed Mount Fuji.

Readers: What dreams do you have that you’re not pursuing? What’s holding you back?

Written by A Blinkin

A Blinkin

Hunter Kern, aka A. Blinkin, is the blogger behind Funancials. His experience in banking, lending, payments and investments has earned him the title of “Personal Finance Guru.” In addition to helping people with their finances, Hunter enjoys crunchy tacos, spending time with his wife and puppy, and writing in third person.

  • Little House

    I think age is all in the mind, especially if you stay healthy as you age. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, you are still capable of doing inspiring and great things. Thanks for sharing this list!

  • Jon Rhodes

    Good post. Alot of people seem to use age as an excuse. You’re either too old or too young. However with the right beleif you can accomplish almost any thing.

  • TB at BlueCollarWorkman

    It’s an odd thing, but people do use age as an excuse! And it’s actually not our ages that hold us back, but our minds! So get out there and do your thing :-)

  • YourFinancesSimplified

    I love this post! (In a not romantic kind of way).

    A little more about Mozart. His father wrote and edited his first symphony and trained him like a mad man, though gifted, he didn’t write his first work of art until his twenties. He also started working at his craft at 3 years old. It took him 17+ years to become great. He also, died in his 30′s and wasn’t elevated to god like status until after his death. During his life, he was famous.

    I’m curious, what are your top 3 finance books?

  • Jai Catalano

    I am too old to read this post without glasses but too young to be too old for anything. Great post.

  • Lance@MoneyLife&More

    I like reading these types of posts from time to time. They are very inspiring and keep me going on my desired path when I start getting lazy.

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  • 20sFinances

    Very inspiring post! I’m too young for kids – no matter what you say. ;) Too much fun to have. haha

  • Maria@moneyprinciple

    I love this one. People have been telling me for some time now that I am either too young or too old for things (this is the curse of middle age, you know). My life is so much better since I don’t pay any attention – ongoing immaturity is the way to defeating the aging process, I think. This includes always trying and living!

  • AverageJoe

    I worried about starting this blog because I was so far behind all the 20-something bloggers. Very inspirational!

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  • Investlike1percent

    i am stuck in my 30′s … not too young, not too old. no where land

  • Roshawn @ Watson Inc

    I agree too. I think too often we use age as an excuse. BTW, I am glad you made the shift in terms of your reading. It keeps things interesting to switch it up for sure.

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  • Julie @ Freedom 48

    I don’t feel like I’ve aged – but everyone around me has! I once heard a saying
    “Inside every 40 year old, is a 2o year old – wondering what the hell happened?!?”

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  • Tom

    Its a nice article throughout. Basically having young or old feeling is completely based upon the state of mind or how do you look at yourself. If a person is too much frustrated or depressed with life, he will eventually feel depressed, no matter how much young he is in term of age. But if a person is old but has always had an enjoyable life, he will eventually feel young till the end of his life.

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  • KYD

    Good read. Guess it matters from person to person as in how he would look at his own life. Someone who hasn’t tasted even a little bit of sorrow, will be feeling hard to digest that he actually turned old as he considers himself evergreen and ever joyous throughout. Whereas on the the contrary someone who has really been tired of never ending drudgery of life, will definitely be feeling exhausted and old even if he is standing at the very starting point of life.

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