It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot
To me, this simple quote is powerful beyond measure. Too many of us give up on, or don’t even start on our dreams or goals because we think it is too late in our lives to do anything about it. When we have been doing the same thing for a long time we tend to think that we are boxed into that for the rest of our life. The longer we go on, the further our dreams slip away.
But, that is a story we tell ourselves. Think about these people who became what they ‘might have been’ at a later stage of life;
Colonel Harland Sanders – at the age of 65, after owning one single chicken restaurant that he was forced to close down due to a highway being built through the location it was on, Colonel Harland Sanders decided to franchise his business. He decided to go visit restaurants and let them taste his chicken – if they liked it, he would enter into a deal. He received 1009 NO’s, before he got his first yes (you read that right – 1009 knock backs before he sold his first one). I am sure you have heard of KFC today.
Susan Boyle – at the age of 47, Susan Boyle became an overnight sensation throughout the world, because she loved to sing and she believed she had talent. She didn’t look the part, but after making her way onto ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ she astounded everyone with her incredible voice, and the rest they say is history. Like her music or not, you have to admire her self belief and perseverance.
Phyllis Turner – who is she? Never heard of her? You don’t have to be famous to be what you might have been… In 2007, Phyllis Turner was a 94 year old Great Grandmother from Adelaide who at the time became the oldest person in the world to achieve a Masters Degree. Phyllis left school at the age of 12 to help her mother bring up her siblings when her father abandoned them. At 70, she enrolled in the University of Adelaide and when she turned 72 she won a scholarship to study at the University of California. When she finished there, she decided to go back to uni at the Australian National University and graduated with a degree in Anthropology. She decided to complete her Masters Degree in Medical Science when her husband died in 2002. How awesome is that?
I, like a lot of others out there have fallen into the belief that the opportunity to achieve some of my life goals has gone in the past, and sometimes this still enters my mind. With stories like these, there really is no excuse not to at least give them a go is there?
Have a great week,