If you feel like you’re past your prime and that you’re too old to follow your dreams, we’re going to be blunt and tell you to stop thinking that way. There is no timeline or linear path to success. The thing about success is that it requires hard work, dedication and hard work (that’s not a typo). If you’re feeling skeptical and think that success comes at a certain age, you’re wrong. Here are a few prime examples to help get you on your way to following through with chasing after your dreams.
Yup, we had to go ahead and mention this mogul right here. What hasn’t this man accomplished? He also gets bonus points for marrying “the hottest chick in the game,” Beyoncé. Despite all his successes, he actually started his career at the ripe “old” age of 26 with the release of his first album, Reasonable Doubt. So if you’re still freaking out that you’re past the age of 25 and haven’t established your career just yet, just remember that Jay-Z himself didn’t officially get his feet off the ground until 26. Relax, keep grinding and you’ll get there.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Have you seen this guy’s social media game? It’s filled with funny pictures, inspiring quotes and a constant reminder to keep grinding. At the age of 41, The Rock is just reaching the top of his success hill. He went through many setbacks and failures that pushed him to really work hard to get where he is now. His original career plan was to become a NFL athlete, but after being cut from the CFL, broke with merely seven dollars in his pocket, he vowed to go harder and push for more: “In 1995 I had $7 in my pocket and I knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.” After his failed attempt at being a pro football player, he decided to go to the family business: wrestling. From there we all know the story: wrestler, actor, mogul. To this day, he gives talks to youth and tries to encourage everyone to follow their dreams. With a lot of hard work, perseverance and taking failures as stepping stones, The Rock has shown us that as long as you’re hungry for success, you will be successful.
While the dude known as the infamous Don Draper seems pretty damn successful now, he was not your overnight success story. In fact, Jon Hamm struggled to get any part in Hollywood. At 18, he looked too old to audition for teen roles, and too young to audition for more adult roles. At the age of 27, he was dropped by the William Morris Agency and vowed to quit acting if he didn’t get his career started by 30. Luckily, at the age of 29, he landed a roll on NBC’s Providence. While shooting for Providence, Hamm still kept up his job as a waiter on the side and worked around his shooting schedule just to keep up with bills. Even with Mad Men, it took a few years for the ball to get rolling on the show. It was a year from when the pilot was shot to get it picked up as a series and another year just to get it on the air. Hamm’s patience paid off because now Mad Men is one of the most successful shows out there.
While these men are just three examples of people who were past that magic age of 25 when they launched their careers, it’s a good reminder that age really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you work hard, be consistent and stay focused on your goals. Everything happens at the right time, even when it doesn’t seem that way. If you doubt this, re-read Jon Hamm’s section. Remember how he said he’d quit acting forever if he didn’t get his foot in the door by 30? Now look at him. This man is one of the most successful people in Hollywood.
So whether you’re 40, 25, or 35, age does not matter. We’ll say that again: age does not matter when it comes to success. Don’t be that guy that lived in regret because he felt that he was too old to follow his dreams. I mean it’s better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all right? Success can only be achieved through persistence, a great work ethic, and the ability to take every ‘no’ as a lesson to keep pushing forward towards the right direction. If you have all the right ingredients to be successful, why not keep going and one day you’ll be able to say to yourself, “I made it”.