Whatever your dream is… it is not too late to achieve it. Never tell yourself you’re too old to make it. Never tell yourself you missed your chance. Never tell yourself that you aren’t good enough. You can do it. Whatever it is… and here’s why!

Age 23 – Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.

TG Takeaway : Every day is an opportunity to learn something new. Even when fame and success arrive, know that there is always more to master.

Age 28 – J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.

Age 39 – Julia Child released her first cookbook and got her own cooking show at age 51.

Age 40 – Vera Wang designed her first dress after failing to make the Olympic figure skating teamtallguides magazine age tall teamtall TG Takeaway: Don’t be afraid to switch up your career. Be flexible and take new opportunities as they come.

Age 64 – Diana Nyad, became the first person to swim from Florida to Cuba without a protective shark cage

Age 65 – Laura Ingalls Wilder’s published her Little House on the Prairie series.

Age 66 – Elizabeth Adeney from Suffolk became Britain’s oldest mum when she gave birth to a son in 2009.

Age 70 – Jessica Tandy, a British-American stage and film actress, won her Oscar for 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy for which she also received a coveted BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

Age 81 –  Barbara McLintock was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine.

Age 85 – Coco Chanel was the head of her fashion design firm.tallguides tallguides magazine chanel TG Takeaway: When you discover your passion, stick with it. Don’t give up on your dreams. 

Age 89 – Dorothy Davenhill Hirsch, 89, became the oldest person to visit the North Pole

Age 90 – Priscilla Sitienei, a great-great-grandmother and former midwife in Kenya, enrolled in primary school.

Age 92 – Gladys Burrill from Hawaii  became the oldest woman to complete a marathon. She power walked and jogged the Honolulu Marathon in nine hours 53 minutes, earning herself the nickname “Gladyator”. She had run her first marathon aged 86.

TG Takeaway: Believe in yourself. Don’t take no for an answer.

Age 96 – South African Mohr Keet became the oldest bungee jumper ever.

Age 97 – Singer Dame Vera Lynn made British chart history by becoming the oldest living artist to reach the Top 20.

Age 103 – Dr Leila Denmark retired. The American paediatrician was also a super centenarian, living to be 114 years old.

There is no set age you should expect success to happen in life and these women are not only proof of that but they can help us to put things into perspective. At what time do we stop trying and realise the dream is over? Never.

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