What Can You Learn from Successful People
Success Later in Your life
How old is too old to do something new? What if that something new becomes a success? Success may not come to you on your first try. It may take two, three, even four times or more before you reach success. If you don’t try, it will not happen at all. There are many people who feel alive and don’t want to be a couch potato sitting and staring at the television or computer. These people have things to do with ideas either that were sparked years ago or were lost years ago.
Pick up a paintbrush, dust off the piano, pull out your camera, or tinker around in your basement or garage to work on a project you’ve had for some time. This makes you feel good so you decide now might be the time to get back to what you wanted to do years ago. This is what many people have done but then were stopped because of something else in the past.
As success means different things to different people, many people have some resistance to this word. Whether it is a fear of failure or a fear of success, people sometimes sabotage the success that is within their reach.
“Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.” ~ W. Clement Stone
You may wonder how you made it when others didn’t, or what took so long to become a success? For many, it’s timing. For others, no one wants what you offer. For one reason or another, this happens many more times than you think. Persistence is a mindset you require to move yourself forward.
Success on Your Terms
“Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get.” ~ Unknown
The term “success” means the accomplishment of self-determined goals. Success is achieved through various means. There is no time limit to success, especially regarding when it needs to take place, how old you need to be, when the timing is right, etc. As weeks turn into years, it sometimes takes a long road to get here. There’s no shortage of ideas at any age. If you don’t generate and create ideas in your early years, you may just have them later in life.
Being patient doesn’t mean sitting and waiting for things to happen. It means that you keep working on your goals over the long-term, without getting discouraged when things don’t work out quickly.
Second Time Around
“Success will be within your reach only when you start reaching out for it.” ~ Stephen Richards
Don’t feel like it’s too late to achieve a significant amount of success. Many of the most successful people did start at a young age. On the other hand, many over the age of 30, 40, 50, and even 60 have been creating success, so you can too. There are way too many to list here – just google it and you’ll be amazed at what you find.
We all face unforeseen obstacles. Sometimes obstacles cause you to put aside your ideas before you can act on them. Many people don’t return to working on those ideas. Others return to a previous idea that later becomes a success.
There is research that finds after you reach a certain age that you may be more open to opportunities than when you were younger. Some people reimagine possibilities when they get older. Others continue the same way as they’ve always done. Life’s second half can be a great time to try new things and explore life’s possibilities.
The Secret to Your Success
“The secret of success is to understand the viewpoints of others.” ~ Henry Ford
The secrets to success are not found in any formula or cookbook approach. Everyone has their own secret to success. You may have heard the saying, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This works for many people as being an overnight success is rare.
“Success will be within your reach only when you start reaching out for it.” ~ Stephen Richards
Late Bloomers
“I’ll tell you, there is nothing better in life than being a late bloomer. I believe that success can happen at any time and at any age. ~ Salma Hayek
Many people feel that by the age of 50 or 60, they have done everything they should in life. Being ‘over the hill’ is only a state of mind. Research has shown that finding one's way later in life can bring achievement and long-term success. Late bloomers fulfill their potential later than expected. They fulfill their potential frequently in novel and unexpected ways.
Anyone with a ‘big’ birthday, whatever that means, coming up needs to realize that early success doesn’t necessarily lead to lasting success. If you haven’t already reached your definition of success, don’t beat yourself up for that. You still have the opportunity to be a success, even if it is for yourself.
As you move throughout your life, it may be easy to look back and regret all the goals you haven’t achieved. Some people do nothing about them, and others decide to work on them. Unfortunately, you can’t go backwards. Every day is a fresh start to create your own second chance. There are many who become successful later in life, even though they don’t look for fortune and fame.
Celebrate Your Success
Celebrate small victories along the way and recognize that many small wins help you lead to a big win and greater fulfillment. Learn from failures that occur through the process. Use them as a basis for encouragement instead of being discouraged by them. You may regularly overcome challenges and setbacks as success rarely comes without the need to face obstacles along the way. The idea of persistence allows you to push through difficulties as you learn from failures and continue to strive toward your end goal.
It’s never too late to leave your mark on the world! Success is rarely a straight path. It’s often paved with obstacles, setbacks, and disappointments. So next time you face a setback, remember – it’s not about falling, it’s about getting back up. Adaptability, persistence, and consistency are key traits common among successful individuals.
“Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.” ~ Stephen King
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