Infographic: 15 Inspiring People Who Success Later In Life

One question for you: At what age are you supposed to get rid of your dreams? The answer is “NEVER”!

How old is too old to achieve your dreams? If you want to start a business, become a great leader, change careers or just do something new, something different in your rest of your life, at what point is it just too late to be successful? As we said as above, the answer always is never. In case you need to little inspiration to show you that i can be done no matter what age you’ve reached, here are 15 inspiring people who never saw real success until late life.

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1. Joseph Conrad

He was a write regarded as one of the greatest novelists to writ in English language. Though he spoke no English fluently until his twenties, he was a master prose stylish who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature

2. Paul Cezanne

He was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. He used planes of color and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields.

3. Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano started at 23, and won the Heavyweight Title and reitred undefeated champion. He started fighting as a professional boxer in 1948, winning a fight against Harry Bilizarian. He then went on to win his first 16 fights. In 1952, he beat Jersey Joe Walcott for the world heavyweight championship. Marciano defended his title six times.

4. J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the famous British author of the worldwide attention gaining Harry Potter series. She thought of Harry Potter in 1990 when she was 25. Philosopher’s Stone came out in 1997, when she was 32. She completed the series in 2007, aged 42.

5. Sylvester Stallone

He went on to become one of the biggest action stars in the world, reprising his characters from Rocky and First Blood (1982) for several sequels on his age of 30. Following a mid-career decline, he rediscovered box-office success with a series of action films that included The Expendables (2010) and has earned critical acclaim reprising his Rocky role in Creed (2015), winning his first Golden Globe and receiving another Oscar nomination.

6. Vincent Van Gogh

He was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life in France, where he died.

7. Alan Rickman

Speaking of Harry Potter, Rickman’s breakout performance was at the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which was a role he earned at age 36.

8. Reid Hoffman

He is an American internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. Hoffman was the co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, a business-oriented social network used primarily for professional networking. Reid Hoffman launched business networking site LinkedIn at 35.

9. Julia Child

Her first cookbook was published when she was 39; she made her television debut in The French Chef at age 51.

10. Vera Wang

Wang was first known as an accomplished figure skater and a fashion editor before deciding before her 1989 wedding, at age 40, that she wanted to be a designer. She commissioned her own wedding dress for $10,000 and opened her first bridal boutique the following year.

11. Martha Stewart

Stewart had worked on Wall Street and owned a Connecticut catering firm, but her real success came after age 41 with the publication of her first book, Entertaining, and the launch of Martha Stewart Living seven years later.

12. Dave McClure

Dave McClure is the founding partner of 500 Startups, a venture capital firm and startup incubator in Silicon Valley founded by PayPal and Google alumni, with over $250M under management.

13. Momofuku Ando

He was a Japanese inventor and businessman who founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd.. He is known as one of the inventors of instant noodles, instant ramen, and Cup Noodles.

14. Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses worked on a farm most of her life. She only started painting in her late seventies after she retired from her farming duties. At the start of her career, Grandma Moses entered some of her paintings into her local county fair, but they did not win any prizes.  Her work was discovered by art collector, Louis Caldor, when found her paintings for sale at the local drug store. Caldor worked on Grandma Moses’ behalf to get her work displayed in museums and galleries.  Grandma Moses enjoyed over twenty years of painting success and became folk art sensation. She painted up until her death at 101 years old.

15. Fauja Singh

The world’s oldest marathon runner ran his last race on Sunday at the age of 101. Fauja Singh finished the Hong Kong marathon’s 10km (6.25 mile) race in a time of one hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds.

See? We still have tons of time to take over the world. Never give up your dream! Achieve your dream while you still alive. is a Business Angel Network accredited by the Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN) the official trade association and governing body for angel investors and angel clubs in Malaysia. We strive to bring entrepreneurs and investors in Asia to fuel the startup ecosystem. 

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