It's never too late. (Enough time)

Is there still time

An important lesson from history is that many people are late-achievers and produced their best works in the second-half of life. While no one knows when their time is up, there is still time to have a go. Thinking ‘there is not enough time’ has spoilt many dreams. It's never too late. For example, at some point all of the following decided there was enough time.

Business ventures

  • Harland Sanders started KFC at age 62.
  • Ray Kroc started McDonald franchises at age 52.


  • Katsu suke Yanagisawa climbed Mount Everest at age 71.
  • At 98 year old named Dimitrion Yordanidis completed a 26 mile Marathon.

Public service

  • Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa in his 80’s.
  • Ronald Reagan became the president of the US at age 70.

Career change

  • The famous doctor Albert Schweitzer only started medical studies at age 38.


  • The famous artist Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses) only started painting at age 78. At least one of her art pieces has sold for over US$1 million.
  • Picasso completed some of his best painting after 70.


Many authors started their books late in life.

  • The author James Michener only began writing in his 40’s.
  • Frank McCourt (author of the bestseller / movie “Angela’s Ashes”) only became a successful author in his 60’s.

I have just returned from a school reunion. I find these reunions fascinating and sometimes a little sad. It is interesting to find out – who is recognizable, what people have done, their stories, how kindly or otherwise the years have treated their appearances etc. What is sad is seeing people who have so much talent and potential but seem in a rut. Yet, for them there is still time to give something new a try. Can you provide examples of people who decided later in life … that there is still time.


  • "Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” Alexander Graham Bell quotes (Telephone inventor)
  • “He that always thinks it is too soon is sure to come too late” German Proverb quotes
  • "There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late." Og Mandino
  • “I don’t feel eighty. In fact I don’t feel anything till noon. Then it’s time for my nap” (Bob Hope)
  • "The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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