• Success doesn’t always happens when we might think it would. Some people experience success after 60. These people persisted and were recognized for their passions.

    I like these thoughts and the examples. (That’s sculptor Louise Nevelson above.)

     Tips For Making a Career Change After 60

    1. Look back and learn from your past achievements
    2. Realize that positive change happens in steps
    3. Know that you have control over the way you think about things!
    4. Accept and honor your age
    5. Step out of your routine6. Be willing to learn and be open!

     Notable Quotes

    On achieving the title of world’s eldest woman:

    “I had to wait 110 years to become famous.  I wanted to enjoy it as long as possible.” – Jeanne Louise Calment  (1875-1997)

    On being the oldest person to board a U.S. Space Shuttle at age 77:

    “Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar.” – John Glenn (1921-)

    On getting older as a rock star:

    “I was quite scared of getting old in my 40s, but as I approach 60 – you learn to embrace getting older.” – David Bowie

    On keeping active:

    “As we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping out minds active and open.” –  Clint Eastwood


     These people did it and so can you. Do you have other examples you want to add?

    Louise Nevelson

    Her photo is above. Born in 1899, she struggling to support herself and her passion for unusual modern sculptures.  At 59  she joined the Martha Jackson Gallery, which provided a guaranteed income. At 61, she had her first one-woman show. At 63 she sold her first piece to a museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art.  At 70 she began creating her outdoor sculpture.  “Remember, I was in my early seventies when I came into monumental outdoor sculpture … I had been through the enclosures of wood. I had been through the shadows. I had been through the enclosures and come out into the open.”   At 80. The Louise Nevelson Plaza was created in lower Manhattan. As her art was recognized and her income stabilized, she developed her famous personal style for dramatic clothes, scarves and long false eyelashes.

    Laura Ingalls Wilderac1

    – Didn’t publish her first book until she was 64.
    – Published “Little House in the Big Woods” in 1932 and continued the series about herself and her family, ending with “These Happy Golden Years” in 1943, at age 76.

    Nelson Mandela

    – In 1994, when he was almost 76, Mandela was elected president of South Africa in the first election that was open to all races in that country’s history.ac2Frank McCourt

    – Didn’t take up writing until he was 65. Before that, he was a teacher.
    – Wrote ‘Angela’s Ashes’, the story of his dire childhood.
    – Received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Books Critics Circle Award.

    ac3ac4Ronald Reagan

    – Became the 40th President of the United States aged 70.

    Petac5er Roget

    – Created Roget’s Thesaurus aged 73.
    – Suffering from OCD, the only thing that would calm him down was making random lists.
    – He therefore started on the infinite project of creating a list of synonymous words.

    Sharon Osbourne

    – At  50 she starred in the 2002 MTV reality show “The Osbournes” with the rest of her family.
    – Osbourne had a short stint as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and at 62 is now a co-host on “The Talk” on CBS.

    ac6Julia Child

    – Just months before her 50th birthday, Julia Child collaborated on her first French cooking book, entitled Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It catapulted her into an overnight sensation in the culinary world.

    ac7Colonel Sandersac8

    Just months before her 50th birthday, Julia Child collaborated on her first French cooking book, entitled Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It catapulted her into an overnight sensation in the culinary world.

    ac9Charles Darwin

    – Darwin was 50 years old when he published his complete theory of evolution in On the Origin of Species which sold out the first day it was released and subsequently had six editions.

     Nevelson photo credit: Blendspace

    by: Helen O’Keefe Homecareplus

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    1. Alice2000 says:

      Love these examples – so diverse. My issue is finding that strong interest after my work life is over. Any suggestions?

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