They say that if at first you don’t succeed, try again. Although some people believe that the possibility of achieving the peak of success diminishes after the big 3-0, people like Vera Wang, Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and other millionaires have proved that life really begins after you’re done with your 20s.
We acknowledge the success of absurdly famous people and some of them were born with a silver spoon in their mouths. We know where they are now, we know where they are heading, but we forget to humanise them. They may hold the recipe for success now, but in their 20s, they were just like us: dreaming of spreading their wings and waiting for their lives to start. Finding success after 30 does not happen by chance and regardless of the sleepless nights, the countless rejections and loads of disappointment, these people who did not lose sight of ambitions. This is a story of 10 ordinary people who were, for all intents and purposes, late bloomers.
She is one of the most influential women in the world, but Oprah Winfrey’s life cannot be sugarcoated by the sound success she had after she turned 30. Although she was given the chance to co-host the talk-show AM Chicago when she was 29, she achieved real success by hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired when she turned 30. The show that transformed her into an idol started broadcasting at national level on September 8, 1986, when she was 32.
Martha Stewart spent her 20s as a stockbroker , but her love for decorating and restoring became evident in her 30s, when she and her husband purchased an 1805 farmhouse with the hope of restoring it.
Her catering business started in her basement, which eventually led to the creation of books and ultimately her own company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She became a billionaire after she decided to change her career. She was over 30.
During her 20s, the only thing Vera Wang was known for was related to her inability to make it to the U.S. Olympics figure-skating team. She began her career as an editor at Vogue, but she decided to change her life when she was refused the chance to become editor-in-chief.
She started designing wedding gowns when she turned 40 and she quickly became one of the most appreciated fashion designers in the world.
Seven years after Rowling graduated from college, she was certain that she had failed at life. However, her luck changed at 32, when her first Harry Potter book was published. She was rejected by a dozen publishers before Bloomsbury began printing the wildly successful Harry Potter in 1997.
Nowadays, she is the 12th richest woman in the United Kingdom.
The actor best known for the portrayal of Rocky started his career with a role in a pornographic film. He even sold his dog outside a liquor store to a stranger for $25, because he did not have enough money to survive.
After seeing a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, Stallone wrote the screenplay for Rocky in approximately 20 hours and, although he was offered $325,000 for it, he accepted an offer that gave him the chance to star in his own movie and receive only $35,000. He even got his dog back for $15,000 and offered the man a part in Rocky. He was 30 when he achieved major success.
The problem with the young Jon Hamm was that he looked too old to play young roles and too young to play old roles. He became a waiter and remained in this position until he acquired a role in the television show Providence, when he was 30. At 36, he became Don Draper in Mad Men and outshined 80 actors during auditions.
During her 20s, Julia Child worked as a copywriter for local publications in advertising. However, her life changed when she moved to Paris with her husband. At the time, Child was 36. She soon became interested in French cuisine and enrolled in the renowned Le Cordon Bleu to master the art of cooking. She published Mastering the Art of French Cooking by the time she was 50 and inspired people around the world to start cooking.
John Paul DeJoria
Nowadays, John Paul DeJoria is a billionaire who owns 70 per cent of Patron tequila. However, the road to success was paved with many failures from the moment DeJoria was fired from Redken. When he was 36, he laid the foundations for John Paul Mitchell systems with the help of a $700 loan and the rest is history.
Harland “Colonel” Sanders
KFC’s Colonel Sanders may be a face that is recognized worldwide, but Harland Sanders was still running a lousy service station at the age of 40. At 64, his restaurant went bankrupt, so after cashing his first social security check and using all his savings, he created Kentucky Fried Chicken. Ten years later KFC was “born,” there were 600 franchises across the United States and Canada.
Before becoming the famous Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel’s first book was rejected by 20 publishers. He was 34 at the time. He started writing children’s books in his 40s and he wrote 46 published books throughout his career.