You know what, there is no better feeling than waking up on a beautiful Friday morning, the sun is shining, the temperature is in the 70's, there is a slight breeze with an aroma of freshly mowed grass in the air, your beautiful woman is busy scurrying around the house making herself even more beautiful to start the day, the coffee is hot and the birds are chirping.
This is what life is all about !!!
The best part of this scene is that I have the opportunity to do whatever you want today.
It's my decision and it's your decision to do whatever you want with your life today.
If you aren't feeling 100% intoxicated with life at this moment.....if you aren't ready and raring to go out and attack the world.......if you aren't feeling like everything you do, see and say today will be wonderful, astonishing, amazing astounding, sensational, remarkable, magnificent and phenomenal then make a change.
Make it right now.
In past blogs, I have given you examples of people like us, in our 50's, mostly regular people that made the decision to re-invent their lives and have been incredibly successful at it.
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I'm sure they are waking up today feeling exactly like I do.
I'm sure that folks like Chris Gardner and Barbara Hannah Grufferman and are honestly and completely satisfied with the decisions they made to change their lives.
It wasn't easy but it is better, much better than what they had.
They were unhappy with their lives.
Even worse, most of these folks did not even know that they were unhappy with the way their lives were going.
These folks were relatively average (I use this term lightly) achievers and in some cases were considered relatively successful from a business standpoint.
These folks asked themselves the same tough questions (I don't use this term lightly) that you do everyday:
What do I want to do with my life?
What do I want from my life?
What is my passion?
How can I truly begin to find my true essence?
Is it possible to make things better?
They are folks you now know by name.
You see them on TV and in magazines and in the newspaper.
You read bout them in books.
Heck, you probably have read their books in some cases.
Well, today I am going to give you some fantastic examples of people who will prove to you that you can still reinvent your lives, do what you want and be successful at it.....very successful !!!
Yes.............................."YOU CAN STILL GET IT DONE AT 55".
Sure, Reagan had a great life before he hit his 50's.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology in college and went on to become a radio announcer in the 1930's.
This led to a wonderful film career and as Nancy Reagan would attest, he was no slouch as an actor, but he wasn't elected to his first public office until he was 55 years old.
55 YEARS OLD.
In 1966 Reagan won California's gubernatorial race by over a million votes.
Prior to his election to the highest office on the planet, Reagan had done some politicking as the president of the Screen Actors Guild and as spokesman for General Electric, but nothing on his resume made him look like a sure-fire two-term president.
Ronald Reagan became President of the United States 16 days before his 70th birthday.
Here was a man that could re-invent himself.
Ray Kroc was 52 years old in 1954.
He was a milk shake machine salesman.
One day he happened on a hamburger stand in San Bernardino, California and instead of selling the McDonald brothers his machine, he bought the business and the rest is one of the greatest success stories ever.
Ray Kroc became a pioneer in the fast food industry.
In 1960, Kroc had more than 200 McDonald franchises in the U.S., but he barely earned a profit.
It was time to re-invent himself so Ray started to prosper when he started the Franchise Realty Corporation which bought up property and leased it to franchisees.
With the profits from real estate, Kroc started advertising to support the franchises, and expanded in the 1970’s across the globe.
Kroc went on to accumulate $500 million dollars in assets.
NOT TOO SHABBY CONSIDERING HE DIDN'T REALLY GET FOCUSED ON WHAT HE WANTED TO DO WITH HIS LIFE UNTIL HE WAS IN HIS LATE 50'S.
One of the oldest success stories of re-inventing your life comes from the owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Harlan David Sanders, well known as Colonel Sanders.
This man was 65 years old when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Did you hear me, 65 years old.
Don't tell me now you couldn't start a restaurant business (or any business that is your passion) as a 50 year old.
I would laugh at you and fart in your general direction you silly person.
Kentucky Fried Chicken was a brand new business idea for him.
In his youth, Sanders worked many different jobs from farming to steamboat pilot to insurance salesman.
When he turned 40 years old, he started a service station and sold chicken dinners to his patrons.
Over a number of years he developing the way he pressure fried the chicken.
As the demand for his special chicken grew, he opened a restaurant.
As fate would have it, a major interstate was built, which diverted traffic away from the road his restaurant was on.
Sanders decided to franchise his business and Kentucky Fried Chicken was born.
If Harlan had not reinvented himself in his early 50's we would never have the pleasure of experiencing those 11 herbs and spices that tempt our taste buds.
Child attended Westridge Polytechnic School from fourth grade to ninth grade, then the Katherine Branson School in Ross, California, which was at the time a boarding school.
At six feet, two inches tall, Child played tennis, golf, and basketball as a child and continued to play sports while attending Smith College, from which she graduated in 1934 with a major in English.
Following her graduation from college, Child moved to New York City, where she worked as a copywriter for the advertising department of upscale home-furnishing firm W. & J. Sloane.
Returning to California in 1937, she spent the next four years writing for local publications and working in advertising.
It wasn't until the 1970's that she followed her "cooking" passion and soon became the star of numerous television programs, including Julia Child & Company, Julia Child & More Company and Dinner at Julia's.
In 198, she founded The American Institute of Wine & Food, with vintners Robert Mondavi and Richard Graff, and others, to "advance the understanding, appreciation and quality of wine and food," a pursuit she had already begun with her books and television appearances.
One of her famous quotes from the 70's :
“Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
Takichiro Mori was an economics professor until he left academia at age 55 to become a real estate investor in 1959.
Mori had recently inherited a couple of buildings from his father, and he jumped headfirst into Tokyo's real estate scene.
Mori started his second career by investing in the Minato ward where he spent his childhood, and within a matter of years he was presiding over Japan's real estate boom.
When Mori died in 1993, he was Forbes' two-time reigning world's richest man with a net worth of around $13 billion.
He was basically the Japanese precursor to Warren Buffett.
The Englishman is considered to be the world's first technical writer on the rules of card games and he didn't begin this side of his professional life until he was in his 60's.
In the mid 1700's he first began recording the rules of various card games and over the last 27 years of his life he sold books and manuscripts to tutor members of high society on his games.
His smash hit "A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist" went through over a dozen editions just during his lifetime.
Have you ever heard of the the husband-and-wife team of Tim and Nina Zagat?
They are the creators behind the popular dining surveys and travel guides of the same name.
Both were corporate lawyers when they first started printing their restaurant guides.
Eventually the guides became so popular that Tim left his job as corporate counsel for Gulf & Western to manage the business in 1986 when he was 51 years old.
Nina eventually left the corporate law world to work on the dining surveys as well.
How about Laura Ingalls Wilder?
Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" may be some of the world's most beloved children's books, but she was no spring chicken when she sat down to write them.
Wilder didn't publish her first novel until she was 65 years old, but she still managed to crank out one of the most beloved series of all time.
Or how about Wallace Amos, Jr. who started his Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie Company in 1975, when he was 41 years old.
Did you know that he very first African American talent agent in the William Morris Talent Agency? .
It is Wally Amos who discovered the singing careers of Simon and Garfunkel.
Amos went on to work with Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and Sam Cook.
But it was years later when Amos moved to Los Angeles to set up his own talent agency.
It failed and he struggled to get out of debt and re establish himself in business.
With little else to do, he started to find comfort in baking chocolate chip cookies.
His new success story begins. Amos adjusted his Aunt’s recipe and opened his first cookie store in 1975.
He started franchising his cookie ideas and it became a great success coast to coast.
Here's a few more just because this list can go on for a long time..........
- Raymond Chandler was 51 years old when his first novel The Big Sleep was published.
- Grandma Moses began painting at age 75
- If you have heard of the novel Ben Hur, you have heard of Lew Wallace. He was 53 years old and it became the best selling novel in the 19th century, it has never been out of print.
- At 70 years old, Golda Meir became the 4th prime minister of Israel. At the age of 49, she was Israel’s ambassador to the Soviet Union.
- Dr. Ruth Westheimer gained fame at the age of 53, as a sex expert and continued to teach courses at Yale Universities into her 80's.
- Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile when he was 45 years old. At the age of 60, he created the first car assembly line.
- Charles Darwin wrote the Origins of Species when he was 50 years old through his years of observing nature.
Let me know why you won't make a change today.
Maybe I'll just leave you with a line from a famous song that you can sing if you get bored with what you are currently doing............
"Work your fingers to the bone, what do you get..........boney fingers, boney fingers."
- Hoyt Axton
Thanks for joining me......................................................