Some people are lucky. They find their purpose early in life.
We’ve all had that one friend who from the time they were young, knew exactly what they wanted to do with their life. One of my high school friends always wanted to be a graphic designer. She studied art in high school, graduated from university with a degree in Graphic Design, and twenty years later, still works in the profession. And not only works, but thrives. She loves what she does, and bounds out of bed every day with energy and excitement for the day ahead.
For others, it can take a long time to find their calling. In our hearts, we all wish for a life filled with meaning, but sometimes our purpose can be really hard to find. We become so busy with life that we eventually give up on our goals and dreams.
But, a number of well-known men and women didn’t find their calling until later in life. Some had bounced back after hardship and rejection, while others simply didn’t find what it was they were meant to do until the second half of their lives.
If you often wonder what your purpose is, or are concerned that you’ve left it too late to find out, find inspiration in some of the world’s most celebrated figures.
At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job. Imagine firing Oprah!
Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was 41, and has now gone on to star in hundreds of movies.
At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a single parent living on welfare, desperately worried about how to support her family and pay the bills. Then she wrote a ‘little’ book called ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. 12 major publishers first rejected the book, before a small publisher gave her a shot. Today, J.K Rowlings is said to be a billionaire, and her books have been made into Hollywood blockbusters.
At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker before discovering her true calling in food.
At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer. It was his time working as a janitor that inspired him to create his first published novel Carrie, and he’s now gone on to sell millions and millions of books world-wide.
Harlan David Sanders was 65 when KFC was born. He was broke, his first marriage had ended, and he’d been fired from dozens of jobs before opening his first fried chicken restaurant.
Julia Child was 49 years old when her 1st cookbook ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ was published.
And who can forget Susan Boyle taking the stage at the age of 47 on Britain’s Got Talent to belt out her rendition of ‘I’ve Dreamed a Dream’. She was mocked and ridiculed by the audience, who were quickly silenced by her breathtaking voice. She’s now gone on to release album after album, perform with some of her singing idols, and life the life of her dreams.
If you often feel that you’re not capable of becoming the person you were meant to be, or barely know who she would be, take comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone, and it’s never too late.
“I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. … If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Steve JObs
Tell me in the comments below which well-known person’s story most resonates with you and why.
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