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There is No Expiration Date on Dreaming!

Marion Charatan

Posted on August 11, 2017 18:51

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Just ask former President GW Bush or Susan Boyle, who on the surface might seem to have nothing in common but in reality actually do -- tenacity, talent and a passion for something outside of themselves.

I like the concept that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.  It really isn’t. It’s easy to get hung up on the notion that you’re 40 now, 50 or beyond, and you can’t pursue what you want to do because you’re too ‘long in the tooth.’

Remember Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer who obtained international recognition  when she appeared as a contestant on Britain's Got Talent back in April 2009?  Boyle sang a magnificent rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. I was literally floored listening to her masterful soprano solo. Today, the now 57-year-old talent has a net worth estimated at $40 million plus and holds the honor of having Britain's best-selling debut album of all time with her first record "I Dreamed a Dream." She’s still going strong, has toured the world and will be back with a new album at the end of this year, according to music mogul Simon Cowell. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/2487838/susan-boyle-britains-got-talent-where-now-latest/

Another person who followed his passion is former President George W. Bush, who is now 71. Irrespective of your political affiliation, if you take a look at Bush’s work, you will likely agree the man has artistic talent. https://www.cnn.com/2017/02/27/politics/george-w-bush-paintings/index.html

President Bush started painting after he left office in 2009. However, he didn’t feel comfortable going public with his newfound hobby, at least not until later on. Bush had been inspired by British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, who was an accomplished artist. The ex-president found painting relaxing and and hoped his dedication to art would inspire others to pursue their dreams. He eventually hired an art teacher to help him with his technique and more so to discover his "inner Rembrandt." https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-making-history-winston-churchill-made-paintings

Following your soul does not only apply to those engaged in artistic ventures like painting or writing—it can also apply to careers in technology. In an article from Positively Positive! By Dr. Dragos, the author stated “the average age of successful entrepreneurs is 40.” Dragos disputed the the common belief that young entrepreneurs ideas morph into billion-dollar companies overnight. According to Duke University's Director of Research Vivek Wadhwa at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, “Twice as many successful entrepreneurs are over 50 as under 25. The vast majority—75 percent—have more than six years of industry experience, and half have more than ten years when they create their start-up,” She went on to say, in the Washington Post, that most most entrepreneurs are between 55 and 64 years old.

This is encouraging news to those folks who feel their lives are over if they had't attained their dreams when they were young.  It's never to late to dream -– and turn that dream into a reality and hopefully prosper. https://medium.com/the-mission/9-late-bloomer-success-stories-who-prove-its-never-too-late-to-achieve-your-dreams-b036688da6f

Marion Charatan

Posted on August 11, 2017 18:51

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