I often have people tell me they think they are "too old" to:

  • Learn another language
  • Go back to school
  • Rebuild broken relationships
  • Follow their passions
  • Start a business

And the list goes on and on.  Have you ever used that excuse for not doing something worthwhile? Here's a site where you can plug in any age and see some notable things done by others that same age: Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age. Just go here, put in your age and prepare to be encouraged - you can do more than you think!

  • At age 99, Teiichi Igarashi climbed Mt. Fuji
  • At age 62, J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings.
  • At age 46, Golfer Jack Nicklaus became the oldest man ever to win the Masters
  • At age 32, penniless and unemployed, Buckminster Fuller decided against suicide, resolving instead to live out the rest of his life as an experiment to see what one person could do to help humanity.
  • At age 19, Henry David Thoreau delivered a Harvard commencement address. Expanding on Emerson's 1836 essay on "Nature", he proposed that man should work one day a week and leave six free for the "sublime revelations of nature."
  • At age 27, Fred Smith founded Federal Express.
  • At age 12, Filmmaker Steven Spielberg got his first movie camera and spent hours writing scripts, drawing storyboards and making movies of subjects such as head-on miniature train crashes and an exploding pressure cooker full of cherries jubilee.
  • At age 17, Artificial heart developer Robert Jarvik began working on his first invention, a surgical stapler.
  • At 26, Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Italy

Okay, so maybe you won't conquer any country this year, but I'll bet you could do more than you have planned at this point.

So what have you done today??

February 24, 2010


 Dan Miller is today's leading authority and personality on careers and 'Work You LoveTM'. As bestselling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love, and now No More Mondays, Dan reaches over a million people every month in his newsletter, podcast, and blog with the best trends and opportunities in the workplace and small business. For more information, visit http://www.48days.com.