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Late Bloomers Success Stories

Success Stories are Not Bound by Age

Success truly knows no boundaries. Many people have achieved their dreams later life. Success stories can be achieved at any age.As we live longer and longer, the ages between 50 and 80 is becoming a time for reinventing ourselves, pursuing our dreams and coming into our own terms of self understanding. Around the age of 50, people are discovering a renewed creativity. Empowered by greater life experiences, an inner freedom, and better confidence, many people are able to blossom. The years have enabled them to turn their long delayed seeds of ideas into a garden of dreams.

Colonial Sanders

One of the oldest success stories is The owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Harlan David Sanders, well known as Colonel Sanders. He was 65 years old when he started Kentucy Fried Chicken. 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.

Age and Success

McDonald's and Ray Kroc

McDonalds was started by Ray Kroc, when most people his age were retiring.  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 Bernandino, California and instead of selling the McDonald brothers his machine, he bought the business the rest is one of the greatest success stories. Ray Kroc became a pioneer in the fast food industry. He started a uniform system of production for the hamburgers, milk shakes, and french fries, so that the food tasted the same in each of the franchises throughout the country and eventually the world.  In 1960, Kroc had more than 200 McDonald franchises in the U.S., but he barely earned a profit. He 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. From creating an assembly line food production to welcoming ideas from his franchisees, McDonald’s has known great success and is often a model for other fast food establishments. Kroc went on to accumulate  $500 million dollars in assets.  


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Wallace Amos, Jr. started his  Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie Company in 1975, when he was 41 years old.  Amos lived with his Aunt Della after his parents divorced, when he was very young. His Aunt baked delicious homemade chocolate chip and pecan cookies. This motivated Amos to enroll in the Food Trades Vocational High School to study culinary arts for 2 years. Afterwards he joined the Air Force for 4 years. When he returned back to his home in New York, he worked as a stock boy at Saks 5th Ave and then in the mailroom at the William Morris Talent Agency. He moved up the ladder and became the very first African American talent agent in the company. 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.  Years later Amos moved to Los Angeles, California to set up his own talent agency. But 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 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.  But in 1985, due to mismanagement he had to sell off pieces of his company, which was bought by The Shansby Group. Amos tried to start another cookie company named Wally Amos Presents Chip and Cookie, but was forced to cease production from a lawsuit filed by The Shansby Group.   Famous Amos brand cookies have been owned by the Keebler Company since 1998. Amos became the spokesman for the cookie product.

Success is Not Bound by Age

Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 years old when she started to write he series.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 years old when she started to write he series.

Late Blooming Writers and Painters

No matter what card game you play, it is due to Edmond Hoyle. He was the first to write down and copyright the details of the rules of many card games, chess, backgammon, and other games of his time period. His claim to fame in card game rules came about when he was 70 years old. Hoyle’s name appears on hundreds of books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder became a journalist in her forties, and was 65 years old when she started writing the Little House on the Prarie series.

Wallace Stevens won a Pulitzer Prize for his “Collected Poems” he wrote. He was 76 years old.

Raymond Chandler was 45 when his detective story “Blackmailers Don’t Shoot,” was first published in a magazine. He was 51 years old when his first novel The Big Sleep was published.

Grandma Moses began painting at age 75

Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses was 75 years old when she began painting

Grandma Moses was 75 years old when she began painting

Late Bloomers and Successful Second Careers

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 the age of 51 he became the New Mexico Territory governor, from 1878-1881. He was very busy as governor. He tried to make a deal with Billy the Kid to become an informant, by pardoning him of his crimes, but it didn’t work. It was also while he was governor that he wrote Ben Hur.

As a young man, John William Corrington became an English professor after he graduated college. He and his wife wrote several screen plays for movies, including Battle for the Planet of the Apes. When Corrington was 43, he graduated law school. But after practicing for a few years, at the age of 46 he and his wife became head writers for several soap operas including Search for Tomorrow, General Hospital, Capitol, and several other daytime shows.

Zagat Guide

Tim Zagat of the restaurant guide fame, was 44 years old when he started the Zagat Restaurant Guide. When he was 51 years old in 1986, when he left his job as a coporate lawyer for Gulf and Western Corporation. Both Tim and Nina were Yale University Law School graduates. His wife, Nina of the same age, soon left her job as a lawyer to join the company and work with her husband.

Great Leaders at Any Age

Golda Meir at 70 years old became Israel's Prime Minister.

Golda Meir at 70 years old became Israel's Prime Minister.

Nelson Mandela became South Africa's oldest President at 74 years old.

Nelson Mandela became South Africa's oldest President at 74 years old.

Ronald Reagan became President of the United States 16 days before his 70th birthday.

Ronald Reagan became President of the United States 16 days before his 70th birthday.

Leaders of Countries and Politics- Success at any Age

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.

She was born in Russia, but raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She became the foreign minister of Israel at age 55, and retired at age 66, but came out of retirement at 70 and served for 4 years, to become the first female head of the country.

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The average age of the men who have served as president of the United States is 54 years and 11 months.

The youngest was Teddy Roosevelt, age 42, the oldest, Ronald Regan, who became President 16 days before his 70th birthday.

Carolyn McCarthy became a U.S. Congresswoman for the first time at the age of 56 to advocate for gun control after her husband was killed and her son injured in a random train shooting.

Nelson Mandela became the oldest elected president of South Africa in 1994, when he was 74 years old. Prior to this, he was imprisioned for life, anti apartheid activity.

He was released after 27 years in 1990, and led his party towards a multi racial democracy.

Famous Celebrities Who Became Successful When They Were Older

Julia Child was 49 years old when she started to write her cookbooks. At 51, she became a television personality.

Julia Child was 49 years old when she started to write her cookbooks. At 51, she became a television personality.

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.

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.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Julia Child

Dr. Ruth Westheimer survived WWII by being sent to a Switzerland orphanage by her parents who stayed behind in Germany, and were met by the hands of the Nazis..  She trained to be a psychologist in France in the 1950’s and immigrated to the U.S. She continued her post doctoral education in human sexuality. At 53, she became a household name across the country, for her late night radio call in show fielding questions as a psychosexual therapist. As of 2009, at the age of 81, she was still teaching a few courses at Yale University.

Julia Child was 49 years old when her 1st cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, became was published.  At 51 years old she gained television fame  cooking show, which premiered in 1963.  At the age of 69, she was became co-founder of the American Institute of Wine and Food to help advance the knowledge of food and wine through restaurants. In 1984, at the age of 72, she completed the series of 6 videotapes about “The Way to Cook”.

Oldest Olympic Champion

Oscar Swahn at the Olympics in 1912.

Oscar Swahn at the Olympics in 1912.

Thesaurus, Penicillin, and a Gold Medalist

Peter Mark Roget was born in 1779. He was a British doctor was i influencial in the techonology of motion pictures. He was forced to retire, but at the age of 73, published a famous book we still used today. He is best known for Roget’s Thesaurus, first known as “Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition”. His book has never been out of print since it was published in 1852.

At the age of 47, Sir Alexander Fleming, a British doctor and scientist specializing in studying bacteria discovered penicillin. Years later in 1941, at the age of 43, Howard Florey purified and tested the penicillin vaccine. Ernest Chain was 39, when he created the 1st large scale production plant to produce penicillin. By 1945, penicillin became commercially available. In 1945, all three men were awarded the Nobel Prize, Fleming was 64, Florey was 47, and Chain was 39.

Believe it or not, the oldest Olympic champion, Oscar Swahn, won his 1st and 2nd gold medal when he was 60 years old in 1908 in the deer shooting competition (no deer are actually hurt). He returned to the Olympics in 1912 and won another gold medal. In 1920, he returned again to the Olympics, and won the silver medal, holding the record as the oldest medalist in the Olympics. He was 72 years old at the time.

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin continued to be innovative, even as he got older

Ben Franklin continued to be innovative, even as he got older

Ben Franklin, Henry Ford and Charles Darwin

Benjamin Franklin could also be considered a late bloomer, although he had done so much in his early life too and has many success stories. Throughout his years he continued to expand on his genius. He was 46 years old when he experimented with electricity using his kite. At 47, he won the Copley Award, an early version of the Nobel Prize. When he was 47 to 49 years old, he invented bifocals, the catheter, and the Franklin Stove. He was elected to the Continental Congress at age 69. At 70 he signed the Declaration of Independence, making him the oldest signer. When he was 77 years old, he negotiated the Treaty of Paris, which put an end to the Revolutionary War. At 81, he signed the U.S.Constitution.

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 whe he was 50 years old through his years of observing nature.

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Success At Any Age

Ramen Noodles

The Japanese businessman Momofuke Ando at the age of 48 invented instant Ramen Noodles with his company, Nissin Foods, which he started 10 years before. Over the years it grew to be a multimillion dollar food company built on dried, fried noodles that he sold in plastic square formed noodles and foam cups. In 2005, his instant noodles were taken aboard thd Discovery shuttle. Over 100 million people per day eat these products. In 2006, Cup Noodles introduced in 1971 was used by 25 billion people across the globe.

The Invention of the Taser

The inventor of the Taser, Jack Cover, was a nuclear physicist. He worked in the aerospace and defense industry supplying parts for the Apollo project run by NASA.
He was 50 years old when he started his company, Taser, Inc. in 1970.  In 1974, he received a patent for his invention which was designed to disable an assailant without using a nonlethal weapon. Today, more than 13,000 law enforcement organizations worldwide, use the Taser.  

Owner of the Honda Motor Company

Soichiro Honda was 42 years old when he formed the Honda Motor Company in 1948. He created the motorbike by attaching a small engine to a bicycle This success led him to designing a small motorcycle and within 10 years of starting Honda, he was the leading motorcycle manufacturer in the world. He started manufacturing small engines and cars and the rest is history. In 1988, at the age of 82, he was the 1st Japanese automobile manufacturer to be included in the Automobile Hall of Fame.

Famous and Inspirational Quotes

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Mark Twain

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~John Barrymore

At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment. ~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac

The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth. ~Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. -Oliver Wendell Holmes

Know Yourself

Listen to Your Heart - Your Passions and Dreams Await You

In some cases, you might think it is too late to pursue your dreams. If you listen to others you can be easily influenced by people who say you are too old to start your own business, to be a writer, or to invent the next great thing. People don't know you. They probably don't know anything about you. They may not share your dreams.

If you wait for permission from someone else you might miss opportunities. You know what you are capable of doing. A little fear is fine. But you can go ahead and take those steps towards what you have always wanted to do. The ordinary and the great among us, don't have to be bound by the barrier of age. These “over the hill” success stories are just some of the many people who succeeding in pursuing their dreams later in life.

With the right determination, attitude, and some luck you can see these people are no different than anyone of us. If you are young, have patience, you have a lot to look forward to achieving. If you are older, go for it, knowing today is your day and just maybe we will see you at the top.

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toknowinfo (author) on June 20, 2018:

Thanks Gerry for sharing your story. It is great to know how you have become a success while you had to overcome health obstacles. Keep me updated!

Gerry Glenn Jones from Somerville, Tennessee on June 16, 2018:

This is an outstanding article! You covered so much about so many different people and their successes late in life. I am somewhat an example of them. I was a police officer for 28 years, and my health got bad. I took an early retirement because of this but knew I had to find something to do. At age 55 I started writing and acting and now I am finally enjoying what I'm doing.

toknowinfo (author) on October 15, 2014:

Hi K-Michelle Iam glad you enjoyed this hub and appreciate you taking the time to comment

K. Michelle on October 14, 2014:

Excellent article. I enjoyed the read, very inspiring!

toknowinfo (author) on July 29, 2013:

Thanks Bruce for your inspirational words. I look forward to getting the link to your course documents.


Rev Bruce S Noll HMN from Asheville NC on July 27, 2013:

Not only that ToKnow,

There are retirees who may read your hub and who knows what will happen from there. Inspiration comes in all kinds of packages and yours may be the one that is opened!

Keep up the great work and I will see you again on Hubpages.

Oh, just call be Bruce...please!


toknowinfo (author) on July 27, 2013:

Hi Rev. Bruce, Thank you so much for letting me know how helpful my article is to you. It helps me feel fulfilled in my writing. If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please let me know., and I would love to have a link to your course. You put a smile on my face today, knowing that I helped you.

Rev Bruce S Noll HMN from Asheville NC on July 27, 2013:

Hi ToKnow!

I wanted to let you know that I googled to find articles to support a course I am interviewing to teach at UNC Asheville in the College for Seniors. This hub came up and is right on spot with my course aimed at seniors or those considering retirement. "Building a Life That Matters" is a series that I have been writing here on Hubpages, motivation to get up and go and live a life of quality. I then took the basis for it and produced a course for seniors. It's been a blast and I just wanted to thank you for your hub and ideas here. I will provide a link on my course documents leading to this article. If you have any questions please let me know and gain, Thank YOU!


Rev. B. Stuart Noll

toknowinfo (author) on May 25, 2013:

I am glad you found this article to be helpful and inspirational. Thanks for sharing your comment.

Dinesh on May 25, 2013:

I am so happy to read these story i am only 30 years old but i am so glad to read old age people comments.

Thanks a lot!

toknowinfo (author) on October 29, 2012:

Thank you Dr. Poeta. Your comments have inspired me to continue to write articles like this.

Alex Hills from Washington on October 29, 2012:

Such an inspiration collection of stories. Yes, it is never too late to follow our dreams and reach our true potential.

toknowinfo (author) on October 28, 2012:

Hi WN, I am glad you found this hub motivating. Keep on keepin on. The difference between success and failure is the ones that never give up and never give in. Good Luck in all that you do. If you need more motivation I have other hubs, or I will be happy to write a hub, if you have a certain request.

WNJohns631 on October 28, 2012:

It's great to come across motivating, useful stories like this. Especially when you have one of those days where your ready to just do nothing, or give in to "keepin' on". Thanks for sharing it with us : )

toknowinfo (author) on October 12, 2012:

Hi Debby, Thank you for your inspiring comments. I am very happy you took the time to comment.

Debby Bruck on October 12, 2012:

Dear To Know Info ~ I agree with all others who said this really inspires us to strive and achieve, even later in life. It's not the end until we get there. Blessings, Debby

toknowinfo (author) on September 16, 2012:

I am so glad this article is able to inspire you. Life takes us along a path that can lead to things we can aspire to do. Good luck to you and believe that you can achieve, just have patience for yourself and you might just amaze yourself.

jimmy on September 15, 2012:

am 27 years old i cant find my way in life. but when i read your inspirational i feel something back to life inside me...tnks

Steven Mann on June 04, 2012:

I never expected at the age of 53 to be more creative in solving problems than when I was younger

toknowinfo (author) on April 04, 2012:

Hi Loamejan, Glad you liked this article. We can all use some inspiration, no matter what our age.

Fel Amejan from Philippines on March 30, 2012:

Hi Dim,

This article is full of information. Knowledge is really POWER. by the way I recommend this article to my hub..Really great!

toknowinfo (author) on May 18, 2011:

Hi Dim, I am glad you found this hub inspiring. It really is amazing to see that age doesn't have to be a limitation to achieving what you want.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on May 18, 2011:

A truly inspiring hub.

Thank you very much.


toknowinfo (author) on April 14, 2011:

Hi Ga, Your comments are very true and very wise. Thanks for stopping by and reading. It is nice to get to know you.

toknowinfo (author) on April 14, 2011:

Hi Ga, Your comments are very true and very wise. Thanks for stopping by and reading. It is nice to get to know you.

gajanis from Pakistan on April 14, 2011:

Great motivational doubt it is ones consistency,clear vision and dedication in pursuance of the goal which leads to true success no matter in which age group you are.Thanks.

toknowinfo (author) on April 10, 2011:

Hi Joe, Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you found this inspirational. I hope it helps get you very far.

Joe Sunday on April 10, 2011:

Thanks for this highly inspirational piece.

toknowinfo (author) on April 09, 2011:

Hi Susannah, I hope this helps you know that the best is yet to be.

toknowinfo (author) on April 09, 2011:

Hi Tom, Hey who said I was old enough.(LOL) Actually what inspired me to write this was a 23 year old who asked me how long will it take for him to be successful in business. Thanks for the up rating. I am always happy when you visit.

toknowinfo (author) on April 09, 2011:

Hi Tc, Thanks for stopping by and reading. I appreciate your kind words.

susannah42 from Florida on April 09, 2011:

I recently retired and am still working. A whole new outlook.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on April 09, 2011:

Hi toknowinfo, glad to hear there is still time to be success, if you keep writing hub like this your success will be coming soon !

Awesome hub !!!

tcfsu from Tallahassee, Florida on April 09, 2011:

Very encouraging hub, great job!

toknowinfo (author) on April 08, 2011:

Hi Quildon, Glad you liked the hub and I hope you will show this article to those older folks,

Angela Joseph from Florida on April 08, 2011:

Now I know there's hope for me. LOL. But seriously, this is a very encouraging hub for those older folk (not me!) who might be tempted to say, "what's the use?"

toknowinfo (author) on April 08, 2011:

Thanks for all the kind words. When you need encouragement think of this hub.

dearabbysmom from Indiana on April 08, 2011:

This hub is a perfect combination of encouragement and fascinating information. Famous Amos discovering Simon and Garfunkel? Who knew?

fucsia on April 08, 2011:

Great and inspiring research. Once, when I was 26-27 years old, I thought to be too old for studing. How silly I was!

These people must be to example for all, to remember us that it is never too late!


toknowinfo (author) on April 08, 2011:

It is great to hear how motivated people have gotten from reading this hub. That is why I wrote it. There are a lot of people at all ages who are living their dreams. Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on April 07, 2011:

Awesome hub with such fantastic research! I'm feeling motivated ~ thanks!

Kathy from California on April 07, 2011:

Ah the memories, I had to do a report on Mr. McDonalds himself, Ray Kroc one time! I guess there is hope after all :) Great and informative Hub - thanks for sharing.

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on April 07, 2011:

OMG, you've compiled a huge list of amazing people! I always considered myself a late bloomer. Funny thing is I was thinking about that very thing today! This gives me inspiration...thank you Dear for writing this!

pmccray on April 07, 2011:

What an inspiring piece . . makes me want do a running leap into entrepreneurship. Excellent hub, very well written, voted up, marked useful and shared.

Sophia Angelique on April 07, 2011:

Nice hub. Very enjoyable to read.

amillar from Scotland, UK on April 07, 2011:

There's hope for me yet - because this hub has just inspired me.

Up and useful.

toknowinfo (author) on April 07, 2011:

I am glad everyone found this article inspirational and useful. We all need good role models to help motivate us to reach our greater potential. From Golda Meir to the Golden Arches, they can teach us all.

Tamarajo on April 07, 2011:

Inspiring article.

Golda Meir was the most impressive story to me. She is born in Russia grows up in Wisconsin and becomes the prime minister of Israel. Wow.

I guess life isn't over at 40 : )

Fay Paxton on April 07, 2011:

Wonderfully encouraging hub. All too often, older people think their opportunities have passed them by and that adventure is for the young. Your Hub proves them wrong.

voted way up/useful

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on April 07, 2011:

Wow...I had no idea that so many of these things were done by late bloomers....I knew the story about Colonel Sanders...but most of the rest I have learned on this hub...voted up and useful

probyte2u on April 07, 2011:

Great hub, hopefully we all could follow their footstep.

Philip Cooper from Olney on April 07, 2011:

I am knocking on 63 and this hub is encouraging me to make the change in my life that I have been wanting to make for a while but thought I was too old to do it. Thank you.

golfgal - Lisa on April 07, 2011:

Wonderful Hub...At 53 I feel like I have a lot more in me to give and I appreciate the reminder. Bless you.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on April 07, 2011:

So maybe it's time I took my finger out and did something with my life. Hmm! What shall it be?

Interesting hub... how long would it take to gather all that information?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 07, 2011:

I really like this hub and it is very encouraging for many people. Attitude is so important and hearing these success stories is a great help. voted/ rated up!

Ipeoney from USA on April 06, 2011:

These are great success stories to learn from. It's better late than never. I hope we can have a Hub writing in Hubpages solely dedicated to members success stories, big or small success. That would be interesting.

Husky1970 on April 06, 2011:

Some great success stories. Very well researched. Interesting and inspiring hub.

LeisureLife from USA on April 06, 2011:

interesting hub, thanks !

b. Malin on April 06, 2011:

How very inspirational this Hub is, Tonknowinfo...and I loved the videos and pictures too. I guess I'd consider myself a late bloomer too.

toknowinfo (author) on April 06, 2011:

Hi Blue, When you grow up you can be anything you want to be, as long as you have Blue by your side.

toknowinfo (author) on April 06, 2011:

Hi BP, glad you found this hub encouraging. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 06, 2011:

Oh great Hub! I'm glad to know I've got plenty of time to find success, hahaa :D

Annette Donaldson from Northern Ireland on April 06, 2011:

Brilliant hub, so much research. When I grow up I want to be a writer but at the moment, as a youngster, I will try writing hubs lol

breakfastpop on April 06, 2011:

Very encouraging piece of writing to young and old alike.

toknowinfo (author) on April 06, 2011:

Hi Will, When you grow up, I think your writings are going to make you a big success!

toknowinfo (author) on April 06, 2011:

Hi Dah, I think there are advantages to youth who have plenty of energy, boundless enthusiasm, and less fears. I think there are advantages to being older, more maturity give you wiser ways to look at things, ability to draw on experience, patience. But older people sometimes write themselves off and I think it is good to see that age is just a number, it doesn't have to be numbing.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on April 06, 2011:

Great Hub and encouraging to all those old-timers around here (excluding me of course!)

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on April 06, 2011:

I tend not to think age is a determine factor. Recognizing and taking advantage of circumstances I think is the real factor. In electronics people like Bill Gates were young and if they waited opportunity might pass them by. other industries might tqke an older person with a sense about trends.