Seven stories that are short, but matter.
Sam Walton started Wal-Mart at 44.
Ray Kroc “started” McD at 50.
Vera Wang started designing at 41.
Nina Zagat started reviews at 42.
Martha Stewart started books at 41.
Joy Behar started show biz at 40.
Donald Fisher started the Gap at 41.
The world is filled with stories, even more than just these, of people who were successful but didn’t even get started on their “thing” until later in life.
Just the other day my wife and I were talking about our youngest child and the fact that he hadn’t started playing basketball as early as the other kids. So, she asked, was it even worth it? After all, other kids had started 3-5 years before him. Now, to be honest, my kid is no basketball star. But that’s not the point. The point is that we’re all, every one of us, worried that we can never catch up.
We’re worried that if we don’t get a head start, we’ll have no significance and no ability to stand out.
And it’s all a pack of lies.
So don’t stress. Don’t worry about your significance. Don’t worry about finding your “one thing.” Don’t stress about others and the fact they may be ahead of you.