7 Famous People Who Found Success Starting in Their 30’s

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Where I reflected on my 30th birthday

I remember a moment in my life like it was yesterday. I just turned 30 years old and living in Taipei. I was not looking forward to turning the big 3-0. I felt like I had wasted my 20’s. Where did the time go? I was in a four year relationship that should have lasted two. It had been years since I hated my job.

I had no direction in my life.

Leaving for Taipei was my escape. I hoped to learn more about myself, grow as a person, and come back with all the answers I was looking for.

On the night of my 30th birthday, I hiked up this short but steep hiking trail to get to my favorite view of the city (see above). I sat up there and literally right in front of me was the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101. Taipei is a busy city with lots of cars, buses, and scooters. Up there, it was so peaceful.

I could have stayed there all night.

I hadn’t done anything significant with my life yet. I hadn’t even begun to scratch the surface of my potential. I knew it was in me, but had to find the right area to put my energy into.

I looked at my 30’s at a new beginning. I had to embrace it. I wanted it to be the best years ever. I didn’t want to waste the next ten years.

If you’re about to turn 30 or are in your 30’s, it’s never too late to change careers or have your success.

The list of jobs people had below include stockbroker, carpenter, handling classified information, schoolteacher, lawyer, set designer for soft core porn, and waiter. We don’t remember them that way though.

Here are a list of famous people, who were late bloomers and didn’t find success till their 30’s.


1. Sylvester Stallone – He was a struggling actor in every definition. He was so broke he sold his wife’s jewelry! (She wasn’t happy about that of course).

His lowest point came when he tried to sell his dog at the liquor store to any stranger. He didn’t have money to feed him anymore. He sold his dog for $25 after a guy bargained from $50. He said he walked away crying.

Two weeks later he saw a boxing match between the world champion Muhammed Ali and Chuck Wepner. Stallone had his idea for his movie. He sat down and wrote the screenplay for Rocky in 20 hours.

He tried to sell it. He got an offer for $125,000 for his script! That money would have changed his life. He had one request. He wanted to star in the movie. The studio said no way. They wanted a real star. Not a guy who looked funny and talked funny. He left.

A few weeks later, they offered $250,000 then $325,000. They wanted his movie but not him. He said no. He was an actor first.

The studio agreed on giving him $35,000 for the screenplay and let him star in it.

The rest is movie history. It won Best Picture at the Oscars and took him to stardom.

He was 30 years old when Rocky was released.

You might be wondering what was the first thing he bought with the $35,000? He said he stood at the liquor store for three days hoping to see the man he sold his dog to.

Finally on the third day he sees the man and his dog. He explained why he sold him, but begged for him back. He offered $100. The man said no. $500. $1000. The guy said no amount of money would make him sell the dog. Stallone was determined. He had to get his dog back.

He offered the man $15,000 and a part in Rocky! The guy said yes and Stallone got his dog back.


2. Martha Stewart – Before she wasn’t the Martha Stewart we’re used to now, but instead a stockbroker. In her 30’s she and her husband bought and began restoration on an 1805 farmhouse. That’s where the love of restoring and decorating became apparent.

She started a catering business in her basement with a friend. That eventually led to her creating cookbooks, which led to decorating tips and appearances on Oprah.

She became a billionaire when her company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia went public. It all started with a career change in her 30’s.


3. Harrison Ford – The actor we know as Han Solo and Indiana Jones used to be another struggling actor. He had small roles but not enough to take care of his wife and two kids. So he became a self taught carpenter in his 30’s.

It was cause he was tired of  acting in bad TV shows. He never gave up his dream of being an actor but being a carpenter provided income so he wouldn’t have to take crappy roles.

At 29, he got a supporting role in George Lucas’ American Graffiti. How did he get the part? He was hired to build cabinets in George’s house. That didn’t turn him into a bonafide movie star. That would happen six years later.

At the age of 35, he starred as Hans Solo in Star Wars, created by the same George Lucas.

He had his big break at that at an age when many of us think it’s too late to do anything with our lives.


4. Julia Child – After college, she worked as a copywriter, writing for local publications, and in advertising until the age of 29.

She then worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which was a United States intelligence agency formed during World War II. It was a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She dealt with a lot of highly classified information.

After the war and at the age of 36, she and her husband moved to Paris. He introduced her to fine cuisine. That’s where she attended the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and studied with other master chefs.

That started her love of food and spent the rest of her life sharing it with audiences in America as a famous television personality and author.

For her, she found her real passion in her mid thirties.


5. Brenden Gleeson – You might be wonder who is Brenden Gleeson. I did too until I saw his picture. He’s one of those actors you’ve seen many times before but don’t remember which movie.

Brendan Gleeson was 34 when he kicked the day job to become a full-time actor (he had been acting since his late teens). Behind him was a brief two-year stint in the health service and a decade as a teacher, where he taught Irish and English.

He started in small roles but worked his way into many movies including some notable ones such as Braveheart, Mission:Impossible 2, Artificial Intelligence: A.I., Gangs of NY, and Troy.

Harry Potter fans will know him as Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody.

He’s won awards for his acting. He is considered Ireland’s greatest living actor.

He took a chance on his dream, even at the age of 34.


6. Andrea Bocelli – He grew up loving music. At the age of six he started piano lessons, and later also learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harp, guitar, and drums. He also spent time singing.

So what did he do? He went to law school. In the evenings he performed in a piano bar to make money. After graduating law school, at the age of 30 he spent a year as an attorney.

After that year, he gave it up to pursue music full time.

He didn’t get his break until he was 34. Italian rock star Zucchero held auditions for tenors to make a demo tape with of the song Miserere from his album of the same name, to send to Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. After hearing Bocelli on tape, Pavarotti urged Zucchero to use Bocelli instead of him.

Zucchero eventually persuaded Pavarotti to record the song with him and it became a hit throughout Europe.


7. Jon Hamm – Before he was Don Draper in the hit series Mad Men, Jon was a struggling actor approaching his self imposed deadline on his dream.

In school he played sports as much as he acted, but he got drawn back into acting. In college, he did some theater. After graduating from college with an English degree, he taught eight grade acting.

In 1995, he decided to move out to Los Angeles with his car and $150. He didn’t want to have a “normal career”.

He had an agent with the famous William Morris Agency. Success right? Wrong. In three years, he didn’t get a single acting job. That time many 25 year olds were getting jobs playing high school students. He didn’t cause he looked too old.

So his agency dropped him.

He worked as a set dresser for soft core porn films. He became a waiter.

He had given himself five years to make it as a working actor. He was now 29. Time was running out. He could make a living as a waiter. But he knew a lot of 40-year-old waiters and he didn’t want to be one of those. He had taught school and he knew that he could always go back to teaching.

He gave himself a deadline of 30 years old to succeed and said:

You either suck that up and find another agent, or you go home and say you gave it a shot, but that’s the end of that. The last thing I wanted to be out here was one of those actors who’s 45 years old, with a tenuous grasp of their own reality, and not really working much. So I gave myself five years. I said, if I can’t get it going by the time I’m 30, I’m in the wrong place. And as soon as I said that, it’s like I started working right away.

At the age of 29, he got cast in a television show, Providence. That led him to quit waiting tables. When he turned 30, he was on the set of his first big movie, We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson.

After many small roles the next years, in 2007 at the age of 36, he beat out 80 actors for the role of Don Draper on Mad Men.

Your life is just beginning in your 30’s

After researching and putting together this post, I got inspired by each person’s story. I loved their stories. I learned so much about each person.

Each of them had different careers before discovering their true passion. Some never gave up their dream but did odd jobs to survive. I’m sure every single one had struggles along the way. Stallone even had to sell his dog just make some money!

If you have a dream you’ve been working on, but haven’t seen the results you wished, let these people inspire you to keep going. Your time might just come a bit later.

So if you’re about to approach your 30’s, don’t worry. You still have your best years ahead of you. If you’re in your 30’s like me, it can get better. It’s never too late to do what you love and have your big breakthrough success.


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206 responses to 7 Famous People Who Found Success Starting in Their 30’s

  1. Michelle in Htown October 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Very insightful post, but I would add that while 30 is a seminal number for many people (it was for me), any milestone can be seen as a turning-point moment. It is never, ever too late to change your life, your career, or at the very least, your outlook. I’m probably older than most of your readers, but I find the desire to live an epic life (I defined mine as a “big life”) to be an incredibly motivating factor. I guess what I’m saying here is it is never too late to get the life you really want, or at least make big steps toward that life. Find a milestone, any milestone, and make the commitment to change.

    • Thank you for sharing Michelle. You’re right. It’s never too late to get started. As long as we’re living and breathing, it’s never too late. I just wanted to show people in their 30’s that there is still hope. We expected to have our success in our 20’s like some other people, but it didn’t happen. For me turning 30 was a big step as weil turn 40. So I wanted to find people who really made made a significant impact in their 30’s.

      I’m glad to hear you you’re working every day on your epic life!

    • ephraim the drummer June 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      hi thanks pips for inspiring me..i am now on my 30s and i will be turning 31. 3 mos from now …and i’ve been into so many struggles, i also have so many work experiences from plant worker, clerk.sales assistant etc… and the latest as a public high school teacher..i’ve been teaching for almost 3 years now but i still dont know what i really want for my life, until 1 day i was ask to substitute to teach mathematics from then on i started to see the beauty of math..ive beeen dreaming of numbers everyday …and at last i have found my passion , what i really want to be is to become an engineer ..i am planning now to leave teaching and follow my hearts desire..is it to late for me to become a mechanical engr.? coz you know some people are laughing at me even my relatives..they think that i am just wasting my life..thanks hope to hear something from you guys..Godbless

      • Thanks for leaving a comment. I’m happy to hear you’ve found your passion to become an engineer. Is it too late? No way! You’re only 31. Still so young. I’m guessing you’ll need to go to school? Even if you have to go to school and you finish, you still have your whole life ahead of you. Don’t live your life based on what others think. If you do, you will live a life full of regret. If your passion is to become an engineer, that’s what you should do. If you ask anyone that leaves a comment on this blog or reads this blog, they will tell you to go and become an engineer. You can’t control your passion. It’s there and you have to take action on it.

  2. I’m glad you through in Brenden Gleeson and Jon Hamm. I would never recognize their names, so it’s interesting to learn the stories of a few new peeps.

    • I wouldn’t have thought about them either. I just happen to see their name as I was researching people. They both have really inspiring stories. Thanks for reading J.D.

  3. Reading this makes me feel less dread for the big 3-0 which will happen for me in about 18 months 😉

    I like reading the stories of people committed to achieving their goals no matter their age. I agree with Michelle’s comment above that no matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s never “too late” to make a change.

    • You still have a long way to go! Can we trade spots then? LOL

      Yes Michelle had a great point. As long as we’re still alive and breathing, it’s never too late to make a change.

  4. Inspiring post. You forgot to add one more person to this list, iPhone app developer and blogger extraordinaire, Benny Hsu!

    • Hahahaha…thanks Buck! I’ve just made a small impact. I have six more years in my 30’s to make a much bigger impact. Thanks!

  5. Benny,
    Inspiring post! Now what about us old farts who are 40?? Is there any hope for us? 🙂

    • Steve! That’ll be a follow up post. I have a list of people in their 40’s who didn’t find success till then. Yes there is still hope!

      I thought you were in your thirties!

    • Hey Benny,

      I second what Steve says, I am 39 turning 40. Can you produce another after 40 list to inspire us?

      Just kidding. Great list, I know about Stallone but not the rest although they are really familiar people on the streets. Real inspiration. Someday, you will write about me too. And I will also write and read about you.

      BTW, do you know Justin Mazza? His interview with me is out on my site. Another inspiring story in the making. Check it out and spread the word ok?


      • Hi Jimmy,

        I’ll work on a turning 40 list for a future post. I hope people will write about you one day and what you’ve done with your life! Yes I know Justin from his comments here. A great and smart guy!

        Thanks for your comment!

  6. I love anecdote posts like this (and I know how much time goes into putting one together). Great collection of stories, Benny.

    As someone about to enter her 30’s (yikes), it’s so inspiring (and relieving) to me to know that this is really just the beginning. So much is made about the potential of your 20’s, but in all honesty, most of the people I know have spent the majority of their 20’s trying things that didn’t work, trying to figure out where they really want to be, and making all sorts of changes hoping to settle on the right path. I think our 30’s will be where this exploratory/experimental phase finally leads to us embarking on the paths we’re really meant to follow.

    Awesome post. This was a pick-me-up that I needed today.

    • Hi Cordelia,

      I felt like my 20’s were where I found my groove and my passion. So when I reached my 30’s still feeling lost, I felt angry for wasting, what I thought were suppose to be the best years so far. It seems our generation is more into trying different careers. They’re leaving their job they’ve been at since college and changing careers. So 30 is the new 20 then right? 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  7. I’m here because of Cordelia’s suggestion, and having turned 30 this summer, I have to say I love this post (and every Rocky movie, by the way.) While I have no idea what that elusive “dream” job is, it’s nice to know that contrary to the popular belief that you have to have everything figured out by someone else’s time line, great things can (and do) happen at every age.

    I had no qualms about turning 30, as I gained so much insight and experience throughout my 20s (some good, some bad) that I have a much clearer vision of the person that I am. That is a form of success on it’s own, and will hopefully translate sooner rather than later.

    • Hi Abby,

      Thanks for coming here. Cordelia is great! You’ve seen ever Rocky movie? You’re a fan for sure! I did think I would know everything in my 20’s. I thought I knew what my life would be about. What I was suppose to do for the rest of my life. Now I realize, since I’m wiser, that I’m not meant to just do one thing. I have so many things I want to do.

      I hope you’re 30’s are your best years to date! Thanks for your first comment here!

  8. Here I am a 23 year old, banging my head against the wall because I have yet to ‘do’ or ‘accomplish’ the goals I have in mind. I think the lesson is persistence and hardwork. Of course, this is the case but then we also have to remember ‘luck.’ I of course want to get started before I”m 30. But, I understand the importance of patience (like the people above). I think I’m going to do a John Hamm.

    If I do not get the hits I want by the time I’m 24. I am going to quit my blog. Yes!

    • As long as you give your blog a fighting chance. A year is good if you have a feeling it’s not going to take off as you expect. I wish I knew what I know now when I was 23! The lesson is persistence and hard work. Younger people have a better chance to take more risks. If you could pull off a Jon Hamm, you’d have quite a story to share with the world! I hope you have a story like that to share. How you triumphed to achieve all your goals. Hope all is going well with you and your job. Hope you got that all figured out.

      • Thanks Benny! I’m going to give everything I’ve got. I’ll see where I’m at on October 31st 2011. I’ll see what happens. You are always giving me hope and I’m so thankful for your advice. I’ll do what I can, because I cannot fail myself.

  9. Thanks for this Benny, I didn’t know these stories! Great journalism – how did you find them all!?
    P.S. Will you be doing the 50’s and 60’s as well?! 😉

    • Thanks Lori! It was fun to learn about each of these people. Google was my friend! I’ll be doing the 40’s first. The 50’s and 60’s may be after that. I’m sure I can find people who found success at that age.

      Thanks for reading and sharing this post Lori!

  10. I’m 30 and I’m just getting started! All years prior to now were there to prepare me for what is to come next. I don’t doubt that one bit.

    Reading this post was very encouraging – but I never doubted that ones dreams can’t be had at any age. And to tell you the truth – my grandest goal was created this year anyway.

    Hope you’ve been well man. It’s been a minute. I’ve been busy – I’ll shoot you an email soon!


    • Hey JK! Great to see you here! Know you’ve been busy lately. I know you’ve been focused on your goals for a long time now. You’re just getting warmed up for sure. I know your 30’s are going to be awesome. Got some news coming on Monday. Got your email and sent you a reply!

  11. This is a great article, Benny!

    It certainly gives us hope that there is life after 30! 🙂
    I’ll be looking for your post on 40 year-old successes! Make it quick! The clock is ticking! 🙂

    • Hahaha..will work on that post for 40 year olds! I’ve got a busy couple weeks coming up so I’ll get it out as soon as I can for sure! Thanks for reading Ken!

  12. HEy Benny,

    It’s good to see this since i’m 33. I’d hvae to say that it’s really been only in my 30’s that I’ve discovered some of my greatest strengths and gifts. in my 20’s I was continually forcing square pegs into round holes and quite unhappy. This is good to know since it indicates I’m just about to hit my stride.

    • Hey Srini,

      I know you’re about to hit your stride. Been waiting for that big news you have! Maybe we’re like fine wine. We get better with age.

  13. This post is a blessing Benny. I just turned 27 a couple weeks ago and I have been pretty down on myself because I am not where I want to be. I have a lot of goals but I feel like I have not made too much progress in reaching them. I guess I think that 30 will be too late at times but this post was very encouraging.

    • Hey Aaron,

      I totally understand what you’re going through. When I was that age, I was pretty frustrated with life. I was in a relationship that wasn’t going well and I didn’t like my job. I envisioned my 20’s to be amazing years and I would have the perfect career. I searched for what I was meant to do. Once you reach thirty it won’t be too late. Stallone didn’t star in Rocky till 30, but he was trying so hard till then to get his big break. Same with Jon Hamm. He didn’t sit around waiting for something to happen. He kept trying and trying. It just took longer to get his success. Don’t get discouraged. Just make sure you’re taking action towards your goals.

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

  14. Great post Benny. Very inspirational. Hopefully by the time I am 30 I will be more successful then I am today. Don’t get me wrong I am doing pretty well now but I want to be well into my successful path by the time I am 30 years old. At that point I plan on starting a family and want to support my family with anything and everything they want.

    • Love your what you’re doing. I wish I was doing as well as you are when I was your age. I’d be way ahead! Keep it up because I know the sky is the limit for you. Great to hear from you Michael!

  15. Hey Benny,
    I remember hearing the Rocky story from one of Tony Robbins audio programs. It is inspiring to see so many successful people hit their success in their 30’s.

    Don’t forget that KFC’s Colonel Sanders didn’t hit success until 65.

    • Hey Justin,

      Yes that’s where I heard the story from. I was doing research and came across that. I had never heard it before. I knew he wrote Rocky and was inspired by the fight, but didn’t know the story about his dog. Great story.

      Pretty amazing Colonel Sanders didn’t find success till then! He was resilient!

  16. Thanks for the reminder Benny. It’s easy for me to feel like I should be so much farther along than I am right now and get discouraged. Frankly I find success stories of young people somewhat UN-inspiring. I’m obviously not one of those, but it’s not too late to make the 30s list for me!

    • Reading these stories still gives me hope too that it’s never too late to start that journey to be significant in my life. Though this has been a great year so far, I still want to push more. I agree that the younger ones are less inspiring. They didn’t have to struggle as much! Once you’re in your 30’s and 40’s, you’ve been through so much more. Those are the stories I appreciate more as well.

    • I think you are wrong.

      The stories of young people should be far more inspirational than that of adults.

      Are you being biased here?;-)

  17. Say Hey Benny,

    You must have quite your j-o-b already if you have this much time to put together these kick ass posts.

    I feel inspired to act. Act a fool, that is….That seems like the job where a middle aged 30 + year old can really get it rollin.

    In all seriousness, you’re really doing great work and I’m glad you and have connected as friends. Keep up the good work Benny.


    • I definitely haven’t quit my job. Actually I have less free time now that my fiance is here. Don’t tell her that! She may get upset and leave..hahaha.

      Definitely glad we have connected! Where is that rap video? I’m still waiting.

      • Good to hear your lady is with you. That always makes a man feel like a king.

        My rap track is still in the works. Trying to find the right hook. I’ll probably release the song before the vid though. Either way, I’m going to rock it and you’ll all laugh at it’s sweet sweet gangsta beat.

  18. I was just thinking about how my next birthday will be my last year in my 20s and got major anxiety! I started to worry about how I spent my years and want to make sure that I reach a big goal I set for myself after having a lot of time to reflect on my life.
    Getting older sometimes brings on a crappy feeling for me for 2 reasons: 1. I worry that I didn’t have enough fun when it was socially acceptable (which means less worry about what I am doing) to jump around the world seemingly aimlessly and 2. I worry that there isn’t enough time to do what I need to do by the time I die and did I waste the past 10 years not working toward my big goal
    I am working on not letting age define how I feel about myself – even if it is at random times like 1 in the morning!
    I like that you created a list of inspiration because it is important to be reminded that a year is a long time and so much can happen. Even in this past week, I have had so many things happen that when I think about where I was in my job search just a week ago, I feel like a lot more doors have opened for me.
    Ok, done rambling. Great post!!

  19. I turned 30 this year, and can certainly echo some of your feelings.

    The simplest thing I can offer is this:

    The right time is now.

    It doesn’t matter how old you are, just grab the bull by the horns and follow your dreams now.

  20. Great post Benny! I’m almost 40 and still dreaming big and working my butt off to reach the goals I’ve set for myself. Thanks for this post I’m inspired.


    P.S. Happy belated birthday. I haven’t been socializing much. We just moved and trying to get settled in and I’m also working on my new blog. I pray you have many more birthdays Benny!

  21. The Rocky story is epic, the best part is that he got his dog back. Very cool compilation of stories Benny – ever think about updating your story and adding it on here?

  22. Now that’s just depressing for me Benny. Yep, because I’m so past my 30’s oh and my 40’s too. Back then I still never had a vision for my life. I got married for the first time when I was 30 and that didn’t turn out so well.

    Although I knew of Sylvester Stallone’s story, I didn’t know about the dog. That one made me shed a tear. I can’t imagine not being able to feed my dog and to sell her would truly break my heart. But it does show he had one and did everything in his power to get his back. That was so touching for me.

    This is a great post in showing people that it’s never to late to begin your life. Heck, it’s still not too late for me either. This may be an inspiration for a post in my future for us 50 somethings! It’s never too late!

    Thanks Benny!


  23. As a 29 year old I can attest that this post rocked! Very, very inspiring.

  24. I really enjoyed this post. It’s inspiring and makes me feel less pressure to become something by a certain age. I am 31 now and I know that when I hit 30, I was definitely feeling like I needed to get moving. Now, I know I am where I am supposed to be and I am not worrying so much about age but about the journey I am on – however long it takes 🙂

    • Glad you’ve found your groove! Turning 30 was a wake up call for me. I was thinking “Where did the last 10 years go?”. However long it takes is the way to go. Keep it up!

  25. Great article Benny. It’s encouraging to know that it’s not too late for me to be successful! By the way, congratulations on your Photo365 app! Are you planning to develop another one? Your story inspired me to develop my own app, which I hope will be approved next week.

  26. My goodness, do I ever feel old. I hit 40 over a year ago…and it was a turning point for me. I had professional success, a happy marriage, 5 wonderful kids, but I knew I wanted more. I knew that it was time to shift gears, take a risk and do something simply because I loved it. And the last year has been a blast!

    A few post-40 success stories – Harland (or Colonel) Sanders who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken at 65, Henry Ford, David Mamet, Grandma Moses, Ronald Reagan (had success as an actor, but became Governor of CA at 55), Laura Ingalls Wilder who didn’t publish her Little House series until she was in her 60’s.

    There is hope for me yet!

    • Ruth you’re still young! Thanks for sharing those over 40 successes. I’m going to do a post for that age group as a follow up.

      I’m so happy to hear that this past year has been a blast! You’re just getting started in your 40’s. I can only imagine it’s going to get much better for you. There is always hope for smart, persistent, hard working people like you!

  27. Your 30’s is like your 20’s but on steroids.

    I initially hated turning 30. I couldn’t believe it and was in utter denial. I couldn’t believe how fast time went by.

    Now, I look back and realize how little life experience I had in my 20’s and how much I have now and all that I have accomplished.

    Most of all I’ve learned to leave the bad and take the good.

    Great post as usual Benny. Keep ’em comin’!

    • Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I’ll have to remember my 30’s is like my 20’s but on steroids. I guess what I learned more in my 20’s is what I don’t want in life. Now in my 30’s I can work on creating the life that I truly do want.

      Keep up the good work on your passive income! Heading there now to see what you’ve been up to!

      • Yo. Benny B!

        What up!

        Man, I wish I had heard of your blog back in Feb of this year. I would have been (still am) totally stoked to catch up with you.

        We chilled in Titusville to watch Dicovery Launch (take note, we flew from Sydney). Kicked it in Miami, drove down to Key West, and all the way back to the big O!

        Love Florida man. Love it.

        Maybe next time.

        Until then.

        All the best!

  28. I love Julia Child! I didn’t know much about her story until watching the movie with Meryl Streep. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw the scene where she chopped all those onions. 🙂 -Sydney

    • Do you try to cook like Julia Child in the kitchen? I didn’t know much about her. Didn’t see the movie. Just knew she was famous and cooked. LOL. But was really amazed to learn that she worked for the military handling classified information. That’s pretty cool!

  29. Hi Benny,

    Thanks for this beautiful and well-researched post! As someone who’s pushing the big 3-0 (just turned 29), it’s an inspiring reminder that there is still epic possibilities ahead. Plus, now I’ll have the life wisdom from my 20’s 🙂

    – Lily

    • Hey Lily!

      Thanks so much. I learned so much from doing the research. It made me think that it’s never too late. Pushing the big 3-0? You look so young still! It must be the Asian genes. 🙂

  30. Great post! It’s especially interesting that Stallone passed up $350,000 for his screenplay, but took $35,000 for it and the chance to star in it. The movie could have flopped. Doing what you truly want to do requires sacrifice but it pays off in the end.

    • For a guy who had to sell his dog, getting $350,000 would have been life changing. But he stuck to his true love, which was acting. At least he wouldn’t have lived a life of regret. I’m sure he’s made hundreds of millions of dollars in his life. Thanks for your comment!

  31. Hey Benny!

    These stories are truly inspiring and motivating, especially Sly Stallone. My sister is a huge dog-lover and I know she will cry when she reads this.

    Well, I just turned 39 last month, so my 30’s are almost over, but life sure as heck isn’t. We don’t have the future, and we certainly don’t have the past, but we have right now whether you’re in your 20’s 30’s 40’s or whatever. Time to get busy!

    Thanks for doing this round-up!

    • John!!

      I love the Stallone one. That’s why I had to put it first. I cannot imagine selling your best friend! Putting this together inspired me as well. I’m 34 and my 30’s have flown by, but it gives me hope that the best is still to come.

      Thanks for checking it out! Congrats ont the release of your new ebook! The title is classic!

  32. This article makes me a feel a little better as I’m a struggling actor approaching his 30s. Thanks for the post!

    • Hey Bryan!

      I understand the acting profession is one of the toughest. I hope the couple actors I featured give you some inspiration and hope. Thanks for your comment!

  33. I’m 31 years old, and this article showed me that it’s really never too late to find success. Thanks, really inspiring!

  34. Hi Benny,

    The list is great but the one that got me much is the story of Sylvester Stallone.

    1. Sold his dog for $25 and later bought it for $15,000 plus giving the seller a role in Rocky – that shows love for his pet which we all should emulate especially in our dealings with people.

    2. Had the opportunity to sell the Rocky script for $325,000 but he chose to accept $35,000. Look where he is now.
    Lesson: Never sell your talent for material gift.:-D



    • I love that story as well, so I had to put it first. He loved his pet so much he had to sell him cause he couldn’t even feed him! That’s gotta be tough to sell your best friend. You can tell how much he loved him by paying $15,000 for him!

      For him, it wasn’t about the money. It was about doing what he loved to do. He wanted to act. I dont’ know if he knew it would be a hit movie. He just wanted to be the lead role in a movie. Now I’m sure he’s made hundreds of millions of dollars in his lifetime.

      Great to hear from you Chukwuka!!

  35. It’s never to late to be what you might have been. Ray Kroc started McDonalds at 53,Kentucky Fried Chicken was started by Col. Sanders at 65 when he got his first social security check,and Tom Clancey Author was in late forties when first book when Hunt for Red October was done.

    • Hey Paul,

      Thanks for those examples. I’m looking to work on a list for each decade so those will be added for sure. It’s definitely never too late, but many people think if they don’t find their passion at a young age, then it’s too late. I want to show them otherwise!

      Thanks for your comment!

  36. Thanks for this post I turned 30 this year and i’m hoping to have my own business fully up and running before i’m 31. Is photo 365 your app? I love it, been using it for a month now, got it because our first child is on the way and I wanted a photo for every day.

    • Thanks Steven! Hope you can get your businesses started as well. You can do a lot in a year. Yes Photo 365 is my app. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. When I had the idea for it, I thought it would be perfect for families!

  37. Susan Boyle! She did not find any fame until about 70!

  38. I turned 30 in August and was just feeling a little down about it last night and randomly came across your blog today. Thanks for the pick me up. Very motivating.

  39. There are a lot who started after forty
    Ray Kroc -Started McDonalds at 53
    Kentucky Fried Chicken by Col. Sanders 65
    Most of Ben Franklin’s inventions after forty
    Tom Clancy Author at 47

  40. Thank you so much for this article. As I near the end of my 20’s and still wonder every day what I want to do when I grow up, I definitely feel the pressure of not only my age but of my family, peers, society to ‘grow up’ and give up on the dreams I DO have. Julia Child is someone that I have looked up to ever since seeing Julie/Julia and finding out that she didn’t start cooking until her 30’s- and look at how successful she was! I keep telling myself that it’s never too late to change jobs, to pursue new passions, my problem is lack of motivation due to self-doubt. I think reading your site is truly going to help me. I love finding other people who I feel I can relate to about this topic…it’s nice to not feel alone. Thank you.


    • Hi Karen,

      Love your comments. You’re not alone in wondering what you want to do every day. What are your dreams? Often if other people think our dreams are crazy, then we’re dreaming pretty big. You don’t want those people to say, “Sounds great.” If they do, then maybe you’re settling. Those are the people who want the best for you and think a “real” job will do that. You say you have self doubt. At least you recognize that. So much of what we achieve starts from our attitude. If we don’t believe in ourselves, who will? No one. Confidence begins with us. It’s not an overnight change. You have to build that foundation every day so you can support your success.

  41. Love this, Benny! Thanks, I just shared it on FB.

    BTW, minor error but your website title/link says “7 Famous WHO People Found Success Starting in Their 30’s”. (The word WHO is placed in the wrong spot. Heh.)

  42. I was debating the validity of work vs. career with a friend today. Like many, I’m stuck in the midst of creating a new dream, then finding a way to achieve it. I was very thankful to be indirectly directed to your blog and look forward to catching up on your posts. Your 7 Famous people list is great food for thought…

    • Hi Dana,

      I’m glad you found my blog! I hope you find ways to achieve your new dreams. Hope you find my posts inspiring and helpful. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for your first comment here. Look forward to more from you!

  43. Thank you for this post!

    I just turned 30 and this is the year I’m going to make absolutely everything happen!

  44. Great article! I’m in my 30s and felt like you did. Like, where did the time go? I got married really young and have been married for over a decade and have two kids, but I still feel like I’m just getting starting. I’ve never had a career or even really held a solid job for that matter. I’m not even where a lot of 25 year olds are in life, but what’s the alternative? You gotta live, right? My dream is to be a successful artist and I know of course, you can do this at any age (Grandma Moses). Still, I want it to happen in this decade because although I married someone I love very much and my kids are the awesomest, I spent my 20s in shock most of the time trying to grow up with grown up responsibilities.

    • Hey Spring! What a wonderful name! I bet you hear that all the time, but it truly is!

      You’re right that we just gotta live. Get busy living or get busy dying. Right? We do have a choice. It’s never too late to do what you want. You’re definitely just getting started. Take inspiration from the artists in this post. There are others who found their success in their 40’s after many years of just barely getting by. Thanks for sharing your dream with us, and I hope you’re working on your art every chance you can get.

  45. Yes, I have heard it many times, but more one time never hurts 🙂 I downloaded your ebook and I really enjoyed reading it. I see how you were able to change your life so quickly. It doesn’t have to take long once you decide.I also appreciate that you’re an introvert because I am too. We have a different style of sharing, so your writing speaks to me and doesn’t make me feel overwhelmed. Keep it up and rock out the rest of your 30s.

    • Thanks Spring for reading my ebook! It’s been about one year since I had my breaking point. I’ve done so much since I’ve started this year. Much more than I have before and cause it’s I changed my attitude, my habits, and my actions. We definitely underestimate what we can do in a year. Growing up I wished I was more of an extrovert like the people I wanted to be like. As I’ve gotten older I’ve embraced being an introvert. That’s why I enjoy writing.

      I’ll keep rocking out the rest of the year first! Hope you will do too.

  46. Very inspiring and great perspective that life begins in your 30’s. I’m turning 31 next month so I still have time to be the next big thing.

    • Thanks for finding me. I know this is your first comment here. Thank you! You do have time for the next big thing. I went over to look at your blog and got hungry at the picture of bacon. I love that bacon as well! It’s so good. Ever since I bought it last year I’ve been hooked on it. Also congrats on your two year anniversary! I hope you do find what excites you in life. Being in a 9-5 is not fun. I know as well. Hope to see your often around here. Thanks for your comment!

  47. Hi Benny, wow your article set me thinking about my life. I may not be 30 yet but it’s a huge wake up call to start counting down already. Time will fly like nobody’s business and soon before we know it , 5 years will pass and another 10 has gone. Thank you for this inspiring article. There ‘s so much to learn from these ???. Like the latest movie , ?????????, ?????????thank u for the great article once again!

    • Time will fly by if we’re not careful. You haven’t gotten to 30 yet, but let this be a time when you really start figuring out the direction you want your life to take. What do you want to try? What do you want to do? You’re still young so you have your whole life ahead of you to do great things! Thanks for reading.

  48. Thank u for the advice. It’s really true!! Time to
    Really figure out a direction and start working hard on it for the next 5 years before starting a family. Just realized the Chinese words didn’t appear. I meant to write : na xie nian wo men shui de nv hai. ( the movie by Gideon, you re the apple of my eye) great movie! Great meaning of life ! Merry Christmas and happy new year !! Cheers!

  49. Hi Benny,
    Thank you for this post. It is good to know that we are not alone when we start something new, scary and difficult on our 30’s. On the other hand we have to follow these successful examples you presente us.

    Thank you!

    • You’re welcome Lenia! I just wanted to show it’s not too late to turn your life around, even in your 30’s when many of us think we’re already too late!

  50. Hi Ben,

    as always, I really appreciate your optimism. You’ve brought up convincing examples, real huge success stories. Of course not all of us can achieve such a huge success, but the bottom line is to be able to change your life in a way to be useful for others as well.

    Keep up the good work!
    I keep coming back to check your highly energizing blog entries.

    • Hi Karoly,

      Thanks for reading it! Every single person can change their lives. Just depends on how hard they want to work to get the life they want. I keep looking at your apps and am amazed how great they look!

      • Hi Ben,

        thank you! Do you have any new app in the queue?
        (I’m on a creativity crisis loop for a while, but this is probably just the usual burnout after the winter holidays. :))

        • I don’t right now. I think the winter holidays is affecting the creativity as well! How about you? Have some ideas you’re working on?

  51. this really helped with my research paper.

  52. Andrea Bochelli would be my picked. His voice is phenomenal.

  53. When people don’t get to reap success in their late twenties then worry not because there’s more after 30. Inspiring post Benny!

    • Absolutely Spatch! People think you have to have your success in your 20’s. But life is long now. People are living longer so they have more time to find their success. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  54. I’m back here again. I love the story of the guy with the dog. He’s such an inspiration and there is no one that will read this blog that will not get inspired. You’re really doing a great job!


    • I love Stallone’s story as well. Now you know how bad he wanted it. He sold his own dog! Then he showed how bad he wanted his dog back by paying so much money.

      • The best part I like on this blog is ‘HOW BAD YOU WANT IT’ anytime I remember those words, it pushes me to go extra mile to achieve my goals.

        I’ve dedicated a page/category to you on my blog (still developing) epiclifestyle.net/blog I’ll be sharing insights from you on that page.

        It’s going to be strictly yours!

        How is the new course going? Hope people are learning much from it?


  55. I am 24 and a cashier at the mall. Felt old today and cane across this article, inspiring, thank you

    • Hey Tommy, glad you found it. Hope it helped you realize you’re still young! I know many of us would love to be 24 again. We would go back and do so many things differently. You’re still at an age when you can try different things and even screw up if it doesn’t work out. I hope you’ll take more chances to find what it is you want to do in life.

  56. I love this list! (of course I do, I’m 35). =) I’m working on my first book and sometimes feeling I may as well just throw in the towel. GREAT encouragement!!!!!!

    • Glad you’re not throwing away the towel! Being 34 myself, I know we might feel old and it’s too late to do anything meaningful with our lives. It’s definitely not. Good luck getting your first book out there!

  57. I randomly came across your blog today and I’m glad I did. At 26 years old, I’m at a point in my life where something needs to change. As a result, I’ve started blogging…I’ve been reading random blogs and getting so inspired and encouraged by all the great posts. Thanks for giving me some hope and making me feel better…I still have a couple more years…hahaha 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m glad you found my blog. Blogging can be a great creative outlet. I’ve had the quarter life crisis as well. So just know that you’re not alone out there! Lots of great blogs to help you through this time in life. Good to have you here on the blog!

  58. well i am 23 now and have not taste any success till now , let see what happen in my 30 .

  59. Hi
    The piece on Stallone was really interesting I knew he wrote rocky but did not have a clue how he managed to get his foot or should I say fists in the door.
    Great info thanks lee very inspirational

  60. Is it ever too late to make love??

  61. I’m not sure how long Mr. Stallone be in show business. His Expendables 2 is a hit. I’m expecting Expendables 3! Rarely you see actors to stay in the movie industry that long.

  62. I think the key here is not 30, but even older. I am 44, and feel only slightly successful. On the outside, there is not much to complain about. But inside I am dying to do some interesting and fulfilling. Ironically the best time to try something new and crazy is when you have nothing to lose, no matter what the age. But when you have to make a certain amount of money to stay afloat, risks increase quickly.

  63. This is not very inspiring. You’re talking about actors who caught a break. The majority of us 30 something losers aren’t gonna become actors.

    • I’m sorry you think that Dave. They’re not going to be actors but they were able to become successful in one of the most competitive careers. That’s why I felt their stories would be inspiring.

    • I came to the comments to say the same thing. Most of these people are in showbusiness. That’s not very inspiring at all. It’s like saying “Don’t worry, here’s some 30-somethings who won the lottery! Isn’t that inspiring?”

      I would much, much rather see a list of people who went back to school in their 30s, started businesses from the ground up (without ending up in showbusiness), so on. Seriously, how many people in the world have even a glimmer of hope of becoming an actor or a singer?

    • I think you missed the main point here – you can start at 30 too, it’s essentially never too late as long as your mind is clear, your body is operating and you have a purpose. There are even more extreme late bloomers like Grandma Moses who started her career as a painter at her 70’s (!!)

      Here are other cool examples:


      kind of a late response though hehe…

  64. thank you for posting i thought my life is over but i am refreshed and inspired now

  65. This is an awesome post.

  66. This is a great post!! I’m in my 30’s and have been acting for the past 12 years, but never took the jump to Los Angeles for better opportunities and agency representation. Now, I’m regretting it, but it’s always been a discomfort of having little money that scares me from taking the plunge. I don’t want to be a “starving artist” for the rest of my life.

  67. Yes i accept life begins in 30’s.this is correct age to understand the world and others.if want know about management international journals with impact factor means

  68. I love this post!!!! Thank you for writing this. When I turned 29 last year, I was very optimistic about turning 30. I was excited about all the activities I’ve always wanted to do and was confident that I finally have a sense of direction. However, for some reason these past couple of months, my optimism faded and started to freak out that I might be too old to do certain things. After reading this, I feel much better now.

  69. Great post, makes me want to go to New York for ha ha’s and audition for something lol. In all seriousness, makes me feel alive. Thanks

  70. I find this quite bizarre, 30s is still young and why on earth would it be too late to change direction and learn or start new things! The tone of the article seems to suggest that turning 30 is approaching retirement age/death, when it is really no big deal at all, it is the start of the decade of being grounded and more mature, but still lively and capable. It is a sad sign of our age obsessed culture, look at the person, not the digit, it’s not logical otherwise! Btw in case anyone is wondering, I’m 34.

    • Thanks for your comment. That’s great you feel like turn 30 is a great new beginning. However many people, including myself, had a different attitude. Of course now I realize 30 is still young, but before I felt like I was supposed to know what to do with my life in my 20’s. When I didn’t, I wondered if I ever would. But thanks for your comment.

    • Thanks for your comment I’m 34 as well still hoping to become a great singer. You’re right we all get too caught up with age the person is what really counts. God bless.

    • Sushant Dahivalikar May 25, 2015 at 7:00 am

      I dont think that the article is saying about retirement or some thing its just saying that you can get success after 30s also 🙂

  71. This article gave me hope, I had no clue Stallone found success at 30 and Ford 35. I’m turning 25 this month and I felt like I’m running at of time to be something. I live in a place that’s piss pathetic when it comes to opportunity, but I find it impossible to shelf my dreams. I’m about to get started working on a film and entering it into multiple film festivals, I pray a company picks it up so I can be one step closer to my dream career.

    • I turn 25 in August and I’m almost in the same boat. The difference is, Ive never acted. been seriously thinking of moving to a larger city here in Tx and taking some classes, and auditioning for some non paying roles. I’m in a piss poor town with only oilfield jobs and 0 entertainment opportunities. Good uck to you and God Bless.

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  74. I am 40 🙁
    but I am not giving up, so if you are 30s, keep your spirit and engine running. you die when it stops, tho I am not a successful businessman like many others, my fire is still burning, sounds cliche but i love all these inspiring stories, thank you.

  75. Great article but, remember, the only restrictions on your life are set by YOU!

  76. “It is never too late to become the person you were always meant to be”

  77. I am 32 and about to embark on a life changing mission when I hit 33. I am very apprehensive to do so as I am not confident I will be successful. This article helped boosting my confidence….

  78. This is a Marvelous piece of inspirational lives knitted together. It’s really motivational and makes me think it’s never too late or hard to make a way thru to the goal. A very interesting article I appreciate the authors’ work !
    Rephrasing an old saying
    “God helps those who help themselves even after their 30’s..!!”

  79. Thank you very much for this article. I turned 30 a few weeks ago. For the past 6 years I’ve been stuck watching family and friends move forward into careers of their choosing all the while feeling as though I was literally standing still. It’s been some of the most depressing years of my life but before I turned 30 I decided, this is it. It’s try or die now. So I made some big moves towards getting unstuck but it’s only the beginning. I have a VERY long road ahead of me. It feels as though I’m beginning my life from the very bottom again and I’m terrified because I feel too old to do that now. But being reminded that there’s still time to explore and find your place in the world is an awesome boost of confidence and I thank you for that.

    • You’re welcome. Don’t look at 30 as being old and too late. I’m sitting here right now as proof that it’s not too late. I was like you and at 30 decided I was going to make big changes. But it took me until I was 32 when I finally took action. Of course now i wish I hadn’t waited so long but it’s safe to say that my 30’s have been the best of my life so far. And yes I’m still learning. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes, but I’m loving life much more now.

  80. brilliant !

  81. My only issue with this list is that it mainly consist of people in the entertainment industry.

    • I wrote about them because the entertainment business is one of the hardest careers to be successful in. There are thousands of people competing for one role. I would think it’s easier to open your own business than it is to be a big movie star.

    • Heather McGuigan April 24, 2015 at 3:29 am

      My issue with this list is that its mostly men able to start acting in their 30s …I didn’t hear any woman!??

  82. I’m 35 and I feel totally lost. Done a few things but never really had any success. This article really helped me to look at myself in a different way. I am my own version of 35, it doesn’t fit anyone else’s experience. The truth is, I want to do acting because I’m terrified of it.

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  83. Yet another great post Ben!
    It really strikes me as a great post not only because I’m exactly 30, but also because I began changing everything a couple of months ago when I first visited your site.

    I read your post containing reasons to start a blog NOW, and I did.
    Now I have a website and I help men in Brazil to understand and get better with women and dating (in Brazil we have poor quality guidance in this area) and I have been getting great feedback. Also, many ideas for books keep on coming.

    Just like many of these stars you mentioned, I refuse to be just like most 30 – 40 year-old people are: happy with a mediocre life and earnings. I refuse to sit around and watch my life waste away without doing anything to make the world a better place to live and without offering my gifts to other people.

    Thank you for another boost in inspiration, confidence and faith! Let it be known that your posts really do inspire people and make them aware that it is more than possible to achieve anything in life

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  85. I’m 27 and also feel pretty old. Only just finishing my master degree this year, and recently realised that I picked the wrong master. I’m too far in to stop now though. One thing that makes it worse is that I love reading books, especially history, science, biographies etc. Although I highly enjoy it, it makes me realise how much time I’ve wasted when you read what other people have already accomplished at an even younger age. I know acceptance is the first step and that I’m still relatively young, but I still struggle with this a lot. Sucks to find out what you want to do with your life when it’s already too late to make a change (financially not possible).

    • Not too old at all. You’re 27. You’re still young. Don’t compare yourself to other 27 year old. Of course some will have life figured out, but some won’t.

      And I’d argue that it’s not too late to change the direction of your life. Even though you picked a master’s that isn’t for you, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck in that field for the rest of your life.

      We’re human so that means we can change if we want to. Our destiny is not built into our DNA.

      • Thanks for the kind words! Since writing that post I’ve been able to put things in perspective better. Work is only one part of life, and I feel lucky for all the other things I do have right now. You’re also right that a lot of people end up in completely different fields than what they studied for. So right now, I’m just gonna focus on getting my degree.

  86. Your post has really inspired me. I am 30 and i cant help but feel old and useless and a total failure. It feels like I have just been woken up at 30 and couldn’t really recall what happened in my 20’s. And then the self-loathing and the low self-esteem starting creeping up on me . At times like these, its very easy to think we are alone which does not help at all. But your article has reminded me that It is ‘okay’ to feel all these as long as we know where to pick ourselves up again and start over knowing that we are not alone. Thank you.

  87. I’m going to acting school in my 30s!

  88. I’m almost 30 and have majorly failed in life. I attempted numerous times to succeed at school, just couldn’t concentrate. Wasted so much time but I did learn some interesting stuff. Just never got a single degree for all that time. No relationships, no friends, no job, 15 year old car, severe depression for several years now. I’m trying hard to stay alive to make things work. Please wish me luck, I hope to completely turn my life around during my 30s, because I can’t stand another decade being alive but not living life.

    • Good luck. You can do it.

    • Jayson Duckett April 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Oh my God, you’re exactly like me, and I mean verbatim, word for word. As I read this, I thought I wrote it. I’m right there with you, man. Don’t give up, because I know I’m not.

      • Thanks guys. So far I’ve signed up for 24 hr fitness and working out and I’m taking some antidepressants but more importantly, trying to think positive. It’s still very hard and I’m still an emotional mess, some days I barely make it out emotionally, but am trying hard. 6 more months and I can buy my first new car! I’m pretty sure cruising around in it would cheer me up and it’ll just be the beginning. I need a better job though, part time jobs 🙁

    • Sushant Dahivalikar May 25, 2015 at 6:53 am

      U & I Have Same Problem. But you at least have old car but i dont have anything.

    • I’ve decided to go back to school and this time be serious about it. Hopefully I can get a job in a year and finish it around the same time. I have a friend of the family that’s skillful at the same career and he’s going to mentor me, I think. I hope one day I can look back on these dark days and breathe a sigh of relief. I need this giant weight off my shoulders. I have so much school debt to pay back….just so much to do.

  89. I love this post

  90. I felt like I had wasted my 20’s. Where did the time go? Exactly what I’m feeling right now!

  91. Wow – by the comments you can see this struck a chord. There is another angle here – in my life I have been very successful in my 20s but there is a feeling of emptiness. Like I should be doing something else, I traveled to the Philippines on my 30th birthday to see life in different way. It was so powerful – my life took a new direction of using entrepreneurship to create valuable jobs in the Philippines for people who are used to getting 2 dollars a day to turn them into bread winners for their whole family. You are never too old to start in life, and never too old to innovate.

  92. thank you so much, am really inspired, thank youuuuu 😉

  93. Sushant Dahivalikar May 25, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Iam in my 30s, and from past ten years iam still struggling with lots of problem in my life to make a way out for the bright and good start of my future.But yet iam the same as before. but i have kept that will spirit alive in me till today that one day i will find the way which i was waiting for. By reading this awesome success of above stars. My spirit became more active. that yes I will keep on struggling until i reach my open bright way.
    Thanks for sharing the great Publication to all.

  94. smackyobitchass June 12, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Thanx I really needed this. … I’ll be 30 later this year and I’m literally starting over…..

  95. Hello Mr Hsu. My name is Shaun. I turned 30 last year, it was a very unhappy birthday for me. I have battled depression on & off for years, but when the big 3-0 came, my depression peaked. I cried for the first time in years. I thought stuff like “I’m old now, it’s too late to do anything, my 20’s were useless, I failed”.
    I went to sleep that night incredibly sad & nothing anyone could say could cheer me up. There is such a stigma to 30 that really saddens me, for example: 30 is to late to find love if you are single and never had a relationship before because people red flag that. Stuff like that only makes me feel worse about my age. Your post has made me aware that there are others who have made it in the 30 age.
    I just hope I can too somehow…..maybe.

    • Shawn hmu taotrader86 at gmail if your ever down need advice what have you I had that mind set and overcame it love life no matter what we are life loving who you are at any age is how you love life

  96. I will be 28 and I want to be famouce singer but i afraid i gona get Recorde deal on 30 and i have big depression

  97. I loved the compilation, it surely gives us a huge dose of inspiration. Being in love with writing, I have this belief that one idea can change it all in a flash. This was the underlying thought when I wrote this post: https://4yearoldadult.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/moments-of-life-leads-to-destiny/

    Thanks a lot for inspiring us.

    P.S.: I am 6 years behind the the mark of 30, and I wasted 5 years on a relationship :p

  98. Great inspiration for individuals who are in their late twenties. I have a college degree no job though I also messed up so bad at the age of 25 I acquired a criminal record. So its way harder for me to feel inspired about the future. The world is changing and everyone is not accepting anybody like me. But good luck to those who are working towards bettering their lives. I’d love to become an actress. I’m one of the jack of all trades master of nothing types. Its hard to get over my mistakes especially when nothing is going right. But hopefully things will workout but who knows

    • Stay encouraged! The enemy wants you to quit and give up on yourself. DON’T! Your past does not define who you are and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT WADDLE IN self-pity, Hold your head up and pursue your dreams.

  99. I want to be an actress. But I have not got practice. And I am living in a country where art and film is not developed. I would like to leave my place. But without money it’s difficult to move forward.

  100. Ursus Tweeling July 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks for this article, I really needed it. I’m 31, I got no job, barely able to survive, got 35000 debt of shit I did in my early years. I also feel I wasted the years before my 30. I feel I fucked up. So really thanks for this. It’s all about staying positive and just keep pushing. Never to late to pick yourself up and go for something.

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