Will Your Age Define Your Success?

At the age of 23, Oprah Winfrey was abruptly fired from her first reporting job.

At the age of 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.

At the age of 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.

At the age of 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.

At the age of 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.

At the age of 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.

At the age of 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.

At the age of 40, Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team and didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue.

Stan Lee didn’t release his first big comic book until he was 40 years old.

At the age of 42, Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting.

Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was the age of 46.

Morgan Freeman landed his first major movie role at the age of 52.

Grandma Moses didn’t begin her painting career until the age of 76.

These following individuals are successful because they never gave up on their dreams. They are no different from you or me. Regardless of your age, color, or current financial situation, you too can succeed. Never give up on your dreams and always have a thankful heart to move forward from your failures.

For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11

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What I Didn’t Know About Being An Entrepreneur

Being your own boss can be very difficult. It requires long nights and getting up early in the morning to get a head start on the day. Here are a few things I wish I would have known before starting a business.

Money

It takes a lot of capital to start and maintain a business. Most new businesses fail within 3-5 years and then they may fail within the next 10 years. Business loans are great, but if you do not manage your finances correctly (including taxes) you’re absolutely doomed to failure- no one wants to end a business with a pile of debt.

Time

A lot of the time entrepreneurs give up too early on their business. A business may take over 5 years in order to see profitable results. Keep in mind that perseverance is everything.

Rejection

There will be many times when you will be rejected from other businesses or receive negative customer reviews. What do you do? Fix the situation immediately and move on. Not everyone will be happy with you or be pleased with what you’re doing. But if you maintain a positive and friendly attitude, you will build the right connections for a successful business.

Start Over

Perhaps you’re in the position when you need to start over? Understand this…it’s okay! Ending a business is very painful, but if it didn’t work out simply start over and try again.

Being an entrepreneur is very challenging. Depending on the field of work, it can be exausting and mentally draining. However, if you do what you love it’s always easy to get back up if you knocked down. If you feel exhausted and having doubts, keep going! Those who make it to the top never give up. Stay encouraged, associate with like-minded entrepreneurs, and win the race.