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You Are Never Too Old To Accomplish Great Things

100-year-old Fauja Singh completes marathonDo you think that after a certain age you are no longer capable of major achievements?

If so, I disagree.

People over 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and even 100, are accomplishing incredible things.

Nobel Prizes

You are probably familiar with the prestigious Nobel Prizes which recognize excellence in the sciences and in working for peace.

Did you know that there have been Nobel Laureates in theirs 80s and 90s?

  • In 2002, 88-year-old Raymond Davis Jr. received a Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • 85-year-old John B. Fenn was a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2002.
  • Peyton Rous, when he was 87, received a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • Doris Lessing, while 88 years old, was a Nobel Laureate in Literature in 2007.
  • Joseph Rotblat was honored for his work in promoting peace in 1995, when he was 87.
  • And Leonid Hurwicz received a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2007. He was 90 when the prize was awarded!

Business And Finance

How about business and finance? Are people over 50, 60, 70 and 80 successful in business?

Of course.

The list of the 10 wealthiest individuals in the United States in 2011 included 55-year-old Bill Gates (of Microsoft, the youngest of the group), 81-year-old Warren Buffett (of Berkshire Hathaway) and 67-year-old Larry Ellison (of Oracle).

The list also included 81-year-old George Soros, a hedge fund manager, and 79-year-old Sheldon Adelson who owns casinos, mostly in Las Vegas.

And they are certainly not the only seniors who are successful in business.

As an example, I recently heard about Jerome Oxman who started Oxman’s Surplus back in 1961 and, at 96, is still running his business in Santa Fe Springs, California. In fact, as I write this, he’s in the process of expanding.

You Are Never Too Old To Accomplish Great Things

Physical Achievements

What about physical accomplishments? Are people over 50 physically “over the hill?”

Hardly.

Have you heard of 100-year-old Fauja Singh, the first centenarian to complete a marathon? Singh didn’t even take up competitive running until he was 89! Not only did he complete a marathon; but, just a few days before running the marathon in October, 2011, he also set 8 more running records at shorter distances!

At 62, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad made a valiant attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida through shark infested waters. She swam about 60 miles before she was forced to give up her attempt . . . for now.

Want more examples?

Bill Anderson, at 78, bicycled from San Diego to Jacksonville. George Brunstad swam the English Chanel at 70. Lucille Borgen won a water skiing championship on her 91st birthday.

And the list goes on . . . and on.

No, age is not a reason to forego your dreams. It’s never too late to become the person you always dreamed of being. Actress Mae West said it well when she said: “You’re never too old to become younger.”

With life spans increasing, standards of living improving and health care advancing, there is no doubt that more and more incredible things will be done by people whose odometers have gone around more than once.

Quotes About Staying Young

When you’re having trouble staying positive, remember these great quotes about staying young . . .

  • “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
    C.S. Lewis
  • “You’re never too old to become younger.
    Mae West
  • “I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming… suddenly you find – at the age of 50, say – that a whole new life has opened before you.
    Agatha Christie
  • “To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
    Bernard M. Baruch
  • “Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
    Betty Friedan
  • “I never feel age…If you have creative work, you don’t have age or time.
    Louise Nevelson
  • “The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.
    Doris Lessing
  • “In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
    Edith Wharton
  • “Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty.
    Ellen Glasgow
  • “I grow more intense as I age.
    Florida Scott-Maxwell

  • “The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
    Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.
    George Sand
  • “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
    Lucille Ball
  • “No matter how old you are, there’s always something good to look forward to.
    Lynn Johnston
  • “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
    Michael Pritchard
  • “Age is…wisdom, if one has lived one’s life properly.
    Miriam Makeba
  • “I am an old man, but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life.
    Pablo Casals
  • “He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
    Plato
  • “To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age.
    Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • “You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.
    Anouk Aimee
  • “To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart – and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love.
    Karl von Bonstetten

If you don’t feel better about aging than you did when you started reading these quotes, read them again.