Success After 50! 10 people who made it once they hit their golden years.

Don’t believe that old cliché about middle-aged dogs and new tricks. Lots of wildly successful people found big success in careers they began after their fiftieth birthdays. Here are just a few examples.


Harland Sanders was no slouch as a young man, but he didn’t become the string-tied chicken mogul we know and love until he was 65. “The Colonel” had a relatively successful restaurant and motel on U.S. 25 in Corbin, KY, but when Interstate 75 opened seven miles from Sanders’ restaurant, his business begin to dwindle. Rather than go broke, he began to work on perfecting his spice blend and quick-cooking technique for making fried chicken in 1952. He then began touring the country selling Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises, and by the time he sold the business for $2 million in 1964, there were over 900 of them.


Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series may be some of the world’s most beloved children’s books, but she was no spring chicken when she sat down to write them. Wilder didn’t publish her first novel until she was 65 years old, and she still managed to crank out 12 books in her series, although some were published posthumously.


The husband-and-wife team behind the popular dining surveys of the same name were corporate lawyers when they first started printing their restaurant guides. Eventually the guides became so popular that Tim left his job as corporate counsel for Gulf & Western to manage the business in 1986 when he was 51 years old. Nina eventually left the corporate law world to work on the dining surveys as well. In 2011, Google bought Zagat for $151 million.


You don’t have to start early to become the richest man in the world. Mori was an economics professor until he left academia at age 55 to become a real estate investor in 1959. Mori had recently inherited a couple of buildings from his father, and he jumped headfirst into Tokyo’s real estate scene. Mori started his second career by investing in the Minato ward where he spent his childhood, and within a matter of years he was presiding over Japan’s real estate boom.

When Mori died in 1993, he was Forbes‘ two-time reigning world’s richest man with a net worth of around $13 billion. He was something of a Japanese precursor to Warren Buffett, though. Mori never seemed totally comfortable with the fame and fortune his second career won him. He dressed traditionally, abstained from alcohol, and lived a fairly modest life.


Anna Mary Robertson Moses is one of the biggest names in American folk art, and she didn’t even pick up a brush until she was well into her eighth decade. Grandma Moses was originally a big fan of embroidery, but once her arthritis grew too painful for her to hold a needle, she decided to give painting a try in the mid-1930s. She was 76 when she cranked out her first canvas, and she lived another 25 years as a painter—long enough to see the canvases she had sold for $3 fetch prices north of $10,000.


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The founder of the Hare Krishna movement was 69 years old before he started the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In his native India, Prabhupada had been a chemist and a Sanskrit scholar in Calcutta, but in 1965 he came to New York City with just fifty bucks, a pair of cymbals, and a desire to spread the teachings of Lord Krishna.

Prabhupada got off to a modest start by sitting on a sidewalk in the East Village and chanting, but by the time of his death in 1977 his legions of followers were rumored to be thousands strong.


Whether or not you know it, you probably owe Hoyle a tip of the cap each time you reach for a deck of cards. The Englishman is considered to be the world’s first technical writer on the rules of card games, and he didn’t put pen to paper as a young card sharp. Hoyle was around 70 years old when he first began recording the rules of various card games in 1741; over the last 27 years of his life, his smash hit A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist went through over a dozen editions.


Ray Kroc was an American entrepreneur best known for expanding McDonald’s from a local chain to the world’s most profitable restaurant franchise operation.  was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on October 5, 1902. Kroc worked as a salesman for 17 years after World War I, before becoming involved with McDonald’s in the 1950s. Kroc purchased the restaurant company in 1961, implementing automation and strict preparation standards that helped make McDonald’s the world’s largest restaurant franchise before his death in 1984, at the age of 81.

“I guess to be an entrepreneur you have to have a large ego, enormous pride and an ability to inspire others to follow your lead.”
—Ray Kroc


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Sure, Reagan had been a famous actor, but he wasn’t elected to his first public office until he was 55 years old. In 1966 Reagan won California’s gubernatorial race by over a million votes. Prior to his election, Reagan had done some politicking as the president of the Screen Actors Guild and as spokesman for General Electric, but nothing on his resume made him look like a sure-fire two-term president. (And after a tennis tournament benefit for the Nancy Reagan Drug Abuse Fund in 1988, the Gipper got to meet a young Johnny Depp.


7 Law of Attraction Ways to Live Abundantly

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  1. Always have clear goals and intentions… When your goals are clear… when you know what you are doing – today, tomorrow, the next day and where its taking you, the direction that you are headed and your intentions are clear you are already beginning to live an abundant life.
  2. Teach others about inspiration, motivation and the law of attraction.  Share it with others.  Pass it on.  Pay it forward.
  3. Get involved in a charity-It is so amazing to work with others on something special.   Bring a specially prepared meal to a group of homeless people.  Nothing can give one more of a sense of gratitude, self worth and abundance than to help others.
  4. Connect with positive people and energy—People who speak positively and take positive actions
  5. Take action-Do it Now… Make this your motto.
  6. Do affirmations daily… Engage yourself in I AM statements.  Who are you? Where are you going?  Don’t pass on this.
  7.  Develop an intimate loving connected relationship with source energy—Meditate, find your spiritual guides.  Ask for them.  They are your co-partner in creating the life you desire.  This isn’t something that you can do in one meditation.  It takes time and several attempts. There are some great guided meditations available online at YouTube.


I Had A Visitor!

visitor officeEveryone in the blogging world must know that it feels great to have that first visitor to their site.  Well, I had that today.  I’m actually a touch embarrassed because the site isn’t much yet.  But it still felt awesome to see that one person out there in InternetLand visited this page… And not through a Google Ad or a Facebook lead, just a natural visit.

What brought them here?  Who cares?  I do, but that stats aren’t that informative and if they are I don’t know how to use them yet.  Is that what Google Analytics does.

Either way, I’m commemorating it with this post because its like that first dollar that a restaurant tapes on the wall.  Its the start of the business and it deserves a nod.  Thank you, first visitor, where ever you are.  Welcome. Please come back again.