Age is just a number, many of the world’s top companies, products and ideas were created by people coming from both sides of the age spectrum.
If someone tells you that you are too young or too old to pursue something don’t dwell on it, rather use it to benefit yourself. Take any words of discouragement and use them to fuel your goals and achieve your aspirations. Check out these living examples of successful people of all ages who chased their dreams and marched overtop of adversity.
Colonel Sanders 65 – KFC
Colonel Harland David Sanders held a number of jobs in his early life including farmer, streetcar conductor, railroad maintenance, fireman, steam engine stoker, insurance man, and a filling station operator. At the age of 52 after closing his famed restaurant, which granted him the title of colonel, he decided to devote his time to start the fried chicken empire known as KFC opening at the ripe age of 65.
Charles Flint 61 – IBM
Charles Ranlett Flint avid sportsman loved swimming, hunting, fishing, sailing, and aviation. He negotiated the Wright Brothers’ first sales of airplanes overseas. His most notable achievement was founding the Computer-Tabulating-Recording company (C-T-R), the forerunner of IBM. Flint purposed a merger between three companies creating the Computer-Tabulating-Recording Company.
Ray Kroc 52 – McDonald’s
Ray Croc was first employed during World War I, when he lied about his age and became a Red Cross ambulance driver. After the war, he worked a variety of jobs until landing on milkshake mixer salesman which got him in contact with Richard and Maurice McDonald. In 1952 he purchased and franchised the company, it remains one of the most successful chains to this day.
Grady Flinn 42 – FlinnWest Solutions
CEO & Founder Grady Flinn started his tech background with a Commodore Vic 20 that evolved into a passion for coding, designing and building powerful customer relationship management platforms. Along with his developmental journey came many challenges and successes that pushed him to start FlinnWest Solutions and built a team of dynamic specialists with a goal to advance and push the boundaries for all his client projects and ideas.
Sam Walton 40 – Walmart / Sam’s Clubs
Samuel Moore was an American businessman and entrepreneur known for founding Walmart and Sam’s Club. Walton grew up in Oklahoma then Missouri where his family endured the great depression. After college, he joined the military and with some help from his father along with his military savings, he purchased his first store and essential the start what would become the Walmart franchise.
Cher Wang 38 – HTC Corporation
Cher Wang is the Co-founder of the billion-dollar tech company HTC which is focused on creating new and innovative smartphones, and telecommunication technologies. She studied abroad at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. From there she joined the First International Computer company in 1982 and this sparked her interest into the industry. In 1987 she left FIC and founded HTC with a select few others.
Reed Hastings 36 – Netflix
Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. is the Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Netflix. He serves on the board of Facebook and numerous non-profit organizations. Starting his career after college by joining the peace core for 3 years teaching math in Swaziland. This trip created his entrepreneurial confidence “Once you have hitchhiked across Africa with ten bucks in your pocket, starting a business doesn’t seem too intimidating.”. After working for a software company, he founded Pure Software and took it public with Morgan Stanley. In 1997 he founded the entertainment titan known as Netflix.
Jack Ma 35 – Alibaba
A Chinese business magnate, investor, and Philanthropist, he is the co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group. He began his life as a tourist guide for free for 8 years and learned speaking English fluently. From there he went on to teach English which connected him to his pen pals who would eventually fund his aspiration. In 1999 he founded the Alibaba Group.
Denise Coates 32 – Bet365
Mrs. Coates is the founder of the online betting site Bet365. She took just one year to take her idea and develop and launch the platform. She managed to secure a loan £15 million from the Royal Bank of Scotland to back the house. With the loan acquired she had everything they needed to create one of the most successful businesses of its kind.
Elon Musk 31 – SpaceX
Elon Reeve Musk is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He is the founder & CEO, lead designer of Space X, Co-founder & CEO of Tesla as well as the founder of the Boring Company and Co-founder of PayPal. A man with many goals and a mission to complete them, they include, reducing global warming through sustainable energy production, consumption, and reducing the risk of human extinction by establishing a human colony on Mars.
Jeff Bezos 31 – Amazon
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur, founder and Chairman, CEO, and President of Amazon formally designated as the Wealthiest Person in the World at $112 Billion. Bezos worked at several firms on Wall Street, such as Fitel Bankers Trust, and the investment firm D.E. Shaw. It was a successful lucrative career, but Bezos wanted more so he moved to Seattle made his one-stop online shop a reality.
Steve Jobs 21 – Apple
Steve Paul Jobs was a true American business magnate and investor. He spent his childhood in California’s engineering neighborhood where he graduated from High School in Cupertino. He then spent one semester at Reed College before dropping out and going on a self-searching journey. He was the Chairman/CEO/Co-founder of Apple Inc and the majority owner of Pixar studios.
Starting your own business and becoming an entrepreneur isn’t easy. In fact, it may be the most challenging thing you’ve ever attempted. None of these inspiring business founders had their corporate empires given to them. They all had to step over and conquer adversity in their life. These people are proof age is just a number, with the right idea, dedication, and a lot of hard work it’s never too late or early to build your own empire.
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