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Have you ever wondered whether or not you’re “too old” to do what you love?

Age insecurity is a stubborn mental block that prevents many would-be superstars from achieving massive success.

If you’ve ever been paralyzed by thinking you’re too old – or too young – to do what you really want to do, I can relate.

More on that in this week’s video.

Press play on the video below and learn a simple, proven question that instantly eliminates indecision and can help you overcome age insecurity once and for all.

Plus, you’ll learn about three cultural icons who got their start a wee bit later in life and went on to kick major ass in their respective fields.

Of course, there are loads of other famous and not so famous examples of people who achieve great things at every age!

But what’s really important for me here is YOU.

Are you letting the idea that you’re too old or too young hold you back?

In the comments below this video, tell me your specific experience with this topic.

Know anyone who considers themselves a late bloomer?

Did you ever pass on something because you thought you were too old and now you want to smack yourself?

If you found this post valuable, please share it with your friends and network.

As always, thank you for reading and watching!


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  1. First name that popped in my mind was Colonel Sanders, who didn’t start Kentucky Fried Chicken until his 60s (if I remember right).

    I always enjoy watching your videos! Another great one today!

    • Hey Grady! Nice to see the boys getting in on the comments.

      I’m sure the “too old” excuse, is another way of saying “I don’t want change”. When I decided to be a professional graphic designer I needed tertiary education or private tuition. I opted for school and I was really happy when the teachers were older than me.

      I don’t consider it three years of schooling, it was three years of daily exposure to the younger generation. I came away with a better understanding of what the future holds… That was ten years ago, and now I am doing exactly what I love.

      • Olivia

        Hey Sally… I’m ‘bumpin’ this because I desperately need advice… I’ve dealt with some pretty crazy stuff in my late teens/twenties… I have just turned 30 (in September 2013) and a year ago now decided to finally follow my damn dreams and become a fashion designer. I enrolled in an incredibly expensive course which I pay off in weekly installments of $150 pw… Yet despite the obvious financial motivation to study… I have simply continued making the burdensome weekly payments but stood, paralysed, literally frozen, too scared to even LOOK at my textbooks (even though any book to do with fashion design/fashion business/graphic/web design etc… Gives me butterflies of excitement because I’m SO in love with every single facet of the design world/industry, so it’s not nerves about actually being able to study) it’s the fact that I believe I’m too old to study for the next 3-5 years and then at 35 onwards try and break into such an apparently competitive industry… I have told myself that no one will hire an entry level fashion designer at 35plus… That’s the jobs that go to people in their early-mid twenties… I’m terrified. But I don’t do anything else, I am SO depressed (I suffer with depression), and I psyche myself up to start and then all the negativity comes flooding back up for me.
        Look, I’m sure most people are not as ‘crazy’ as me but when I read about you following your design dreams something definitely struck a chord! (As it should I suppose!) Please, can I ask- did you find it difficult to find work? Is it tough financially? Are you working full time in what you love? (Design) And exactly how you thought/where you thought you’d be? Are you happy with your decision? And did you have any issues facing finding employment later in life? Are you close in age to myself? (I apologise if that’s rude I’m just so in awe of what you have achieved and I would find it so very inspirational to gain some insight from someone who’s followed their dreams;) if anyone else has any advice also, I would just be so thrilled to hear it;) thank you Marie Forleo for ALL your videos you truly are my own personal cyber-mentor. I just adore you and everything you stand for;) xxoo

        • Anna

          I bought my first and only business when I was 52 and failed miserably 5 years later. I lost everything, became depressed and deeply unhappy with myself. After one year of feeling sorry for myself I decided that I am not too old to do Fashion Design and Technology course at the age of 59 and now at nearly 61 I am planning to start my own label from home. It will take time starting without funds but… I have time. Don’t know how much time but that doesn’t bother me anymore.

          • Fantastic Anna, I like you style and I’m sure that your business will rock because you believe you can.

          • Go for it! you’re attitude is really inspiring.

          • Anna,
            You give me hope. I am 60 and starting over in interior design for the 3rd time. I have wasted so many years feeing that I am not good enough. But I feel that it is something that I can and must do. I finally feel that I am good enough. And like you, I have time. I don’t know how much time, but I could slap my 50 year old self!

          • Denise

            Poah.. congrats Anna. I’m really impressed and totaly inspired by your comment.. thanks!…
            good luck for your new business

          • Susan

            Not sure when you posted Anna, but I am interested in how you are doing with your fashion business.

          • Lenore

            Yay Anna! I hope you are having all the success you dream of in your current adventure! I am 60 and developing a coaching business. Wish me luck! 😉

        • Hey Olivia

          You asked if I found it difficult to find work? Well… yes! I was nowhere near ready for that ‘look of horror’ on the employers face as I walked through the door. They couldn’t believe that someone who sounded so hip on the phone, could have such an old face. So, I stopped looking for someone to ‘support’ me with a pay-check, and started to do it for myself.

          I understood that a lot of the decision makers in the companies I wanted to work with, were people of my own age. So, as a mature age business professional, I was able to anticipate the client future need, and offer real-time proven solutions. I made myself the ‘go-to’ girl for all their design and promotional needs.

          I’d be happy to support a fashion designer who had my figure in mind, when they were creating beautiful clothing for the mature age woman.

        • Youth Preservation

          Do it. I turn 60 in a few days, and wish I did it at your age. When I was 29, I decided to go for nursing, which was completely the wrong direction for me. I listened to others instead of my the beat of my own drum. Now, at 60, I am returning to school to be a nurse esthetician, because I also love the beauty industry. I would jump at returning to half my life ago to go in the direction you are heading; fashion is wonderful, also my love, and so is interior design. If you have a knack for it, which sounds like you do, go for it. In 30 years, you will remember the 60 year old reader who said to do it, and glad you did. By the way, as a nurse, I could also be a designer, and design hospitals and wellness centers; nurse interior designers are a rare breed who have a BSN and an ASID. Go for the degree that stirs your heart as your foundation; you can always add on or go in another direction. No one will hire you? Start your own design studio; all you need to do is bring some of your designs to the top retailers…It’s how several designers became famous.

    • lena

      I know one woman who worked for 17 years as a manicurist only finished 9th grade, who has 2 children, at 41 she having passed all the school and entrance exams without bribes have entered to the medical institute

    • Stacey

      I just graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition..I’m 49 !! Go Me!!

      • Peg

        Congratulations Stacey! I am 49 and graduated from IIN in 2013 too! 🙂

        • Stacey

          Peg, such a small world! Congratulations! Look me up on FB Stacey Rivera-Johnstone!

      • Can you help me figure out WHERE to start ? I am 43 and I have no car or license, no money, no marketable skills of any kind . I say I want to be a write manga-type novels and do my own illustrations, but every time I try, my mind goes blank and I end up staring at a blank sheet of paper . And my drawing skills ? Forget about it, I can’t even put the pencil to the paper without freezing up in fear and going blank on ideas . Yet, My desire to draw and write is so strong, I’ve got tubs full of art supplies and writing materials stashed in my bedroom . I need a job, but I’m tired of dead end jobs that don’t pay much and get me no closer to my goals . I WANT to change, but I feel like I’m permanently STUCK standing still like a deer in headlights, too scared to move . How do I move forward and what am I supposed to do ? What steps can I take to get hired ANYWHERE if I have no car or driving license ? HELP !

    • At 60 years young I’ve just started in a new business with MLM……….as the product of health & wellness resonated with my heritage. Scary…..starting with baby steps,,,,,,,,,,learning to walk. I have watch people get massive results fast, I no longer compare myself……..I TRUST in the Process of doing it MY WAY at my pace………I have started to grow a tougher skin……….learning as I GO!! Drinking my way with coffee & tea infused with Chinese Herbs……..a WELL providing me with a “Fountain of Youth”. Over come my fear of growing old……….with a BIG leap of FAITH!

    • At 60 year young I’m starting out in MLM as I found the product resonates with my wellbeing as well as my heritage. I have overcome my fear of growing old from drinking from the WELL- of the “Fountain of Youth.”. A range of coffee & tea, infused with Chinese Herbs, has help me overcome my fear of growing old. Now, how how to build is TRUSTING in the PROCESS – step by step –

    • Hi all, I am a 52 year old mother of five grown children. I own my own home-based travel business which I have grown and developed over the past five years and am now enjoying increasing success in the destination wedding niche market. Recently, I have been toying with the idea of taking yoga teacher training and am hoping to perhaps teach yoga in the mornings and evenings and then tend to travel in the remainder of the day. You are NEVER too old to follow your dreams and life really is too short to have regrets! Don’t let a number identify who you are. 🙂 Best of Luck to all of you!

  2. ali

    Good timing! Thanks for the fun insights.

  3. Great video Marie! (as usual)

    I believe the “too old” excuse is really a manifestation of the Yeah But Disease. The Yeah But Disease is a silent killer, quietly killing our hopes and dreams.

    Here’s how the how the Yeah But Disease kills: “I really want to be an online entrepreneur…Yeah But I don’t know anything about coding.” or “I really want to study fashion…Yeah But I’m too old to make a career change.”

    The cure for the Yeah But Disease is simple, but not easy. To eradicate the Yeah But Disease all you have to do is start taking action. It really is that simple.

    However, the disease is strong and it WILL make it very difficult to step out, in faith, and take action.

    Thanks Marie for reminding us to keep moving – and believing we can succeed!

    • Melissa Atwood

      Wayne – spot on!

      I am going to share your words of wisdom and the cure for the cursed Yeah But Disease.

    • I’m launching a comic book called Inspector Sauce. He’s Oxfords most dysfunctional Detective. Should have done it years ago but there you go. I suppose I was going: ‘yeah but…….

    • Robyn Adair

      I’m a late bloomer who has the, “I’m too old” and “yeah,but” diseases. I’m educated in the arts, and feel I’m not educated enough. At 63, and no $ to put out for more education is depressing.

  4. Love this! As soon as I get out of grad school (next August) I am going to launch my modeling career! I’ll be 27 and I already feel I’m way too old but you know what?! I’m already kicking myself for not trying at 18 and I figure it’s better late than never (I’d love to start now but I work full time AND go to school full time!).

    • Farah Belliard

      Gosh, I identify with you sooo much!

      I’m seriously considering an attempt to sing professionally. It scares the bejesus out of me, however.

    • June-Marie

      Hi Jessie,
      I am 61 and started modeling/acting at 58.
      I am living with a chronic illness and thought my life was over. I slipped into a depression and started feeling sorry for myself.
      My kids talked me into doing a photo shoot to help make me feel good about myself. The photographer felt I was a natural and encouraged me to do some mature modeling.
      He posted some of my photos on his site and the rest is history. I haven’t stopped since.
      This has helped build my confidence, my self esteem, a deeper passion for life and a greater positive attitude.
      This has saved my life and pretty much given me a new life.

      Follow your heart’s desire.

      • Angie O'Quinn

        Hi June,
        I will soon be 42 and have been looking into beginning modeling/acting/dancing. It is something I have always wanted to try, but have previously been too busy being a single mom to 2 children and the area I live in is not very conducive to those fields. Your comment inspires me to continue to follow my interests. I absolutely LOVE hearing about people who have not let their dreams get away from them regardless of their age.

    • Youth Preservation

      These days no age is too old. When I was 27 it was. I am 60 in a few days, and guess what…my age is in demand for models….So, though I have one direction I am considering, I am also thinking of this, for which I have been asked to do! Go for it!

  5. I am definitely a “late bloomer” and it wasn’t necessarily by choice. I have been a stay-at-home homeschooling mom to my 3 boys for the past 14 years but when my husband left me, I HAD to reinvent myself. I went to school to become a massage therapist for 2 1/2 years (at the age of 37) and then realized my real passion was working with women and babies…so I started my Tranquil Baby business that deals with helping families during the immediate postpartum period. I also became certified in infant massage.
    I would have NEVER in a million years thought that I could start a brand new business at almost 40 years old but sometimes life has a way of pushing you even when you’re not quite ready 🙂 Now I am so thankful for my divorce LOL

    • Farah Belliard

      Bravo, Nicole! I applaud you for pushing forward!

  6. Sandra

    Age – what’s that! I am celebrating my age and the wisdom that comes with all of the experiences of the past 54 years. Through my experiences of late, I have discovered a passion for life and the law so I am off to University to do my BA in Justice Studies. I have been accepted to begin year 3 of the program based on – you guessed it – my experiences!!! Most of my peers are talking of retirement in the next few years and I am excitedly talking about starting a new career. This gal is planning on taking the lessons, wisdom, and passion for learning, and enter the later half of my centennial life with gusto and a huge smile!

    • Farah Belliard

      Wow, Sandra. What an inspiration! Best of luck to you in your new career! ♥

    • Ruth

      Wow Sandra – you are amazing. Hmmm, what am I worrying about!

      • Melissa

        Thank you Sandra for your inspiring life experiences…I struggle often with fear and my insecurities about starting anew give me hope Melissa 46

    • HAV

      You go girl! I’m 58 and graduating from nursing school (BSN) this year. Bring it on.

      • Nathalie

        That’s amazing, congratulation! I’ve been trying to go back and do the same and everyone around me including my kids and family told me I was too old. So I wasted my time in private colleges for MOA/ECG tech and MLT with Provincial certification and cannot find work. I am 54 and want to make a difference in the world so I will take your advice and go back to school and the heck with everyone….God Bless!

        • Youth Preservation

          What these people are saying is their own fears, and if you prove them wrong, it only makes it worse for them. Go for it; I am 60 in a few days, and starting up a new business.

      • Robin

        I’m starting my prereqs this year at 47. Congrats to you! I’ve been a nanny for almost 7 years, and love taking care of babies and new moms. Hoping to become a postpartum nurse. Doing it all on loans, so if anyone knows of grants for older women going back to school please let me know. Thanks!

        • Youth Preservation

          Don’t listen to the naysayers. I went to nursing school totally on grants and scholarships at age 30. Check with your school; they will assist you.

    • Ana

      Sounds great but who’s paying for it? You’re definitely not too old to go back to school … but if you don’t have the money, it’s definitely too late.

      • Diane

        Ana – “If you don’t have the money, then it’s definitely too late?” That is SOOOOO not true! Where there’s a will there’s a way, and if you really want it, then the money will be there – no matter how old you are.

        • Ana

          Sorry, Diane, but I must gently and respectfully disagree back. No, the money doesn’t automatically appear if you want something. No matter how much you want something, you’re not always going to get the resources for it.

          • Ana

            What I meant specifically was that you can certainly go back to school at any age, but if you don’t have the money, it’s much riskier to take out large loans late in life. There’s less time to pay them off. Of course, you must make your own decisions and if you feel safe, that’s great. For myself, having experienced substantial debt before, I choose not to go into it at this point in my life, no matter the reason. A small loan is one thing, especially if the return is all but assured.

          • Joan

            I have to agree with you, Ana. I am 52, just lost a good purchasing job after 6 years, and I only just got my associates degree two years ago. I am already in debt for that to the tune of about 13,000 (University of Phoenix). Unfortunately, everyone wants a Bachelor’s degree now, and I can’t see getting myself into even more debt for that. I will never pay off what I owe now, let alone if I had to pay for a Bachelor’s degree.

          • Opal Ridgely

            IF you are determined the way IS possible grants, scholarships both merit or need-based, student programs, internships (yes paid ones) doing 2 years @ community college before transferring to a state school holds down the cost of education, there are also companies that offer paid tuition or tuition reimbursement programs. It also possible to join Peace Corps, Ameri Corps or the Agency for National Community Service to acquire at least 5,000 dollars of loan forgiveness to pay down some student loan debt.

    • Diane

      Fantastic, Sandra! You’re an inspiration 🙂

    • Leslie Lange

      You just made my day~

    • Leslie Lange

      Sandra, thank you, thank you!

  7. One of my favorite stories about people being able to start something at any age is Colonel Sanders – he only started with the KFC restaurants when he was 66 and built a company that reached far corners of the globe.

    To me, I’d much rather take a chance and fall flat on my face than wonder “What if…” later in life. You are never too old to follow your dreams!

  8. Loved this post, Marie. What’s so funny is that, when I look back, I’m not sure I could predict what I might regret passing up on, except I know we especially regret what we didn’t do.

    Still, here’s another encouraging article that I only recently found: Malcolm Gladwell’s article in “The New Yorker” titled “Late Bloomers.” Here’s the link, if anyone’s interested.

    Thanks again. Love Q&A Tuesdays!

  9. Donna Webster

    I love Tuesdays with you Marie!
    At 50 I feel like I’m just spreading my wings.
    I recently did my first Ironman triathlon for 50th birthday and was blown away when they announced a 70 year old woman doing her first! When they asked her to raise her hand I was so happy to find her right next to me as we were about to plunge into the ocean with 600 other swimmers …all at once! She is a great example of . . it’s never too late. Look at 61 year old Diana Nyad still attempting her Florida to Cuba 104 mile swim! Let’s Go Girls!

  10. I loved this video message Marie!
    Here is another favorite late bloomer of mine, Louise Hay (author of “You Can Heal Your Life” and founder of Hay House Publishing) She started her company at age 50.
    Oh, then of course there’s Betty White — hosting SNL in her 80’s.


    • Louise actually started Hay House when she was 61!!:) (I met her the other week) Even better, right, Heather!:)

    • Omg Betty White! She’s still going strong ! Love her !

  11. Pat

    Beautiful Mary! I still want to smack myself now for not persuing modeling. I was so close that I actuallly walked off my first gig because I was so scared (and I was 20!!!).. I still ask the what if?? I had actually gone through with the gig… smack smack smack

    • Farah Belliard

      Hey, Pat! I had a similar experience. For me, it was turning down a management contract with the man who discovered Evelyn “Champagne” King! I was SO AFRAID… I’m definitely smacking myself for THAT one. Ugh.

    • april

      Older models are rocking the runways and print ads. Check out Eileen Fisher ads as well as Pinterest and type in older models.
      Senior Style Bible run by a great woman named Dori is rocking the modeling world and she is in her 80’s.

      • Youth Preservation

        I am going to look into this…I turn 60 in a few days, and was told by Chanel makeup artists I should be modeling (lol). I am only 5’4″, though I am a size 0 – 2, so I am going for it.

    • June-Marie

      Hi Pat,
      I started modeling at age 58 and I am 61.
      There is lots of work out there for the over 40s + age group especially for commercials, corporate videos, online catalogue, print work, even fashion shows. You don’t even have to be 5′ 10″ lol.

      Give it a try my friend.

  12. Marie-
    As always, love your videos… I asked myself this question before i signed up for b-school to take my yoga business to the next level.. I looked at all the cute, young yoga teachers and thought that i was way too old to start making videos, etc… Then i realized that there are a ton of women my age ( almost 40-yikes!) that want to know that they can still look hot, and want a role model their age, not 20 years younger… ( we’ll see if i’m right next month when my new site launches.. lol )
    Can’t wait to meet you at RHH LIVE!

  13. This is amazing.
    What feels old to some feels young to others.

    I look extremely young for my age (which is awesome) and I do run into people who have said, “why would I ever listen to her, she has no life experience.”

    My thought is, they’re missing out They’re not my people. My people are people who love my youthful energy and my wisdom together. Not just one.
    I have to add, Laura Roeder has been such an inspiration for me this way.

    Just go out and do it!

  14. Like you, Marie, I love dancing! Sometimes I dream that I’m younger and my mom drives me to my dance class so when I get to my 20’s, I’m a professional dancer. Now I’m 28 and I feel I’m too old to be a professional dancer (not ballet, jazz or funky). However, I don’t see it as an age problem, but more like a body problem, like my body isn’t capable of stretching as it used to. Another “problem” is that I feel I don’t have enough money or enough time. I know what you’ll say about these last two “problems”, but what would you say about the body issue? Do you think our body is cable of everything at any age?


    • Daniela – IMO, I don’t think your body should stop you from doing what you want. It’s just a matter of taking that first step to get started. Besides, once you get moving, you might be surprised that your body can do more than you realize. Trust yourself and your body. Don’t do anything that you know is going to put your health at risk, but also don’t assume you’re incapable of something without giving it a shot. 🙂

      • Hello. I have always it never too late . I am taking singing lessons and am over 40. Have always sung but haven’t had technical training. It is so good to hear your testimonies. There are many very gifted people who could have followed their dream if they dident give up. I often say to people that God hasent given us 70 ,80, 90,100 years on this earth fdor nothing. One of the reasons is to follow your dream and make adifference in peoples lives. I come from Australia. Kind regards.

    • Farah Belliard

      Hey, Daniela. I totally agree with Crystal on this one.

      A perfect example is Mr. Pilates himself. He was doing things with his body when most people are walking around with canes. Obviously, however, the big issue is that if you decide to pursue this (or any other passion) you have to be all in, balls to the wall, Rottweiler with it.

      As you can see, this is the reason why I’m smacking myself for not pursuing a singing career when I was 18.

    • You’re kidding, right, girl? Martha Graham, the MOTHER of MODERN dance was performing up into her 90s!!!!!! She died at the age of 96!

      You are 28, you are not even on the warning list to get double checked for cancer. You’re the age that people have perfectly healthy babies. I mean, C’mon, girl!

      If you think your body can’t do it and THAT is why you aren’t doing it, you are going to kick yourself in the head when you’re 40. It takes PRACTICE to get your body BACK into that condition. I have a youtube video that shows you how to do the splits in 30 days, if you’d like. People do not become athletes OVERNIGHT.

      Start TODAY. Stretch for an hour every night. Effortlessly, you will begin to do things you forgot you could.

      • Dana

        I’m thinking of being trained as a dance teacher and worry that my body won’t be able to keep up. How old is old? I am a ballroom dancer….

        If you think it can help, would you also share your exercise video for stretching to do the splits?

        It is the thing I love most, to dance….I would like to get past being stuck in my mind about age!

        Thanks much,

    • As for money and time… again, are you kidding me? I mean, being a dancer does not require money. All of my dancer friends are living the dancer life — living pay check to pay check, figuring out how to make it work. The fact that you’re 28 and they’re a FEW years younger than you doesn’t make a difference. You don’t have enough MONEY to dance? NEITHER DO THE DANCERS! Dancing is FREE and we live in the time of INTERNET, GIRL!! You can get dance lessons FOR FREE ONLINE! You can find groups to meet up with and practice dancing with to improve yourself. Etc. etc!

      Okay, I’m sorry. I, myself, am a dancer on the side. Why on the side? Because I have a bigger passion than dance that occupies the rest of my time. There is time… You have the time to dance. Whenever something is important to you, you MAKE the time. Don’t act like you’ve never done that before.

      There are FREE dance workshops, lessons, etc. in every community if you look for them. Schedule an hour or two that particular day to go! Even if it is just one time a week, you can re-do your schedule to allow you time to DO WHAT YOU LOVE!!!

      I’m just really passionate about this because I, too, am a late dancer and have reached more success than I ever thought I could. I’ve put it on halt now because I have a new passion I am following, but I continue to dance on the side. I just really hope you don’t let these FALSE LIMITATIONS stop you from trying… y estoy estudiando espanol… asi subscribire a tu blog. Yo quiero saber sobre tu progress en la danza!

    • OH OH OH NEED I MENTIONNNNNNN that MARIE FORLEO HERSELF… STARRRTTTEEEDDD Hip hop dance at the age of 25, was not the best dancer, and yet was HIRED by NIKE to TRAVEL THE WORLD and TEACH!

      You have no more excuses. You are dismissed. 😛

      • OMG! I didn’t know I would get so many answers. In fact, I must say I didn’t expected even one. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WORDS, really. I must say you are totally right and I must confess that right now what is stopping me of dancing or starting up my business idea is courage. Although I don’t have so much time because I’m in my last year of my PhD, I know I could start doing some things, like looking for free classes, people to practice, etc., like Doka says. What I must find is the courage to follow my dreams, to stop waiting support from people around me, stop waiting for people to like me, etc.. People around me is very different from me, so I usually feel like I don’t fit, so I keep asking myself “am I ok?”. I know this is wrong and I’m working on it. However, your words, advices and support have given me a piece of courage to stop feeling this way and start feeling the way I want to feel: like a free, happy, hot dancer!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!


        p.d. Gracias Doka por tus palabras y por seguir mi blog 🙂 Cuídate y no dejes de bailar!!

        • Hola Daniela, Yo tambien soy bailarina, tengo 42. Baile profesionalmente en mis anos de juventud con varios artistas y viaje el mundo bailando. Sorry have to go back to English! 🙂 After i hit my 30’s i still wanted to dance but its late for jazz so I started Ballroom. I have perfomed in shows and even won 1st prize at a Dance Competition at work. At 41. I love dancing. The only time when its too late to dance is when you are dead. So go on and dance! By the way, i checked your blog and loved it, i just subscribed. Mine is in Spanish – about how to simplify our lives to live with more purpose. Good luck!

    • Diane

      Daniella – I agree with the other ladies. Do what you love and don’t limit yourself. Also, when you reach 38 and 48, you’ll kick yourself for thinking you were old at the age of 28.

    • DocK

      I didn’t start flexibility training until 2 weeks before my 50th birthday. Now when I am doing my training at the gym people say, “oh, you must have always been flexible,” or “you are double jointed,” when the truth is, I could never do splits and now I can even over-split. It takes a lot of time and effort to put into it but it will happen if it is your dream. Also, I have been doing weight training for 3 decades and used to compete in bodybuilding. So, that busts another myth that if a person is muscular she can’t be flexible. I hope my story encourages you to keep pursuing your dream.

    • Margit

      Dear Daniela,
      dance dance dance!
      The french choreographer Xavier Le Roy was is micro-bilologist when he started dancing at the age of 28 and had a very special approach which made him a significant figure even in the field.
      I always felt too old for dancing just because I consistently selected the wrong environments…
      I feel I need to write it down to give you an image of how sabotage can operate and hope this helps you to trust your dream now ; )
      1 at the age of 17 I trained for a brief period with 6-8 year olds ballet – so I felt far too old unable to catch up
      2 at the age of 24 I tried again and did a year of modern dance education ( I loved it) . I was the oldest and because I got a bad grade in technique, and did not have the strength to move against the expectations of my father I stopped, becoming an architect (& not quite, because it never was mine) .
      3 at the age of 33 I again had the opportunity to dance – then it was my relationship …that seemingly held me back
      And it took me another 18 years to finally allow myself to dance
      4 at the age of 45 I decided to join a Soul Motion course traveled overseas and I danced and danced and danced…of course not professionally, but with other dancers who dance for the sake of dancing and for joy. Some called me ‘skydancer’ asking whether I had some professional training ….but it is my love for dancing that anybody could recognize in my movements…see, I am sure if I had allowed myself to follow my ever-since dream at your age I would have spent my entire life – aligned with myself, dancing, spreading this joy.
      Since I choose the slower version , I am now in the process of finding my way with this passion : )

      I wish you from the bottom of my heart that you follow your hearts dream NOW don’t wait another single day

      Much Love,

    • Rhiannon

      Hi Daniela,

      I’m 26, I’ll be 27 in a few months. I AM starting dance now – I’m literally going to attend my first class next week. I’ve spent the last 4 years hiding from knowing that this is something I want to try, and I’m sick of it. I refuse to be on my death bed and thinking “I wish I had TRIED”. I refuse to be 30 and thinking the same thing. The time to start is now. I’m not particularly fit or flexible, but I know that I can get there with dedicated effort. I have enrolled in yoga class to work on flexibility in particular, and I’ll do whatever I have to to really give this a go. Wherever it takes me, I will be proud of myself knowing that I did this for ME. How many people can say they went for the thing they really want, even when it scared the pants off of them?! I’m going to be one of those people, along with all the lovely people in this thread!

    • Lyma

      Hey Daniela !
      Hope you’re good ! Can I talk to you in private if you want to ?
      This is my mail : [email protected]
      Maybe see you soon 🙂

  15. Marie, you really hit the nail on the head! You’re only too old when the grey matter in your head gets in the way of “taking action!” So many people are adverse to doing and possibly failing it freezes us into ” in action” . Just put your head down, figure out the steps you need to take, close your eyes and GO!
    Love your vids girl! You rock!

  16. Gry

    Awesome as always Marie! Too young or too old = one of my many excuses…. for delaying my decisions and actions. Thanks for the reminder! Can’t wait to shake that ass at RHH live! Gry

  17. Hi Marie! LOVE this video- the “too old” excuse is my favorite- I’m a 35 year old dancer and sometimes it’s really hard to audition next to the lovely ladies who are barely 21! But I DO IT, and I WORK. So ha. But oh boy is my age my favorite excuse. It’s usually strongest when I don’t feel like doing the work! It’s true that age changes you, and especially the body, but with people like Dara Torres out there kicking ass, all it takes is MORE work, HARDER work, and a really clear vision. I’m getting ready for a movie shoot this coming week and training like a fighter to feel great next to the younger chicks. Preparation and self care always win in the end. Love you and your vids, and thanks for the inspiration.

  18. I needed to read this today so badly! My career abruptly ended early this summer and I lost everything between losing my business and a divorce, so I’m completely starting over in life and career 4 months away from turning 40 with a new business. I’m so excited about the new business, but worried that I’m too old to start over again. On top of that, of course worried that I’m too old and washed up to start dating again. ugh. I needed this inspiration today to know that I WOULD go back and smack myself if I didn’t go for it and embrace this fresh start at the fabulous age of (almost) 40. Thank you, Marie for loving the late bloomers!

  19. Shayla Roberts

    Maria, Thanks so much for this great topic! I work with many entrepreneurial clients who are amazing seniors. They often have concerns about age as they launch businesses based on true passion and purpose – legacy stuff if you know what I mean. My experience with these folks is that it is their years of maturity and wisdom than makes their business offerings truly valuable. In fact, I’d say that it has taken every one of their years to weave together the depth and comprehensiveness of their gifts. You just can’t short cut through life experience!

    That said, I’ll reveal that I am in my late sixties and so very excited about my work! It has taken 20 years to seed and grow the garden of delights that I can now offer to others for their personal growth and professional development. I also recognize how magical the world is with young sages like you who bring such wonderful energy and surprising wisdom 🙂

  20. When watching the video I kept thinking about Betty White and her late blooming success story! She’s so funny, so popular, and I’m sure to some…so old!

    By the way, I made my first rap video (for the contest) at 41! Thanks, Marie, for igniting my playful goofiness.

  21. Hi Marie,

    Thanks so much for today’s video! As always your energy, wisdom and love of what you do just sparkled. And it really struck a chord for me as I start my second career(s) at age 44. Creativity is my passion…and starting taking singer/ songwriting, painting and creative coaching seriously at this stage of my life has been a scary prospect – though, to be honest, not having a go is even scarier! Your cliffhanger question says it all! 🙂

    Thanks again…another great Q & A Tuesday!


  22. Hi Marie!

    At age 25, I wondered about being to old to go back to school, then I heard the same thing you did-in five years, you’ll be five years older anyhow. So I went back.

    Now I’m 51 and so grateful for all the steps I’ve taken to get me where I am today. Fully participating in life keeps us young!
    Thanks for the vid!

  23. Mic

    I love this because I’m a late starter myself! Joined a rigorous drawing/painting program at age 38 and 2.5 years later I’ve entered 4 juried shows and won 4 awards at each. Woohoo. Go big or go home, yo. Sky’s the limit, but you get out there and do it. Love from Princeton, NJ!!

    • Dana B.

      I studied opera singing and acting untill 30, finally realising that I would never have the career I wanted because I do not have a singer`s soul, but need to do my own projects. I started writing in my late 20’s, and luckily my 1st ever short story was published in a big competition’s anthology (one of the best 25 of over 3000), and the next time I tried a competition, I even won the second price and got invited in a young playwright’s project, getting money and support. I decided I really wanted to learn more about writing, and at the age of 34, I applied for a really prestigeous creative writing at a well known european art university. I was one of 15 out of allmost 400 who got picked.
      Not only for my talent, but also for my maturity and experience.
      And now I study with awsome writers, learn to bind books and print on fabric, teaching myself to draw – and I have never been happier.
      Yes, it is a hastle to live frugally when people in my age have well-paid jobs. But I am happier that most people I know.

      Yes, sometimes I feel old as most of my classmates are between 19 and 20. But then I see the advantages that I have. Having worked as a freelance journalist, I never struggle with schedules, writing excercised and discipline. I am much more down-to-earth when it comes to the business of art. And knowing much about myself is an invaluable asset when writing.

      One year to go till my bachelor`s. I´ll be almost 37 then. Yes, I ask myself occasionally if that is not too late to start a family. But knowing know what I can achieve, I do not worry too much about it…

      • Diane

        Dana – Congrats on almost finishing your bachelor’s degree, and it definitely won’t be too late to start a family when you are done with school. Two of my best friends just had their first children at the age of 41.

  24. Hey late bloomers
    I’m on my second career,my first being a professional boxer(former World Champ) applause….thank you…..but you cant fight forever…..
    I’m now a international speaker & performance coach which i didn’t get started until i was mid thirty’s
    I did go through a period of time that i thought i would never be that good at anything ever again…….i transformed myself and my thinking and re created myself and my future
    I’m Livin the dream…..and i’m only 42, i’m not even half way there yet
    Lots of love from the London………..

    • Farah Belliard

      Excellent insight, Billy! It’s tough when you feel like there’s only one thing you could ever be good at. Such limiting beliefs.

  25. Jenny

    Hi Marie — I think the “late bloomer” theme is pretty much the story of my life. I graduated college late (late-20s), I married, had kids, & divorced late (mid-30s), I started my “real career” as a writer late (late 30s). And now I’m developing a serious interest in bellydancing late (early 40s). Of course, “late” is relative. I think if there’s anything my life is teaching me is that there is no schedule. And there’s no such thing as “too young” or “too old.” There’s only “the right time” and it’s different for everybody. As Barbara Sher writes, “It’s only too late if you don’t start now.”

    • Brittany

      Reading this comment makes me feel better, as I’m a “late bloomer” myself (in my late 20s). Thank you.

    • Karla

      Hi Jenny,

      I’m a business owner and absolutely hate my business I run. Bought it after a divorce thinking I needed more money to raise my son. However, I’m not teaching my son anything good by going to something I hate everyday. I’ve always wanted to be a dancer, but never had any training. That is my only true passion in life and it’s sad to say, I’m 41 and have never tried. I still have to run the business – because bills don’t pay themselves. But, I’m going to start dance school part-time and would love to someday have a career in dance. Life’s too short to be unhappy with what you do!

      • Christian

        I really hate to burst the bubble here, but IMO people like you at your age (and most people in general) really need to stop kidding themselves !!
        Train to be a dancer at age 41 and THEN go on to have a career in dance ?! Keep dreaming because it will most assuredly never happen.
        Professional dancers will have retired from dance by the time you’re just getting started with your training, and are moving on to either work as choreographers, dance instructors and the like, or will be moving into other fields altogether, if they haven’t already.
        Can you still take dance lessons and try to learn to dance reasonably well at your age ? Sure. Once you’ve become good, can you still try and develop some kind of dance act with which you might get some modest gigs here and there on a freelance basis ? Maybe, if you work at it intelligently and very hard. Will you be able to find full-time employment with a professional dance ensemble that will pay the bills ? Never ever.

        Ok, I’m not a dancer. I once trained to become an opera singer. I was a late starter too, by real-world standards, in my mid-twenties, but had a naturally strong and rather beautiful tenor voice (tenors are pretty much the most sought after singers),
        received a lot of encouragement from many of the right people. Still, a vocal crisis, and then lack of neccessary funding, derailed me and led to serious mental health problems. This was all when I was around age 30. I realized, much like the singer further above, that I wasn’t cut out for the singing profession. I withdrew from the scene quietly and nobody missed me, because at any moment in time, there is always a gross oversupply of extremely well-trained, extremely talented singers who are just at the right age to start a career (early to mid-twenties) vying for the same handful of positions at the theater that open here and there.
        And most of these people will never have the career they trained so hard for for much of their lives, although they did it all at the right time.
        Again, I’m not a dancer. But the world of professional dance is, to my knowledge, even more restrictive than the singing world. People start training as children (talented (!) teenagers will be considered late bloomers) and they start their careers in their late teens (or before), and even then many won’t have very long careers, for all kinds of reasons. All while it is not too late in life in general, so they still have time to establish themselves in other careers.

        Will you be able to go on to become a dance instructor, even if you’re talented, at this stage ? Probably not a very successful one. Maybe for dabbling hobbyists. Because serious young dancers who endeavor to embark on the pursuit of a professional career won’t trust someone with your dance biography.

        Again, sorry to burst the bubble here, but that’s just the way of the world.
        This whole message of “It’s never too late…” really has to be treated with caution and one must not be naive about certain realities.
        It is not too late for everything, but for most of us reading this article, it is most certainly too late to become professional dancers, singers, instrumentalists, surgeons, scientists, top level managers, professional athletes, pop stars, movie directors, leading actors, etc etc. Basically (almost) anything where you can only work your way up within a given industry.

        • pigbtininmad

          Zelda Fitzgerald tried to become a professional dancer in her 30’s. She became rather proficient, but was considered somewhat of a laughingstock in her instance on putting on recitals.

  26. Aaaaah,

    Bless that girl. Please can I come and smack her? 24 is SO young. You can do anything you want if you are setting your mind and heart to it at that age. Good Luck Lulu.

  27. Hi Marie, I came only in 2009 at age 67, not knowing anything about building an online business. I happily started making videos and then, after seeing all the years younger women making videos for their blogs and very few women in my age bracket, I had a ‘video meltdown’, thinking … yes, you guessed it … “I’m too old to make videos”! I got over it and now I’m happily at it again as I fast approach 70 in December!

    • Ana

      Kisane, are you on YouTube? I’ve been following some “vloggers” for the past few months and all the successful ones are kids barely into the 20 and many younger. The really big ones are making money from it and some even do it full time. Where are the older Youtubers? I’d love to know …

      • Hi Ana

        That’s a good question!

        I found vlogs by moms: – but they are all young moms! Maybe they will continue on once their kids get to be teenagers!

        Geena Davis has a YouTube channel: – focus on gender issues. is a terrific online community for women 45+ I’ve been too busy to engage there over the past twelve months or so, but you may find women there who are on YouTube.

        As a result of one of my daughters having a terrible accident I’ve started a website charting our journey together since her fall – which is from my perspective and I recently put up a YouTube channel with videos I’ve taken

        I’m really surprised by the number of views we are getting, so this is a situation where the subject of the videos is young but the person creating and uploading the videos is older – much! So maybe there is a lesson here that provided we are delivering subject matter that is valuable to an audience, age really doesn’t matter.

        I do have a YouTube channel but I have not had time to do anything new in terms of videos since my daughter’s accident.

        I suggest you start by checking out It’s free to join and maybe you could ask if anyone there has a blog or YouTube channel.

        Good luck!


  28. Hey Marie! Great Q an A! I left the States to reinvent following a career on wall Street to return to my first love music. Our missions change-or what we believe to be our assignment may NOT be rewarding spiritually or hot. I picked up my marbles and headed to Europe. I would so do it again! So 24, follow your bliss!


  29. you radiate happiness. I started my first website at the age of seventy. it was like learning a whole new language. but I’m glad I did it.

  30. Sarah

    Hi Marie

    Thank you as alwaysxxx

    In Japanese there is an expression 大器晩成 or taikibansei, which means ‘late bloomer’ or literally ‘a vessel so large (like a bell or an enormous jar) that it cannot be filled/or be completed/be fulfilled’ Or an adult late to flourish.

    I know this because someone referred to me like this. How wonderful that there is an acknowledged expression for it!

  31. Great vid, Marie! <3

  32. I’m 44 and began my career as a Lifestyle Family Photographer almost 4 years ago. The lifestyle photography market is now saturated with mainly 20 and 30-somethings with (a bit more energy) than me, and maybe less financial obligations, etc. But, I’m so happy this never deterred me from pursuing my dream. I’ve always been a late-bloomer, and occasionally experience small pangs of regret for not starting earlier, but all that matters is that I’m doing what I love, in the HERE and NOW. And I’m grateful for all the support and encouragement I got along the way. So, if you need some encouragement, I say get out there and do what you truly want to do! Follow your desire, and worry about the rest later!

  33. susan

    My parents never wanted me to grow up and become a dancer, so I never went to dance classes. At the age of 27 I decided to learn Swing, then 4 years later Salsa, then 1 year later Argentine Tango and at the age of 35 I learned to hoop dance (yes, hula hooping). It’s added so much to my life and my enjoyment. I wonder what next? Maybe kung fu—seriously.

    On a career note, I’m in transition and taking the steps to create my own brand coaching/design business. I’m almost 40. It’s absolutely scary. But I’ve gathered support, have a coach and looking for a few clients. We shall see where I am in several months. I can always be an employee again. I don’t want to look back and regret not have done it. Failure is totally okay.

    • Karla

      Great outlook.

      I’m in the same boat. Failure has always been my crutch to even try in the first place. Not something good to teach our kids. That’s what I was taught growing up. Now it’s time to start what I want to do and teach my son to do what he wants. Enough of being scared.

  34. Hi Marie,

    I sure can relate to this as I have re-invented myself after each of my DH’s company moves: move=job/career change for me.

    Now in my 6th decade, :), I am starting an online business around my passion – machine embroidery. The continual learning invigorates me! (computer website coding aside) wish I could be with you at your conference!

  35. Hi Marie,
    I enjoyed this video and as usual my life is a combo of normal and abnormal. You see I just turned 30 and self published a book. I feel too old to be starting a writing career especially when I am not well known or have big connections as others may have. And then there is the other question I get asked (actually told) which is “Aren’t you too young to write a memoir?” so far I take action in my life so I do not regret it. I am proud of my work. Thank you so much for this video!

    • Farah Belliard

      Hey, Sandy! My DH is an unfulfilled writer, and I’m always telling him to hurry about and start writing.

      I have a box full of his stories from his teens years and I KNOW he’s an excellent story teller – so vivid! I think I’m going to make him read your comment! Thanks for sharing! ♥

  36. I can relate as well. I went back to school and “re-invented” myself to become a Personal Trainer at the age of 40. I didn’t have the “age” thing then; it’s now at the age of 55 just became a Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach!! But love it and would regret not doing so Marie, thanks for the “A’ to that “Q”

  37. Vidette Vanderweide

    I am SO a late bloomer! Started my biz at 36. Sure I had my doubts, but ultimately, I would have slapped myself silly if I looked back in 10 years and had still been working in Corporate America!

  38. What a great topic! I was 45 when I decided to go to acupuncture school!What kept me from going earlier, even though I KNEW I wanted to do acupuncture since my early 30’s? I thought I was too old!!! So I spent 10+ years thinking I was too old, only to embark on it after all anyways! Now I am looking really closely at the things that I would love to do and tell myself are not available to me “anymore”…mmhhh…

  39. Wow! Fantastic Q&A. I have had more careers than you can shake a stick at and just reinvented myself yet again this year. Age is definitely just a number. It does not reveal your courage, wisdom or attitude about living.

    Your cliffhanger question is DAMN straight and one I have asked myself repeatedly! Right on. As per usual, you hit the old nail on its young head.

    Thank you, Marie. Rockin’ it as always.

    • Farah Belliard

      Hey, Share! Loved your entry for RHHLive and so happy you won! ♥ Make sure that when you shake your boo-tay, you think of ME! 🙂

  40. Hey Marie! LOVE this topic. I guess you could consider me a “late bloomer” in my pursuit of an acting career. I tried back in my early 20s and I was just so angst-y and stuck in my head that I never had much luck. Luckily I’m multi-passionate, so I hardcore pursued my PR career and now maintain a very successful publicity consulting biz.

    Because I have lots more free time and financial security now, I just got back into acting at 31. In less than one year booked the lead in 4 independent films, starred in 2 regional commercials, and landed a 6-figure TV spokesperson gig. Plus I learned that there are TONS of acting jobs for those in their 40s and 50s so it looks like it can only get better from here.

    Thanks again for bringing up this topic and providing a forum to share our stories. You ROCK. Can’t wait to chill with you and the rest of the gang at RHH Live. xoxoxo

    • Farah Belliard

      Well, look who’s a kick-ass actor? That is so awesome… ok, so I’m even MORE motivated to do something with all this frustrated singing energy! GRRR!

    • Cynthia

      That is inspirational!

    • Sue

      I am 46, reitred from the USCG and trying to pursue my lifelong love of acting but am having problems figuring out how to go about it. I live in Va which isn’t exactly booming with opportunites.

  41. Ha! Boy did YOU hit the nail on the head! (how do you DO that?)
    YEP! I started learning Piano at……..
    (but I am not going to tell you how old I am because
    it would totally blow my cover……)
    (and it was WAY past whatever age you just named!)
    And YEAH, I have been feeling this very same thing coming up in my
    face but refuse to give in to it! Kick it out of my way and move over!
    Thanks a BUNCH, Marie!
    I just love your Tuesday videos!!!!

    Now, off to share with some age appropriate goonies going through
    just this thing….
    I say goonies in fun…..they are my friends…
    Hugs to you!

  42. Yep. Age is relative. Age is totally relative. It’s all relative!!
    Thanks for the reminder and to everybody for sharing your comments. XOX

  43. Hi Marie!

    I’m 51 years old and have been working as an excutive assistant (a.k.a high level babysitter) for more than 25 years. I’m also an artist and a writer and always thought I could never make a living doing what I love. Well, I was WRONG! My art career is just starting to take off!! I launched my website in May of this year, am showing in 2 group shows this winter with OpenArtCode in Monte Carlo and Paris and have started selling original paintings, prints and art note cards. Needless to say I am finally moving towards the life of my dreams and will soon be a full time artist and dropping this 9-5 job! I couldn’t make it to your conference this year, but I WILL be there in 2012!! Thanks so much for the inspiring emails and videos ~ Mary Lonergan

    • Maya Hanley

      Well done you! I am delighted to hear things like this. You are inspiring me too. What’s your website?

  44. Oh my goodness I was certainly one of those women that wanted to slap someone for thinking they were old at 24! But hey ho, age is a number and often we can and do feel we’ve missed the boat. I for sure have been no different. Being a very late bloomer, or still perhaps I’m still a seedling waiting to bloom! At 39, I’m only just getting my shit together and launching my business – a retreat center. Which is very exciting.

    One of my biggest inspirations is a friend of mine Anna Fur Laxis – an amazing burlesque star who only stared at 35, she’s just had her 40th birthday and looks amazing. Watch her video for which she won first runner up at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas a couple of months ago, and feel inspired to go for it no matter your age.

  45. Yo Marie! So happy to see this video!! We got to get over this “age” killer! I’m 57 and started singing AGAIN after 20 years of not singing. I have a very young spirit and a passion to LIVE! After a devastating loss and dark night of the soul, I decided I could not imagine living the rest of my life “silent.” So, I’m singing, writing songs, recording, teaching vocal workshops! I think of myself as a Vocal Alchemist! Ooh, I love the images that conjures up! Just created a new FB Page – so come on by and “Like” me!!

    • Farah Belliard

      OMG… I just want to THANK YOU so much. I’m crying right now because I’ve been struggling with singing or not singing for about a year now. All I keep thinking is “I’m not going to make it,” and “singing is not going to pay the bills.”

      Bless you… I’m visiting your site RIGHT NOW! ♥

      If you’re interested, I actually responded to this post with a video –>

      Keep rocking it! ♥, Farah

      • Oh Farah! I just saw your post to me. I can’t tell you how much it means!! You are a beautiful woman and you deserve to sing your heart out!! Teach some workshops to augment your singing! I’m not making a living singing right now either, but I believe that all things are possible through God – whatever that means to you. And I’m working towards singing my soul and leaving the details up to the Divine Force! That fear is a killer. It will pinch the life force out of you. Put one step in front of the other, and the next step will appear. I think we have to do this, Farah! Contact me anytime!

  46. One of my favorite examples is not a famous person, but someone I met when I was a young girl doing martial arts. This woman started doing Taekwondo in her 50’s after helping out the school and seeing how fun it looked. She had to work a little harder, and she didn’t always kick as high as other people… but she was persistent and she earned her black belt over time!

    I just love these types of stories! 🙂

  47. Yo Marie! Another most excellent video. Some of us learn to bloom earlier, some later. Once you have that awareness, you can KEEP blooming.


  48. Hey late bloomin’ budding Icon SiStars,

    I LOVE this Maire!

    I was a Plain Jane in my 20’s but in my mid 40’s am flowering as I, like an Olympian, practice Exquisite Self Care of my flower face and body temple.

    I work with goddesses and budding Icons, people who are playing full out, how not to sabotage their empires and LEGACY with poor health and low energy, but instead cultivate more RADIANCE, VITALITY and MAGNETISM to do their great work in the world for decades to come.


    Aging well is the ULTIMATE beautification and empowerment process.

  49. It’s never to late to do what you love because if you don’t do it.. who will?? Luv it Marie !

  50. We all need a smack ourselves sometimes, but one’s age should NEVER be one of those times.

    You can gain experience when you’re young or overlook it when you’re old. It’s never too late to do what you want to do. It might even be easier to accomplish because you’re older.

    Make it a great day!

  51. Tanya

    Thanks Marie for this timely reminder that we are NEVER too old to do what we want to do! This is just the ammo I need next time I hear anyone tell me how vincible I am now that I’m in my 40’s…! Imagine?

  52. Boy, I needed this right now! I’m struggling with a fear issue of sharing and growing my glass lampwork art business at age 59 by teaching. What I’m finding is I have to grow spiritually, dealing with some hard core issues that I couldn’t face in previous years, to grow financially. To believe I have self worth, deal with childhood issues, grow into a more loving person is the only way I will be able to lovingly teach and share my artistic knowledge of glass lampworking with others. You would think that by 59 I would have gotten myself together!

    Looking around and seeing people thinking about retiring at my age is also daunting to me. On the other hand, I have always been on a spiritual path, working to uplift myself and others through my art and spiritual learning. It has become more important to me to help others in the artistic world to understand that their beliefs determine their success in their business. So little value is put in that direction. What I am finding is that the more I become spiritually aligned in love for myself and others, the more my art business grows.

    Maybe we need the accumulation of age to help us through these different spiritual growth phases of our lives?

    • ann

      i think that when you are making a change you always feel like you are too old …
      this is so silly but i remember when i was 11 … and thinking i had missed my opportunity to be an outstanding gymnast. i was 11 and I felt that way.

      anyway i have been fortunate to have a pursued my creative passion as a jewelry designer for the past 10 years. For a variety of reasons I am now considering going back to a structured job. and guess what – everyone is telling me i’m too old for that!

    • Helen Rowland

      Hi Patsy,
      Like you, I thought that by the grand old age of 50 or 60 or whatever, I would have acquired eternal wisdom. Now, at the age of 66, I realize that wisdom is not having all the answers, but maybe it’s that you get better at asking the right questions, and more aware of when things have to change, to be turned around. So, instead of this “tranquil existence” you expected, it’s just the opposite, because you want to do a better job now than before.
      What I do think is that when we are older, we should let the past rest in the past, and not feel we have to keep reliving it. “Travel light” is a good attitude. Leave your old baggage in the Left luggage department, and take care not to go and collect it again.
      I wish you all the best with your ventures. The best is still to come.

  53. nnnnnnnnn

  54. love this! starting my art career in my mid-50s…I think your Q gal is awesome in that she is examining these issues in her 20s!!! Awesome maturity and she – hopefully – will be one of the ones who make a million by age 30….

  55. Shirley Savage

    Marie — Thank you so much for today’s Q&A. I needed a kick in the derriere to get me out of the ‘Poor Me’s.’ I can always count on you to give me an inspiring message. I feel re-energized and ready to take on the world! Thank you!!!

  56. dora

    Please have Lulu arrested i-mmediately! Charge: political incorrectness!

    I’m more than double her age and starting my life all over again… for one more time!

    Of course there are moments in front of my internal mirror that I go “agh!” but in life’s battle, the simple truth is, who is left standing wins.

    All the best, d

  57. Hey Marie,

    The Artist’s Way is such an amazing tool. I have done the entire course twice with amazing results. Thanks for sharing this.

  58. Linda

    Four years ago I let my supervisor’s comments that it would not pay off financially for me to get my master’s degree (at age 42) disuade me from going back to school. Now, my job REQUIRES a master’s degree and I am faced with do it or get out…never listen to what “they” say…JUST DO IT!

  59. Cyndi

    Timely Q&A today! EXACTLY what I needed so a HUGE THANK YOU Marie! I’ve been doing the whole “I’m too old for this and that” for the past year… OMG WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!!! EEEK! Time to stop doing that me thinks!
    I sure hope someone DID slap Lulu! And, likewise, I can feel my 10 years older self slapping me too! And she’s also Thanking you Marie!

  60. Farah Belliard

    Hey, Marie.

    You must have been feeling the vibes I’ve been throwing off because I really needed to hear this.

    My response is just too long so I’m including it here…

    It’s really scary to be exposing myself like this, but I have to put it out there!

    ♥, Farah

    • Farah,

      PLEASE make another video with you singing 🙂 I want to hear!


  61. Luetta

    I am fifty-two and in my third of five years to obtain my Music Performance degree. You are never too old to do anything. If it is in your heart, the universe will follow your lead!

    • Amen Sister Luetta!

    • AWE~SOME!!! I love it when I see other women like this!!!! Go, sistah, go!

    • Vanju

      I believe in the same!! But reality blocks mindset! Best wishes to you all and me as well!!

  62. This is one of my favorite topics Marie! Love it, especially since the person that wrote is so young. It’s easy to think life has passed you by, but opportunity isn’t limited by age. Even if you always wanted to be in the Olympics, there’s the Senior Olympics. How about that? You have to be in the mindset of asking: How can I? rather than focusing on your limitations.

    I started graduate school when I was 42 and moved across country to start a new life in my 50’s. I have chosen to be “young for my age” regardless of my chronological years; you can too! I wrote a post today called Age Reinvented. You can read it via the link below.

    • Helen Rowland

      Hi Maryellen,
      My sister is now 71 and has been a full time barrister in the UK for the past 20 years. She left school at 16, was a police cadet, an air hostess, a cookery teacher, a store owner, a caterer, and then in her late 40s, went on an Administrative Assistant course. One of her subjects was Law. The teacher said, “Have you ever thought about taking a degree in Law?” Well, she got the degree, took a Master’s and then applied to the bar, and since the age of 51 has been working in Family Law. Many people thought she was crazy. They were wrong. She is highly respected for all the life experience tshe brings to the job, together with sound academic training. There must be a lesson for us all here, don’t you think?

  63. Well, if I was too old at age 37 to quit my 10+ year career in media and entertainment marketing to become a nutrition coach, Pilates instructor, and entrepreneur, then nobody told me! Age has nothing to do with it, Lulu! Lean into that fear and resistance and just jump. The net somehow always appears (with a little assistance from you, of course).

    And thanks, Marie. As always, you hit the nail on the head.

  64. Excellent topic…I love it, I lick it, I needed it. The reminder, that is. I was 28 when I decided to go to college and put myself there against many odds, came out with a degree in music. Bestest time of my life!!!! I am notorious for ignoring people who tell me something cannot be done or is not appropriate. When I was 39 I decided to have a baby and had my first child at 40. I was having way too much fun before then to even think of having one, and it just never dawned on me that I was aging until a gynecologist told me one day that I should do it before my eggs were all hard boiled. News to me! At 41 I decided to become a sex educator and own a business selling toys, so I did. It was a good job choice for me because my child was young and I could work evenings when my husband was home to watch bambino. I became one of the top 5 in sales in that company and am highly educated in sexuality, which gives me quite an edge in my current business as a spiritual life coach and women’s empowerment guide, relationship coach, and healer. I recently decided to go back to school to attain my doctorate in divinity and be a licensed Untiy minister. I am 51 years old, own my own business, and homeschool my 11 year old. I consider myself AGELESS. Yeah, baby!!!

    • Oh, I almost forgot to add that I also decided to become a certified yoga instructor when I was around 44, and did that as well, and taught yoga in studios for a while. Many more things I’ve done and will continue to follow my desires wherever they lead. I agree, the net will be there when you decide to leap into your dreams. It’s just how the universe works.

  65. You’re NEVER too old! I am a late bloomer. Not smacking myself, either. The life experience needed for me to realize I’ve been walking through life, rather than living it. Last year, at 48 I took up drums, volunteered for Girls Rock NC summer camp and decided to rework my business to incorporate my riot grrrl persona I stuffed in a box 20 years ago with my knowledge of design, branding and promotion. Not sure how it’s going to gel but I decided to call it Flirty Grrl. Even though I’m pushing the big Five-Oh! I hope that I inspire others to do the stuff they’ve always dreamed of doing along the way.

    Thanks Marie!

  66. Jill

    Thanks for this one. I just started yoga teacher training this past weekend at the age of 49 and also with an unbendy stick body and more of a round body. I came home after the first weekend and thought “I can’t do this! Why am I doing this? I’m not a teacher.” Then my brighter self realized it was time for a challenge, time to step up to the potential I know is inside me, bring that light out from under the bushel. I think latebloomers pause an consider their actions or search for options before making the big move. To not make the move would be a loss of potential and opportunity for growth. Besides in our economy, none of us are ever retiring or certainly not retiring at 65 or younger. An expressive fulfilling work life whether it’s 5 days a week or one hour a week goes on until we die. Being fulfilled is what we strive for and who we want to be.

    • Young Older Girl

      You have some good points! Sometimes it can be a good quality to consider our actions or search for options. Sometimes it can work against us, sometimes for us. Don’t we all wish we could look into the future? There are no guarantees, just go for it and enjoy! As for practicing and teaching yoga, what you are going through now is a great opportunity to relate to beginners once you are a teacher. You should make a journal about these feelings and struggles you are having now. It will only help you be a better yoga teacher and you will get more flexible. Your body will change.


    I feel like late bloomer in my given profession. I wanted to be a trainer in high school so I taught water and step aerobic classes . But teaching exercise still didn’t seem like a “REAL” profession, so I didn’t major in exercise sport science in college. I minored in nutrition and sport science while taking hotel management and business courses.

    When I graduated and moved to NYC I got a job in television production but the most intriguing part of my day was still deciding which classes to take at the gym , what kind of exercise program to write up, and what to cook for dinner at night. But I thought it was too late to switch jobs after all that schooling, internships, and on the job experience in production. It wasn’t until I was 29 years old that it clicked that time was going to go on regardless and I could/should make a living at what I was spending all my free time, money, and energy on.

    It was hard to take that leap and Im still learning how to be a good business woman in addition to a health practitioner. But all those years working in media / corporate world taught me how to work hard and it helps me relate to my clients who have hectic corporate schedules.

    Now it doesn’t even feel like Im working anymore. The other day I was training a client in the park and I said…”I understand why Im not at work right now but why aren’t all these people?” She said..”you ARE at work.”. OH YEAH!!! I forgot because I love what I do now and it doesn’t feel like “work” at all. Glad I got over feeling too old to do what I wanted.

    • Young Older Girl


  68. This “age excuse” is so interesting! It cuts both ways, for a long time I kept hearing (from my head and from naysayers outside of my head) that I was TOO YOUNG to “really” work as a healer. That I needed more life experience.

    The way things unfolded, I haven’t “really” worked as a healer, consistently, not as paid work anyways, and I have struggled with that. I am in a not-stuggling-with-it-time as I write.

    But it has nothing to do with age.

    It is about timing. It is about trusting there is a tipping point when it comes to readiness. There are so many factors!!!

    And much is up to me, and it is also up to the Universe.

    My head tells me lots of silly things about when I will be ready; excuses, explanations, arguments.

    None of them are very relevant, though they teach me about my ego.

    When I re-align with my centre/highest self/intuition, I KNOW that me fulfilling my purpose is inevitable. There is always learning. Time is always passing…unless I am deeply in touch, then it is all timeless. And that’s when I become ageless, too.

    • Young Older Girl

      Totally agree! You should go for it. It sounds like you know more than a lot of older people do and you can help a lot of people. You will learn more by helping them and become even better at what you do over time. Don’t be fooled in thinking you need to age to have enough to offer people. Don’t you just love it (not) when people just assume you have nothing to offer just because you look like a young female? I STILL get treated like a young girl because I look very young for my age (I’m 35), but when I open my mouth, it becomes clear that my exterior is not representative of my exterior. Speak up and let your voice be heard!

  69. I love it when people change their lives, no matter what age! I totally “collect” these kinds of stories.

    In my class in medical school, we had people who had come to medicine from all kinds of backgrounds…twentysomethings and thirtysomethings who had lived entire previous careers as engineers, professional saxophone players (true!), lawyers, accountants…but my fave was my friend who entered (entered! as in starting the whole journey) med school as a 37-yr old woman and mother of 3 grown kids, who was finally getting around to doing what she really wanted to do!

    Nevaah too late.

  70. Polly

    I’m so glad someone asked this question!
    I’m 35 years old and just started learning French 1 month ago, and now I’m able to speak, read, and write a little French! (At least I won’t be embarrassed when ordering food in French restaurants~)
    I’ve been wanting this since I was 25 and always gave myself some excuses like, I’m too old to learn a new language, tuition is too expensive, Spanish is more useful in California, I have a full time job and don’t have time to study, etc.
    But guess what, a month ago, I decided to take actions because I knew I would smack myself for not learning French when I turn 45…

    Thank you so much, Marie~


  71. Best thing about being a late bloomer in today’s world is being healthy and energetic enough to apply what you have learned over the years. Blooming late rocks!

  72. I absolutely think you don’t mix having different experiences in life with your age. One has nothing to do with the other. I started working as a travel agent in my dad’s agency at a young age of 19 and there I was a travel agent for the next 19 years. At the age of 38 I decided that I want to experience other industries and change my carrier. So here I am a year later ” yes I’m 39″ having my own business. I make reusable cotton snack, sandwich and cutlery bags and sell them online and in local markets and now to retailer. I do everything myself from sewing to designing to marketing and because of that I had to learn a lot in a short time while having two children under the age of 7. I think willing to do new things and learn new things is what keeps my young no matter what my birth certificate says! To me that is just a number on a piece of paper!

  73. When I was 28 I dropped out of my last semester of college (I was flunking out anyway) to bum around the country in the back of my pick up, something I’d wanted to do since high school. I did this for 9 months before settling in a tiny mountain community and living there for several years. (I am a hippie chick at heart) In 1994 I graduated from college, 20 years to the day after I’d graduated high school with a BA in Environmental Science. At age 48 I left a cushy state job to get my masters degree which I completed in 2007 with a 4.0 \o/ huzzah! This year, at 54, I left a less than cushy teaching job to start a tutoring business (I have a 28 year old student who is working on her GED), have time to focus on my TheNatureSchool blog, figure out how to turn that into a business, and have time to actually work connecting kids to nature.

    There is only one point in your life when you are too old to start something and that is when you are either dead or completely incapacitated. I say “completely” because look at all that Stephen Hawking accomplished with all his physical limitations.

    I love that quote from The Artist’s Way. Another that I use is this”

    If I change nothing everything will (most likely) be the same in 5 years. Is that good news?
    If the answer is yes, keep going as you are. If the answer is no then figure out what to change and take action.

    • YOU rock Beth!!! Love your story.

      • Thanks, Dana! Love yours too. We’re ready when we’re ready.

    • Young Older Girl

      Super inspiring!!!

      • Thanks, Young Older Girl! There are a ton of inspiring stories here that I have gained by reading.

  74. The way I see it, I am starting my new company at exactly the right time for me, and I am 44. I would not have had the confidence, experience or “balls” to do it any sooner. And besides, this great idea only came to me 2 years ago. Life IS a journey, don’t limit your self by when you think you have arrived. 🙂 GO FOR IT!!!

    • Terra Goeres

      Love it and couldn’t agree more!

  75. I turned 40 this summer (gulp — I think that’s the first time I’ve actually said that number “out loud”; it scares me!) and that milestone is actually a big reason why I left my job to run my handmade jewelry business full-time. It was a very “if not now, when?” mindset for me.

    It is tough sometimes because most of my fellow crafters are 10 to 15 years younger than me. I wish that I’d had enough confidence at that age to strike out on my own instead of working hard at stressful jobs I hated and climbing the ladder because it’s what I thought I was “supposed” to do. I do remind myself that my age is not tattooed on my forehead for everyone to see, and that it’s only an issue if *I* make it an issue.

    The one thing that really does worry me, though, about taking this leap is that it is a LOT easier to recover from financial problems when one is younger, in my experience. I do worry often about what will happen to me if my business fails and I blow through all of my savings, at an age when it’s more likely I could become too sick to work. That’s not something I really thought about much in my 20s, even though of course people that age get sick and become disabled all the time.

  76. The CEO of The Juppy started the company at the age of 55!! So your are definately never too old to start a company and do what you love. You just need a little courage and cofidence to know that you can do it.

  77. It’s all in your head…Change your mind, Change your World. <3 this!!! 😉

  78. Age is really a mental state rather than a physical one. There are “old” people at 25 and “youngins” at 65.

    I’ve been very lucky to come from a family that never used age as an excuse…My aunt passed the bar exam and became a lawyer at 50+; my father is going for a degree in applied mathematics at 70+.

  79. I went back to school at age 40 to get my certificate in nutritional counseling. I’m about to turn 41 and I have a new career as a health coach. Your NEVER too old!!

  80. Julie Gohring

    This is a great post and the Julia Cameron quote is AWESOME!

    The first time I ever heard this quote was in college. There was this women who was 45 and already had a bachelor’s degree in the arts but had always dreamed of being a medical doctor. She had enrolled in college again to take prerequisite science courses to prepare her self for the MCAT so she could apply to medical school. I heard many other younger students question her, “Why are you going to do this, by the time you finish med schoool and residency, you’ll be 55?”. She always replied simply, “Well, I’m gonna be 55 anyway, I might as well have MD behind my name as well”. Everytime I heard her say this I would smile and be reminded of her AWESOME-NESS!!!

    My little story is this. I heart surfing and have always wanted to be able to practice it more than on an occassional vacation to a location with waves. I’ve never been very good, but just loved being in the water, and the challenge of trying to get better. Instead of daydreaming about, some other person, some other life, some other something where I would have an opportunity to live on a beach and surf everyday, I deided to take the reins of my own life and sieze the opportunity. I am happy to say, I now live in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, I’ve been here for almost a year, and my dream of surfing everyday came true. Yours can too :)!!

    GO FOR IT!!!

  81. Penny

    Thanks Marie for another insightful video…I turned 40 this year and while I have earned every one of those years, I feel like Im at a crossroads in Life. I have been toying with the idea of starting my own business and seem to find that that same idea pops up by either my or someone else’s suggestion every few years. I am a big believer in signs, but get exhausted thinking about all the details involved in starting a business and also what kind of business I want to start as I have MANY ideas. Thanks for giving me a nudge into the way of thinking I need to adopt NOW! Age is but a number right??

    • Your business idea doesn’t have to be original Penny. It just needs to be distinctive and deliver unique benefits. Evaluate your resources and seize the opportunity!

  82. shannon

    Louise Hay wrote her first book at 51. She is my inspiration!!!


    • Yes, and Louise Hay was around 60 years old when she started Hay House Publishing. It is now a world-wide empire that has changed millions of lives. You are never too old….

  83. Terra Goeres

    Hey Marie!

    Great stuff in today’s video! I can totally relate- I’m 35 and came to the realization a few months ago that I was not living up to my potential. I also realized that, in many ways, I had allowed fear to hold me back from pursuing my dreams for the past 10-15 years of my life. I made the decision to find a career that I was truly passionate about, though I had no idea what that was or how I would get there. To help me work through the process, I hired a wonderful career coach and have been working with her since July. She helped me recognize my values, explore different career options, and manage my gremlin (that little voice who tells me, among other things, “you’re too old”).

    I am very happy to report that I have now discovered a career that makes my heart sing and is a perfect match for my values and my innate skills and talents. While part of me wishes that I would have found this path earlier in my life, I have come to realize that all of my experiences up to this point in my life will make me even more successful in my new career. And plus, to quote Dana above- I now have the “balls” and the confidence to go for it, which I didn’t have when I was younger.

    It is truly never too late to pursue that thing that puts a fire in your belly and lights up your heart!

  84. Tammy Nelson

    Marie – I am grateful for your spunk! I have always struggled with thinking I was too old to do what I dream of – which is Designing!! I am going to school at age 42 for Interior Design – I hope to finish in another year or so – and I have to fight back the self doubt that plagues me – as I overcome obstacles and hurdles in my way. So thatnk you for being you! YOU ROCK! 🙂

  85. Yo helllloooo? Starting film making at age 30? Who am I kidding? All these superstar directors making award winning films already by then and I’m fumbling around with my $200 trying to convince a team to help me out. Sigh. I soo missed doing artschool when it coulda been paid by the state so now I have to learn it all on my own money. Yeah it feels a bit squeamish to propose my projects around so many younger qualified peeps. Yeuch. Good thing it’s so much fun ;-p Julia Cameron rocks big time. x

    • Claudi

      yo hey..totally know the feeling! I am writing a sitcom at age 35…I totally freak when I think of all the younger talents and the industry itself..but..WHO CARES?? 🙂 ..I have to learn everything myself and spend all of my money and find people who work for free (i hope to pay them back when I earn money with the sitcom..which I will hopefully)..but I am doing it. I wish you strength and fun!

  86. Ohmygosh, Lulu, I could have submitted this question! I turn 24 in November and I am dying to open my own clothing boutique. My family feels that I am too young and too poor to do so, but I’ve been reading up on loans and grants, staying up late reading books on entrepreneurship, and collecting ideas for my store for the last few years. It’s all I think about!

    Marie, thanks for this video. If I don’t start working my way into action on this plan, I know I’ll regret it in 10 yeas.

    • In the meantime, ask yourself what tiny step will get you more experience, will get you that much closer to doing the best job possible when you do have the money to open said boutique. I’d start by working in boutiques and being the best sales person that boutique has ever known. How will you start?

      You’ll get there.

  87. Wonderful!

    Oh, I so needed this right now Marie! Thank you for putting this together. When I saw your email come in my box, I was like, “Holy moly!” as if God planted your question right there. I recently started night classes at my old University to learn 3D imaging in my field b/c I’m obsolete in my field of graphic design… I totally panicked in my last 2 classes thinking, “I’m too old, I’m too old” and would flounder, let that thought run my head than being present in class.

    But your statements here are true.. if I don’t do this now, when will I ever?? Plus, I love your examples of Sly Stallone and Grandma Moses. I’ve always been a late bloomer in life, but I think as a result, it has given me a much rewarding (altho challenging at times) life. I also thought one of my heros, Tom Hanks was somewhat a late bloomer b/c he didn’t get his superstardom till his later 30s, with his Oscar wins at 37 and 38. Nice huh? 🙂 Thanks again, this was great!

  88. karen k

    Too old at 24!!!! What a laugh, OMG and all that.
    You are never too old, especially not for something like Lulu wants to do.

    I just turned 60 and am getting ready to move halfway across the country to start a new life in a place of my choosing that has resonated with me for years.
    (Even though I know no one there)

    I am starting a brand new internet business even though tech is not my comfort zone (Thank you B-School!!!)

    I didn’t go to college for the first time until I was 28, I got my BFA when I was 44. I learned to swim at 38.

    I am creating my life as I want it to be, not being defined by nor confined to some arbitrary limit imposed by the limited thinking of others.

    I always hear people saying things like “I’d love to go back to school but it’s 4 years…” I then point out that if they really want to do it the 4 years is going to pass anyway, and they can either be in the same spot that the are today or they can have that degree.

    Marie is spot on as always. Will you regret not doing it later? Then what are you waiting for? The days of your life are clicking away!

    Thanks Marie you are awesome, inspirational and a great joy,
    Karen Kuntz

    • Helen Rowland

      Well done, Karen. So good to hear your story.

  89. Barbara

    Just go for it, whatever your age, and don’t listen to any naysayers. I started a career in radio in my 40s and now in my 50s am in television, as a host of show on visual arts. I never tell anyone how old I am, by the way. Let ’em wonder!

  90. Nah, not really one of my thangs. And that’s from someone who’s waaay older than a lot of people, lol 😉 I’ve got plenty of other issues, heh, but not an age thing. I’ve already been there, done that–already shown myself I can do whatev if I feel the passion, no matter the age. Age is a state of mind, totally. Plenty of young-uns out there who are ancient in their ideas/beliefs… Was also just thinkin’ how some older ones unwarrantedly have a bloated chest because they have a few more years under their belt. Experience is a goodie, but doesn’t trump talent plus a potent “spirit.” Was just watchin’ an 11-yr-old singing sensation on Ellen that few could hold a candle too. So age, experience, blah-blah-blah–it’s really all about that fire inside, what stokes your heart in a big way. If what you got isn’t doing that, don’t blame it on age.

  91. Love all your Q&A Tuesday videos, Marie, but this one really hits home. At 42 I just started school to become a personal trainer. I worry that my friends and family think I am a flake for moving in this direction at this time in my life, but it is my passion and I’m going for it! Thanks for all of your inspiring info! Keep ’em coming!

  92. Young Older Girl

    My own grandmother studied archaeology in her fifties and taught evening school afterwards. She could not attend university when she was young as it was war in Europe then. She studied in her fifties after she lost her husband (he started a new life with another woman) and one of her children (my dad). She is in her eighties now, still drives and still has all her teeth.
    Vera Wang, the designer, started out in her forties I believe. To the person who asked the original question about starting in the fashion industry: in some of the better fashion schools in Europe they actually prefer students who are in their mid-twenties. It’s a perfect age to start actually. I am 35 myself and also want to start a new career! I don’t care about what is normal in society or what other people are doing. Age is good…. it gives you experience, knowledge, etc. Just follow your own path in life.

    • Normal is over rated, don’t you think? 🙂

      • Young Older Girl

        Ha ha totally!

  93. OMG! This was exactly what I was needing to hear! It was a slap on my face. This video made me realize that I´m not old for anything. I´m 24 years old and feel exacly like Lulu. Actually, felt. Since you woke me up again!

    Thank youuuuuuu

  94. Young Older Girl

    I learned to drive at age 35! And I’m a really smart and talented person! I was not ashamed, but got laughed at so much! I just laughed along! Who cares! The ones that will like you will like you anyway! Driving is super easy and I am glad I can drive now! I don’t look back, who cares about the past. Don’t live by the book, it’s boring. I got to carpool with the hottest guy in the world because I did not have my license! He was awesome… (no further comment) Ha ha!

  95. First, I LOVE Julie Cameron’s books. Second, one of the great joys of working with older adults has been their view on age. When I was in my 30’s & 40’s they didn’t think I was totally crazy saying “I wonder what I will do when I grow up?” So, I took the jump into music therapy private practice! Now that I’m in my 50’s I still wonder what the next 20 years will hold while enjoying each day for the blessing it is.

  96. Hi! I am manager to R&B/Pop/HipHop recording artist Erica P. She is hot and sexy just like thee. She is ready to break out on the national stage/airwaves. Last night her young brain was filled with age fears and you set her back “right”. Thank you. When it’s your gift; it’s your gift –work it.

  97. Marie, thank you for the kick in the ass! I’m a 45 year old, mother of five, and I’ve been listening to the small, screw small, how about gigantic voice in my head telling me…”You are too old to reinvent yourself now! You have five college tuitions to save up for!” Thank you for the inspiration, guidance and butt whooping! I needed it today. As for Lulu, ahhhh, to be 24, again…she’s lucky to have you to hit her reboot button! Thanks.

  98. Never never too old! I earned my undergrad degree in my early 40’s. I found my professional life in management in academia in my late 30’s. I found my courage to start my creative business four years ago. I’ll meet my future husband in my late 40’s or early 50’s (still looking to meet him!). I’ll adopt my future children in the same age range.

    Late bloomer? Maybe. Or just too filled with fears and insecurities in my 20’s and too busy pursuing a career I ultimately didn’t end up in during my early to mid 30’s. I never regret what I’ve done, because it always leads to where I end up (that’s the 10 year perspective in action). If someone told me in my early 20’s where I’d be now, I would have fallen over.

    But more important, if I had an inkling of how strong and brave I’d end up being (I was so insecure, shy and terrified as a “youngster”), I might have chosen to start being the true me much earlier in life. 🙂

    Great discussion!

  99. Great post Marie! I have been *searching* for my “thing” for several years now. But nothing has truly spoken to me. I have been following you and a few other women for quite some time and i totally relate to this post. Because time is just ticking away here. I know in my heart that one day I will run a wildly successful, sexy, exciting and inspiring company. I have always been somewhat of a late bloomer. But that’s cool. I don’t know what my company will be, though I have discovered what it will not be. I have tried my hand at a few things which in the end made me feel zonked and restricted. Hmmph.

    I made a promise to myself that I will not settle for just anything. And that my next endeavor must light my soul on fire. No in betweens. It has been incredibly humbling to try things and fail…but I can handle it. So I might as well keep going. Quitting is the only true failure in my book.

    So to anyone who has already tried to start a business and failed or had a boring blog or an unfinished project, take it from me: keep going. You won’t be alone.


  100. Hi Marie,
    Thank you for a wonderful message and great reminder. Having passed the 50 mark, I find myself at times asking myself if I’m getting too old for this…lol then as you say, I smack myself and get back to doing what I love!

    You’re an inspiration!

  101. Love this video, Marie!

    My husband and I always use the “deathbed” test when we’re deciding if we should do something. Basically, we ask ourselves if, when we are on our deathbed, we’ll regret doing or not doing something. This technique has made it really easy to see which things are important in our lives and which aren’t. And it’s a great tool for helping my clients move forward when they are stuck.

  102. Jennifer Thomas

    Thanks for the affirmation Marie! I’m living my dream of attending chiropractic college. I’m in my first year and I’m…42 YEARS OLD! Yes. I’ve had previous careers, had to get loans to go to school, the whole bit. Am I regretting my risk? No F’n way! Sure a lot of my classmates are way younger than me, but what they have in fewer wrinkles I’ve gained in life experience and let me tell you in the post school world, the advantage will lie with me. I’m living my dream and couldn’t be happier. To all those who have doubts, I had them too, plus the nightmare fear sweats, but if you really want it, like I did, it’s worth it.

    • Lissa

      You go girl!!! That is so awesome.

  103. Terra Goeres

    This is link to a commencement speech given by Steve Jobs to the graduating class at Standford back in 2005. It’s a great source of inspiration for me and I re- read it at least once a week. It’s a MUST read for any of you who have never seen it and it fits perfectly with this wonderful discussion about having the courage to follow your dreams!

    • Farah Belliard

      Yes! I’ve seen this Terra. It’s very moving!

  104. As always, such an awesome video. It’s so true how aging ourselves is a form of keeping us playing small. I’m 35 and just starting my own biz. Sometimes I get caught up in feeling behind, but then I take a moment to breathe and trust that everything I need / am is unfolding perfectly.

    Love the Q. I will say, I have lived without regrets, so I must be doing something right!

    See you in NYC for RHH Live. Can’t wait!


  105. Pauline Laurie

    That could have been me asking that very same question. Funny how that happens just when you need it! The difference is: I am 53, not 24. (Does she really think 24 is old??) I am a late bloomer – well actually, I am a second time round bloomer. I started off pretty well back in my 20’s, but ‘lost’ myself for years – life, mortgage, work etc blah blah blah. And thanks to your book and blog (amongst others) I am getting myself back. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE! The things I love: fashion, clothes, design, colour, architecture, and WRITING. And I intend to include as much of these things in my life as possible, including making money from them. So thanks Marie. You are an inspiration. If I lived in NY I would come to your RHH. Maybe next year.

  106. John

    You are so hot…sizzling hot…that I know that I am not too old to make love with you!!!

  107. Veronika

    hilarious video… :)) so fun
    and sooo true.
    I am 32 and when I was 24, I thought I was too old to start new things, things that I loved and were closer to my true self, well…so I have to do it now, ´cause pain pushes 🙂
    and yes, I could smack me for that.
    But now I feel more at ease with just trying to do what is close to my heart…I mean what is the alternative anyways? so no fears anymore.

  108. So true Mario. Im a late bloomer but that only means I did so many other things on the way to being late. I was late having children but I was doing the career thing first and getting my body and headspace ready. I was late learning SEO and IT and everything else there is to know about the internet and that was only because I was busy doing the best job I could at being a Mum.

    So LouLou. It doesnt matter what age you do things. What matters is what you’re doing while you’re not doing what every it is you are putting off?

    And I live by the deathbed scenario. What will you be thinking of as you take your last breath? Don’t die regretting. Do it all; have it all; give your all.


  109. Cristina Rizzo

    Hi Marie,
    I loved your book, it changed my life!!! i am telling all my girlfriends about it!
    I am 43 and after divorcing from my husband I realized that I was getting older but the age of the guys I was attracted too did not change !!! I tried to fight it but it was made very difficult by the fact that I look younger and i still love going clubbing and doing the same things I was doing when I was in my twentees. I never ever approach a younger guy as i do not want to feel I am a couger but they come to me!!! So I eventually gave up and let it be….. I live near a naval base so there are loadssss of guys and I go out with guys ( even as friends) whose age ranges from 20 to 32,33. Initially I was convinced they just wanted to play but I then realized they are actually looking for a relationship and I hurt a few by not considering them as boyfriends !! My current boyfriend is 25 and he does his best to make me happy. He told me my age does not matter to him at all especially as he has a child from his previous relationship and so do I ! Is it bad?? Should I keep thinking it can’t happen or should i just let go and give it a try?? i don’t feel confortable with men my age unless they are party animals like me :/ Thanks Marie

  110. Sharon

    Oh gosh, I can so relate to this. I’m a late bloomer and started a business a couple of years ago at age 51. After a serious illness, I’m just now “getting back on the horse” and I recently talked myself out of going to rhhlive because I felt that I was too old. Oh well, I’ll try again next year (hoping there will be another rhhlive next year).

    • Louise

      It’s Louise and I work with Marie. It is totally not too late! There are still tickets available to RHH Live and we’ve love to have you there. I’m emailing you off-blog to make sure we connect.

  111. Hey there,
    when my husbands business went down the pan when I was 43 I retrained to be a hairstylist (no previous experience) so that I could start earning some money fairly quickly with a service you still cant buy on the internet.
    Now, at 50 my career is as a yoga teacher, kicking the saggy buts of people half my age! Yoga is not for wimps is my motto as I love their bodies for them until they can do it for themselves !
    Namaste girls, and boys, and never say CAN’T near me!

  112. Olga

    Hi Marie,
    Thank you for this video. I am from Russia. I am 31 years old. Two years ago I started to learn how to play the violine. I was 29 at that time. I always loved this musical instrument. I really think that we should always listen to our hearts and that we are NEVER too old to do what we really love (my results approve that).

  113. Ugh, I used to always be either TOO YOUNG or TOO OLD for EVERYTHING. But then I realized that if I’m too young for some stuff and too old for other stuff, it’s really all BS.

    I started dancing at age 29. I started sports at 22 (when most kids have been playing some sport since age 7). And now, at age 30, I’m doing something I always dreamed of doing in my teens but thought I didn’t have the chops for…I just signed up with an agency for acting and modeling. And if 30 isn’t over the hill for THAT industry, I don’t know what is.

    Besides, the older I get, the less of a learning curve I have because I build on all my other experience.

    And for Loulou (sp?), have you seen Project Runway??? There’s always a few people on there who are in their forties or fifties, a LONG way off from 24! Go rock your fashion career! 😉

  114. Marie, I am 72 years old and think you are right about not letting age hold one back. I have recently started two online shops selling handmade clothing and accessories for babies and toddlers, and I am now learning how to use social media and SEO so hopefully people will visit the sites and buy something. I am learning to speak French; although I have never been to Paris I am planning on going when I can. I think about piano lessons because I always wanted to take them but my family could not afford them when I was growing up. They also could not afford dancing lessons. I got my tap shoes when I was 45 and took some lessons. I have become a fan of yours because you are young, intelligent, ambitious and refreshingly have common sense which sometimes seems sadly lacking in today’s world. I wish you continued success!

    • Marian, your comments bought tears to my eyes and shame for my apathy around picking up new things (I’m 47) – you are awesome! I love what you do and your attitude, it is magnificent!

    • betty hygrell

      Hi Marian, you really inspire me! Thank you.

  115. Fabulous question – that 24 year old baby – yes, she needs a smack! It’s never to late to start to do anything that you strongly desire (except breast implants at 70). One of the worst things in my opinion is to look back with regret. Never have to say, “I wish I had done that.”

  116. I loved this video! I think we all get these excuses and if it’s not an age thing – it’s a weight or an education thing.

    Basically we’re just as young as we’ll ever be!

  117. Love the video but also loved the dialogue that it started. I’m so inspired by you ladies. I’m 45 and my husband and I have let go of a business that was very lucrative for many years for us. Only problem was neither of us were inspired by it and so most of the time we worked with a scowl. So now we get to go and do something we are passionate about. So reinvention at 45 is in progress and the more of these posts I get the more excited I get about the possibilities. So thank you ladies.

  118. Well Marie…you are lots of fun to listen to. Plus, you make some great points.

    May I add this thought?

    My generation (Boomers) is the first generation EVER to be gifted with an additional 15 years of life or so. 15 extra years!

    Mary Catherine Bateson in her groundbreaking book, Composing a Further Life, calls this new phase of life (between 50+ and 80+) our ‘Second Adulthood.’ Jane Fonda calls it Act III.

    In any case, YOUR generation gets this gift too. And I hope to help you pave the way.

    The questions for both Adulthood I and II are this: What am I here to do now? What will give me meaning now? What do I have to share with the world?

    It is a question I am exploring at age 65 for myself and others through a course and book called, “Wisdom of the 8 Bowls: A modern myth for women at mid-life and beyond.”

    Too old?

    Not on your life!

    Best wishes, Flo

    • Diana

      Hey Flo, I love your post, best wishes!!! Diana

  119. Andrea

    Marie, the best part was the end of the video….its awesome to see that even the superstars are messing it up once in a while 🙂 LOL
    You are adorable as always.
    The age thing should never be an issue in anything we do. I am 36 and feel the best years are yet to come, as I am a much more clear on things I want, and all details then in my 20’s. I heard this from many other women. Being in 20’s again, I would have done things a bit differently, even though I had many good times…. but i would have started a business way back then and not in my early 30’s.

    I can not make your RHH in a few weeks and I am pretty bummed. The biggest reason (aside from information and amazing people there) is to meet you finally in person and I am dying to meet Kris Carr (one of my big inspirations). You guys rock and I am very positive I will get this “second” chance someday soon!

  120. Oh I LOVE this post. I’d been asking myself the same ‘too old’ question repeatedly since my late teens and into my twenties, until it finally ‘clicked’ that I’ve just gotta go for whats truly in my heart, for it’ll keep coming back and nagging me until I do!

    I’ve ‘passed on’ or tried to ‘ignore’ my passions so often in the past, because I thought it was too late (or not possible) and ended up in a career and life which wasn’t really who I was. In the end, it was my body that gave way, and literally forced me to reconsider how I was creating my life.

    I love the quote “it’s never too late to be who you might have been” So now I’ve started my own business which I’m loving and also taking the time to explore my creative passions like dance & art, and starting to create life that really nourishes me.

    Its a great strategy Marie, the “will I regret it in 10 years” – to kick start us into action on bringing our biggest dreams to fruition 🙂

    I also really resonate with Wayne Dyer’s quote “don’t die with your music still in you”. So now really is the only time….If not now, then when?

  121. Cam

    yep, I wanted to smack her for thinking 24 was too old! 🙂 My goodness. At 24 Lulu – go for it! The world is yours hunny! Work it!

  122. Hi Marie,
    Thanks for the video. I think it hit home with a lot of woman, myself included. I am graduating with my masters degree in the spring and I just learned how to surf at 51. I have always wanted to do these things and the opportunities just came and I jumped at them.
    But yet I still find myself questioning my ability to do things like be successful in an online business because I’m not young enough or my look is not hip enough or other wrong ways of thinking. Letting go of the fear and uncertainty is the challenge and the goal. I guess my past experience has shown me that when the desire is strongest and the opportunity is right, it will happen. And we all need to support each other in living our dreams.
    Thanks for your video! Peace, Jean

  123. Chi


    Gurl I know u had a look of shock on your face, but all jokes aside 24 yrs old is kinda old. Shew, I should know, I’m facing the same issue since I’ve indulged in fashion and style since my teens and am just now trying to carve my own lil niche into the fashion industry and guess what? Im 26…old as hell! So I understand where your gurl Lulu is coming from.
    When I say “old as hell” I define it as relative to career in pursuit, achievements, accomplishments, and yes, babies. Now trust me when I say that I am super rational, but when it comes to personal goals and the vision one might have of the extraordinary person they want to become, sometimes some irrational and (sometimes cynical) thought will give you the reality check others will not and also keep you accountable for your “lack of”.
    I know in “human years” 26 is not old, but when you check the timeline that you had for yourself personally and professionally, SOMETIMES you wish Michael J. Fox could lend you that machine of his!
    Now, don’t get it twisted because I am well aware that Im still young, intelligent, hot, and sexy ass hell, however, I am not naive to the fact that time is “running out”.
    But life is about enjoying the journey, right? And that’s basically what ambitious and sometimes overanalytical chicas like me have to force ourselves to do.
    TTYL Marie. Keep doing your HOT thang!
    P.S. Hey Lulu, hit me up so we can collaborate on something!

  124. Love love LOVE this video and post! I think I’m a bit of a late bloomer! At 46 just this year did I start my own business … something I knew I always wanted (for at least the last 10 to 15 years anyway) but didn’t know WHAT to do or HOW to do it!! Thanks to losing my job and a car accident settlement all happening within about 4 weeks of each other at the beginning of 2011 I was able to start on this path I’m on now!! I believe I would have found a way anyway, but that settlement certainly did help 🙂

    Now I spend my days trying to help others, especially women around my age, to follow their dreams and do what they’ve always dreamed of!!

  125. My mom went back to school after my brother and I were both in grade school. She attended UCSF and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing — and she turned 37 that year!
    Also, I attended a university with a classmate who was 80! We all thought she was fantastic!
    As for me, I just started a new career as a real estate agent in 2009, and I’m 45.
    Thank you Marie for sharing such awesome wisdom!

  126. Amy

    Great video, Marie! I was a bit astonished at the Qer’s age (how can 24 be old??), but you handled it beautifully.
    Speaking of late bloomers — check out the great blog “Later Bloomer” ( It has great stories about late bloomers, and is intelligent and well-written.
    Warm regards to you and all your readers,

  127. Thanks for this article. You are never too old to do what you really love. I can say that by my own personal experience. I turned 50 this year, and I took a leap of faith, left my job as an accountant to use my life experiences and training to help others.

    I set myself as Confident Queen Genny and use my Gift of confidence to help both children and adults to be more confident so that they can maximise their potential and be the best they can. It does not pay me as much as I was getting as an accountamt, but I feel free, happier and wake up every morning with passion, energy and imspiration to keep going.

    So just focus on your passion, expect great things to happen and follow your dream.

    Be Focussed, Be Determined, Be Confident, Be Happy and Be Expectant.

  128. Liz

    The “deathbed test” that Julia mentioned above got me out of a very unhappy marriage 4 years ago. I turned 50 last year and left my 30+ career as a banker to start my own first aid training business! Then… a job at the firehall where I am a volunteer fire fighter came up and I got it! So now I work in the office of the most rewarding job anyone could ask for…quite often doing my admin job and an emergency call comes in and off I go! And teach outside of this job! I love my life. NO you are never to old to follow your dreams! During my transition I kept saying to myself (during those moments of fear!), what’s the worst thing that could happen? And I couldn’t come up with an answer to that! So I jumped in with both feet!! 🙂

  129. I’m a late bloomer! I think about that Julia Cameron quote all the time.

  130. Danny Fortes

    I love me some Marie TV!! Marie, you’re just too damn funny but way too serious woman. Haven’t we all wanted to kick ourselves for something or not doing something in the past. That’s the problem. I just heard Paulo Coelho just say that we’re slaves to our memory. How true is that? I have lived in the past for so long that I have amnesia future. Don’t laugh I’m serious.

    Just wanted to say that you & your girls are the best and I get soo much GOOD Sh*t from Q & A Tuesday… yaaaaaaay

  131. I love this Q & A Marie! I had never performed as an actor before, not even for a second, until I was 31….. 7 years later I’m in Hollywood. People thought I was crazy when I started, but the energy I get from trying new things and challenging myself is really my fountain of youth. As Andy Dufresne once said on the grounds of Shawshank State Prison, you either get busy living or get busy dying.

    • Farah Belliard

      Amen, Scott! Love Shawshank Redemption!

  132. Can’t believe that chicka thinking she’s old at 24!
    I’m 42 (cool cause it’s in reverse) and feel like I’m just getting into my stride 😉

    After each of my baby girls was born I took the opportunity of maternity leave to begin studying something new.

    The first was creative writing and book-keeping.

    The second I enrolled in a Uni BA programme and did my course externally round my kiddies. I was 29 when I started – never crossed my mind that I was too old so take heart ladies time flies so fast and you must grab your happiness and create the life of your dreams starting today!

    It’s never been so easy for women to do just that.

    Thanks Marie for another inspiring Q&A Tuesday. Love your Rocky impression 😉

  133. Mel

    Love this inspiration… I have often said that I am too old to change tack… but sometimes changing, doing something new is the only way forward… Love this.

  134. Great video! Although I have thought the “I’m too old” from time to time luckily I haven’t let it completely take me down. I like to say I’ve had a few lives here in NYC. Dancer/choreographer – stand-up comic, and now working on my small business. Thanks for another great video!

  135. Maya S.

    I so love this question. This is exactly what I was wondering about recently and I’m so glad you addressed it, Marie. I’m 23 (yes, I’m sure you all want to slap me now) and I’m interested in becoming a musician of some sort. My concern is a lot of the great musicians out there were playing music at like 3 years old or something, so I’m thinking “Yep, I’m over the hill music wise; don’t try.” But, whether or not I am too old to do something, I can never be too old to just try, right? I know a few people who think they’re too old to do things they want to do, but they never even try them out at all!! So, they can’t even really be called late bloomers because they’re not blooming nothing! 🙂 Anyway, this video has motivated me to at the very least try music or whatever I’m curious about because how will I truly know I’m “too old” to do something if I never even do it at all? Cheers to everyone in their journeys 🙂

  136. LOVED. THIS. VID…

    I saw a bit of myself at 24 in LuLu–I don’t know if it’s because ‘that milestone’ is just around the corner, but it seems to be a difficult age.

    I used that question about regret with a psychotherapy client yesterday–it’s really powerful and the beauty is that asking questions of people, rather than giving advice gives them the power to choose their path.

    Back to the LuLu’s of this world–girl, I couldn’t agree with Marie more, you will likely want to kick your inner-young ass in ten years for even entertaining the notion of too old. Rock on with your fashion dreams!

  137. Re

    Lulu. I’m an 18 year old gal who loves coming to Marie’s site to get some serious tips for me future business, and I think it’s hilarious anybody would consider 24 old. This doesn’t have much to do with business, but this is my take on aging in general:

    I can’t wait until I’m old!

    And I’m not talking 20s, 30s, or even 40s! I mean I can’t wait until I’m wrinkly ol’ 60 year old! I mean, c’mon. The things that come with age are incredible: more life experience and wisdom (in general), getting away with stuff even toddlers can’t get away with just because people think you’re senile, and all the other benefits (Free shit?! GIMMEH.)! I mean, I hope I’m still kicking ass and taking names when I retire, but Father Time has always been on my side and I think he should be on yours too.

    My greatest role model my dad is in his 50s, and he’s just incredible. He’s gone to back to virtual college again and again to get his degrees while still working with the military earning his dollahs (something he’s been doing the past 50 years), and he plans to teach little kids when he retires, something a lot of people here in Hawaii take up when they’re in their 20s or 30s. All this and he can still kick my ass and a bunch of his 20-something coworkers in the mile run, and he still tells me, “If it’s too loud, you’re too old.” If my dad can do it, you can rock it.

    I don’t know too much of the fashion industry, but I get why you’re nervous with all that prevalence of youth. But aren’t some of the top designers, stylists, and advisors in their golden years too? Tim Gunn and Donna Karan don’t strike me as 20 year olds. Besides, aren’t awesome ideas and businesses like a good pair of black pumps? Y’know, timeless? 😉

    • Fab advice. Wish I was as smart as you at 18. And don’t forget Vivienne Westwood who was a school teacher before setting up her first fashion boutique at the age of 30 : ).

      Lulu – If Dame Viv can become a punk at 30, you can get your butt to fashion school. Good luck. xx

  138. I’m almost 28. The older I get, the more I realize that I’m NOT old at all! And neither are people in their 30’s, or 40’s, or 50’s, or 60’s… It’s NEVER too late to do what you love! xo

  139. Hi Marie,
    Loved this video. I worked for years as an executive headhunter and I can tell you that one of the biggest fears people have is changing careers. But when you follow your heart, you’ll do yourself good because you’ll be doing what you LOVE to do! I am changing careers now and becoming an author at 43. Who knew that at 20??? I sure didn’t!
    Keep on keeping on with these great videos!

  140. Caroline

    Bonjour Marie!
    My name is Caroline and I live in Montreal,Québec. Last year I lost my job and was forced to reconsider my future. Of course I could have found another job and hussle for someone else’s mission. I had been putting off my dreams in order to provide for my family. But when the crossroads came, I chose ME! I am 37 and a single mother of two, so I had to take into consideration our finances before deciding what to do. Well, I decided that my happiness and my dreams are way more important than a steady income. So I am currently back in school and will be a licensed naturopath and counsellor by next fall. Yes this has put a financial strain on our lifestyle, but it is temporary and there are many ways to make ends meet and there is no shame in doing so as long as there is a goal at the end of the struggle. I have put the fear of being too old, being poor and being indepedent aside to follow my dreams. I didn’t want to look back at my life when I’ll be 70 and say, “damn, I should have done that when I was younger” NOW is the time to take the steps towards my dream life. I wanted to participate in the RHH live contest but since my business idea is still in my head, I will wait for next year’s event to send you my video. MERCI Marie for sharing your knowledge and love with us. Very appreciated. Eventually I shall pass it forward. 🙂 xx

  141. This was super inspiring. Thank you!

  142. Thank you for your keep-it-real candor Marie! YOU ROCK! I have recently embraced my “late bloomer” status. I didn’t get balls to move to LA and follow my dream of acting/tv hosting until I was 27! I battled thinking I was too old, but thank God I got over myself and made the trek from TX. The thing that kept me moving forward was contemplating the alternative…YIKES…to stay in BFE, Texas? Hellz no!

  143. One of the good things about starting business when you’re not that young any more is that you don’t take any thing for granted. You learn to celebrate your success – however little it is – understand that you need others to achieve your goals and be there for those who, just like you, are doing their best.

    Un beso,

  144. I truly love this conversation and definitely have felt the fears of being “too old.” My walk down college road didn’t begin until age 28.. And early this year, my 35th year on this amazing planet, I walked away from a secure & well paying “job”, completely changed my career direction and recently started my own yoga studio/business. I love that some people know what it is they want/need/must do after high school or even in their twenties.. I didn’t. It really took some much needed time and self study to get to know myself and honor what serves me. Yes, it is difficult not to compare oneself with others.. yet when you know what you must do for you and give up caring about what other think and you begin creating/believing/acting from that space – age is the last thing that matters.

  145. Hello from sunny England (freaky heatwave here!)
    I am 43 and three quarters and have NEVER felt so full of ambition, energy, ideas and confidence. Yep, its a cliche but you really ARE as young as you feel… or as young as the man you feel lol!
    Lovin’ your work M – keep it coming.

  146. Hi Marie!….Best “latebloomer “story evah! I had the privilege a number of years ago to work with Oscar-winning Costume Designer Albert Wolsky. Long and lovely story short…he worked in the family Travel Agency until he was 40! Had a love for fashion and design and became an apprentice, I believe, for someone who did plays in New York, then Broadway, then movies! Hurray Albert. His encouragement to me was…. often times those of us with a few more years on us have a confidence, life experience and maturity that can propel us farther faster. I LOVE you Albert!

  147. Hi Marie! Wow, as a dude, i’m a huge fan of you and your work. Your introductory e-book that i downloaded, reminded me to “mind my IS-ness” and you continually remind me of good sh*t. Awesome vid production too.

    Okay… late bloomers. i just listened to an incredible interview with Brendon Burchard and Paulo Coelho, and according to Paulo, he didn’t write a book until he was 38. (And i thought John Steinbeck was old for getting first published in his late 20’s also, his first three books were failures critically and commercially, and only in his early 30’s did he make a splash…)

    I might be a late bloomer, i’m 30 and spent 10 years in math education (publishing, tutoring, teaching)… now i teach complex capabilities, especially communication and “inner game” type stuff… it feels right on time to me, i feel you cannot be too old to follow your inspiration, your bliss. Even if you have only one breath left in your lungs.

    Did I ever smack myself for passing up an opportunity? HELLZ YEAH! dude i had these two women literally drag me back to their house and… okay i won’t get into the deets here… but in general, with romance, sometimes i feel like i “should” settle down and be with one woman, “i ain’t gettin’ any younger…” knowing full well that i want to live King Solomon style… and i have passed up on some potentially intense and pleasurable situations that were handed to me on a silver platter. i’ve also taken advantage of such opportunities since then, and i am happy i did. even my mistakes, i’m glad i made them, because i learned and grew…

    tonight i have an open mic to play in Melrose, MA, and i feel a little old to be shucking my quirky romantic tunes… actually no i don’t, just typing that made me realize how ludacris such a though is… but i do have some insecurity about the age of the audience. I’m imagining teens and elders, no on my age. Go figure. But i am sure that when i get up there and bring down the f-ing house, some 21-49-year-young tattooed hottie is going to approach me and say “Hi, my name’s….” But it is not the women that make it worthwhile, though they are so sweet. Knowing that i am faithful to myself, that makes it all worthwhile. Damn, maybe it is the women. I dunno.

  148. Debbie G.

    Hi Marie – And another ROCKIN’ Forleo Q&A!!!! I love that you tackle the “meatie” questions (even tho I think you are a vegetarian.) This self imposed roadblock can be such a big one for people who have the mind set to go for what they love in life, which it is obvious most people who follow you have.

    On the personal side of life, I make it a habit to try new things as often as I can and to do the things I keep saying “I’ve never done that or been there before”, like walking the Freedom Trail in Boston for the first time in my life (which I did with my mom this summer – she is 73 and it was her first time doing it, too), writing my first novel (I’m over 100 pages into the first draft of my first murder mystery), and taking up any artsy craft that calls to me (jewelry making, Artist Trading Cards, knitting and crocheting). My husband and I also took up kayaking in our late forties. I will try just about anything that interests me in my personal life.

    On the professional side… my career in the computer industry was all about trying next directions – moving from technical into management, running a remote office across the country, going to smaller and smaller companies, taking on bigger and new responsibilities that were out of my areas of expertise,… all good. Now I am in my early 50’s and I am transitioning again. I’ve spent a couple of years exploring and learning more in areas I am interested, but I have to say the age thing has been a pain in the neck to ignore. I had this vision of what my life (and career) should look like in my fifties and… it doesn’t look like that. (I don’t even think that vision would make me happy.) For a while I questioned all my previous decisions and let a lot of those nagging doubt demons intrude on my otherwise exciting period of rejuvenation, but after reading a few books on overcoming fears (living with more courage and authenticity), watching your Q&A vids for a few months and finding so many inspiring people to learn from on the web and at local networking groups, I am more inspired than ever to find and follow my dream (at 52).

    I tell my own friends who talk about changing careers that if we only work until we are in our seventies, we still have over twenty years to build a new career!! It seems like a much longer time and way doable when you are in your twenties and think about what you can do working until you are in your forties…but twenty years is twenty years! And, if you love what you are doing, who wants to stop in your seventies anyway?!?

    So – thank you Marie and all the other inspiring women (and men) who commented on this Q&A for your insight and reminders that age is what you make it. – Deb

  149. I’m a boxing fan and Bernard Hopkins is an inspiration to me.

    With a win on May 21st 2011, Hopkins became the oldest man in the history of the sport to win a major world title, supplanting George Foreman, who had previously held the distinction after his knockout victory over Michael Moorer.

    Now he got his start when he was younger but this definitely ain’t supposed to be a sport where 46 year old men are supposed to be whoppin’ ass and taking title belts from guys in their 20’s.

    Bernard’s heart of a champion spirit is an inspiration to all.

  150. Hey Marie,
    LOVE this Q & A topic because it’s ME! I began the process of reinvention after 20 years in corporate and decided if I didn’t pursue my dream I’d regret it. I’m pursuing my dream and showing my teens that I can do it. Now I help others transition from employee to solopreneur and beyond combining my coaching, education and years of experience in sales and marketing.
    So the answer is that don’t let anything hold you back if you have a dream you will regret pursuing!
    Thanks for giving props to all those bold enough to take the leap.

  151. Rachel

    After just finishing a grueling group interview for a very competitive graduate school where I was by far the eldest applicant (at 32), I can give this advice: Work the experience angle! Whether it’s for a job, a new business, or going back to school, the fact that you have a few years of real life under your belt is an asset, not a blemish! And I’ll tell you this, I was the only one admitted to the program who was in that group interview. Booyah.

    • Congratulations Rachel! I didn’t start my University studies until I’d had one major career and my fourth child was in kindergarten. I was 43 and went on to eventually get a PhD! I eventually went back to Uni as a Senior Lecturer in Counseling to Masters students in my 60s! It so can be done!


  152. Awesome video, Marie! Great and useful content as usual.

  153. Lisa Cusano

    Late Bloomer! I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up and I am halfway through 38 with two children to boot! I have had a very successful accidental career and amazing ideas – now just to close the gap! Never too late to be me :).

  154. Tate

    First off, I hope I can post as a male who also considers himself on the road to becoming Rich, Happy and Hot. Secondly, this is such a timely video for me Maria. I’m 39 yrs old, wanted to work for the public service because I thought I could effect change from the inside. After 3 1/2 years Im now disillusioned and feeling “there has to be something more” to make a difference in my community, and provide for my young family. Thanks for telling me it’s not too late to change or go on a different path. You are an inspiration Marie!

  155. Marie –

    I just want you to know that I first heard you say. “10 years from now, will I regret that I didn’t to this” on your interview for Rise to the Top and it has been my mantra ever since! I asked myself that question when I was thinking about joining B-School, when I was thinking about going to a 4 day conference with people I thought were out of my league, when I made my absolute passion for weddings into a career, and when I was thinking about going to RHH Live. This quote alone has changed my life, and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for that!
    Love you, love your content and love your passion.
    I can’t wait to see you at RHH Live! Only 3 more weeks!!!

  156. Great video Marie! Here’s my story. I went back to university at 25 and did a second degree, in the field I wanted to work in for my career. I felt ancient! Most of the students were 19 to 22. Back then those few years seemed to be big gap. I knew though that having this degree would multiply my earning and career potential. In the 10 years from the time I started my degree to the time I left the corporate career to start my own business, my annual salary increased by six times and I became the communications manager for a city of over a million people. I am so grateful I took the chance to go back to school. It made a huge difference in my life.

    • Great post Nadine… I loved reading that you found such fulfillment in starting your own business. If I knew then what I know now, I would have done it years earlier. I also started a completely new direction from my corporate career, even though I was on top of my “game”. It’s scary to make that shift – but deep inside, you know there is no other choice but forward. Congratulations on taking the chance and following your calling!

  157. Synchronicity — I just learned that Ray Croc — who founded McDonald’s — was 52 and had already had his spleen and thyroid removed when he FIRST started with his biggest idea. He had to mortgage his house to launch the company.

    Guess I’m not such an old fart after all. Looking forward to readling the other inspiring comments on this post.

    Lisa Rothstein
    Copywriting for Entrepreneurs Making a Difference

  158. Wow! Great Tips and Sooooo Timely! I needed to hear this one today Marie. Big Thanks!

  159. The age I completely started over? ( 40! ) and I never looked back! The best thing I ever did was to listen to my heart and follow my Soul’s calling! After years of building a career working for someone else, I left and created the life/career of my dreams… totally different AND completely heart centered and personally inspiring! Life just keeps getting better!
    Great videos Marie!
    Barbara Alexander
    Founder Epona Ridge

  160. Lots of kisses to all you beautiful women out there – here is my delicious bit: I just got my Second Degree Black Belt at age 46! (closer to 50 than to 40) And let me tell you, that involved plenty of getting tossed around the mat by a lot of different people day in and day out!

    So remember:
    You are never too old, you are never too old, you are never, you are never, you are never too old. (sing that to the tune of happy birthday for some extra fun)


  161. Debi

    At 28, divorced from husband and history of being in office admin. Decided that it was now or never and took a very low paying job working for a firm taking kids away on outdoor trips. I loved the idea of doing this and knew it was my destiny. Within 3 years, I’d gone to Uni to educate myself and completed a Post. Grad. in Outdoor Education. Then started my own business taking kids on camp as well as working with womens groups. Found my life partner (now hubbie and we have 3 kids). Most of the people in that industry at that time were young, gorgeous, fit and enthusiastic. What I brought to the table was my own self certainty, big picture approach, punctual (OMG let’s not go there) and empathy for the parents, the teachers, the corporate execs, the women. Even though I’m now not in that industry, I take from what I learnt to everything else I do in life. Now I’m 50 and discovered I can write books and going down another path and believe we should always look at things we want to do with the view of “Will I look back in 6 months or 6 years and regret not at least giving it a go”

    • What a fantastic story Debi 🙂 Love your cute Poppy Pretzel too!

  162. Cindy

    Great video! I’m in my 40s and embarking on a new career as a life coach and am actually reallly excited about it. I believe all my life experience put me on my path to fulfill my true purpose. I feel like I’m just getting started. I have a friend who at 50 went to medical school and kicked butt. And then in his mid 60s he started running marathons. He’s amazing. It’s all mindset, isn’t it!

    • Good for you Cindy…I did the same. I think it took until 40 to figure it out. Best thing I’ve done for myself was to figure out what I love and what I’m truly good at 🙂

  163. “Twenty-four and there’s so much more”- Neil Young
    Ah, 2B24 again- she has her whole life ahead of her. Great Q&A- love the book,The Artist’s Way, too. Other examples relating to your answer; Colonel Harland Sanders(KFC) started the franchise when he was 65 with $105.00 from his Social Security check; another artist, Henri Rousseau, didn’t start getting recognition for his art, until he was retired as a Customs Agent & middle aged. Great comments from others, as well; now, I think I’ll go slap myself silly.

  164. NEVER! Three women I know who are in their upper 70’s just hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim! This is 24 grueling miles straight down, then straight up. Some hiking sites warn that no one should try to do this in one day, but these old broads, by god, did it in one day!

  165. Preaching to the choir here! Absolutely loved this. I’ve written about creative 35 “late bloomers” and have another 2-3 years of content planned. In fact, I’m adding it to my (soon to be released) resources section. Thanks, Marie!

  166. Gabi Abreu

    Marie, this one really spoke to my heart. I’m a 24 year old brazilian wannabe actress who has always heard that I am too old to pursuit my life dream, so I’ve been keeping a boring/terrible day job at a bank (bleerg). Thank you for inspiring me!

  167. I can’t believe in this day and age someone would say something like : “I’m too old for …’


    I think people forget that life experience will strongly influence your success.
    Age? Nothing. Life experience? Priceless.

    How much life experience does one have at 20? For most; not much.

  168. You are never too old. I’m 54 and just starting a new career as an eating disorder recovery and life coach!! My motto “Go for it and live your dream”!!!

    • Hi Maisen
      55 with tshirt co.
      Now is our time.
      Anything Is Possible

  169. Stella D.

    I’m so glad I found this video! I’m 32, and somehow ended up being a middle school teacher for 6 years (nowhere near my passion). I was laid off 1.5 years ago, and have had time to think about what I really want to do. I’ve decided to pursue a career in music, and am constantly struggling to fight off the thoughts of being too old. It’s great to read so many uplifting and encouraging comments from people who have been through this, or know someone who has, and came out on top!

  170. Marsha

    Excellent post. Thank you! The thoughts of being too old for this or that have often crossed my mind. Sometimes it’s a challenge getting beyond the thoughts to make some moves. It may not be the move I wanted to make though. That’s my way of settling to make it OK. Your video said to me “make the move I want to make, not just ANY move. Don’t just settle”. I’m NOT too old.
    Your site was recommended to me. My plan is to attend the RHH Live conference next year. Now That’s what I want to do! :))

  171. Thank you so much for the video and love all the great stories everyone! I am just shy of 48 and I refuse to let age slow me down! I had always wanted to be a counselor since age 18 and never pursued my dream. But when I turned 30 I had to try. I tried all right and never looked back! I continue to dream big every day. What’s that saying? Shoot for the stars even if you only get to the moon? or something like that? Just wrote a new blog about this very subject. If you want check it out at Thanks! P

  172. Great video and advice! I started painting, in earnest, 4 years ago, when I was 29. What it took to “get earnest” about it was kicking the thought that I was so far behind all these prodigies who had come out of the womb holding a paintbrush (ow!) and had attended this and that fine university or prestigious MFA program. What I realize now is that it is PERFECT that I waited until my late twenties because in my early twenties I had some pretty dang paralyzing perfectionist tendencies. By my late twenties I’d done so much work to get over that that it freed me up and put me in the perfect state of mind to paint soulfully (as opposed to being consumed about impressing the general public or some university professors).

  173. Mary Jane Bohlen

    I started college at age 46 full time while working 3 days a week and raising 3 children and a husband. Graduated at 50, got my masters at 54 and now, at 68, I will graduate in June with a certificate in Digital Photography from RISD and am getting ready to launch my new photography business. You are never too old—or young!

    • Kay Hall

      That is just so awesome and incredibly inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hey Mary Jane
      I get it!
      55 and now’s the time.

  174. Wow! I just discovered you Marie, and think you rock. I remember doing some of your dance aerobic videos; you were always my favorite. You have that ‘Rock Star” quality.
    I am 52 years young and have a young company where I focus on Anti-Aging and rejuvenation. I have been distressed that my life does not look like I want it to right now financially, so your website and attitude are so helpful right now.
    I loved the Manifestation video with Gabby Bernstein, I too am a student of A Course in Miracles, so she is right up my alley.
    Have done loads of clearing and healing work to be free of negative patterns, conditioning, past life baggage, etc.
    Thanks for being you!

  175. Seriously~I started my own pet sitting business at 64 and now am 68. I feel like I am 28. I am in great shape at 110 lbs., my mind is alert in keeping up with all the appts. dogs/cats/clients. I challenge myself to all kinds of fun things for the clients ….specials, too. I get top $ because I am as professional as they get~Reach for the stars~everyone~~:)

    • Thanks for the inspiration Ronni.
      55 with a tee shirt company. Who knew?

  176. This topic is so painfully close to my heart right now. At the beginning of last year I was so confused about what I wanted to be. I was doing my Master’s in psychology and although it was interesting I did not see myself as a psychologist. I tried to fight that feeling – I thought I was too old to try something new and had to grow up and become responsible. I had dreamed about becoming a singer once, but somewhere along the way I had convinced myself that it wasn’t in the cards for me. But then, at 24, I decided that if I don’t try now I’ll regret it forever. 24 is very old in the opera world to start your studies. It takes 6-10 years to get on stage and even then it’s years of hard work before hitting the dream roles. Even thought I’m still troubled by the age issue from time to time, I’m determined to make my dreams come true despite the odds. This is my one life and I’ve got to make it happen!

  177. Kim H.

    I recently read that Alan Rickman landed his first movie role at the age of 46. It was in Die Hard. As a 47 year old woman who wants to reboot my life in the 2012, this gives me hope!

  178. I’ve just turned 65. Loving life like never before and plunging head first into seriously creating jewelry and getting my name out there. The body says “65” but the mind is eternally young. I’m determined so don’t tell me I can’t do it!!! Love all your videos, Marie xxxxx

    • Hi Roz
      55 with a tshirt company
      I can feel you.
      Share the love xo

  179. I’m 32 and I feel like I’m just hitting my stride!

  180. My dad gave me a guitar when I was 15 and I thought I was too old to learn how to play. I am now 30. Gah!!

    I loved this video. Thank you so much.

  181. Hey Marie, I adore the video “Are you too old to do what you love”? I’m 46 and doin’ it now baby! .. Ask me if I know, Internet marketing? NOPE. don’t know beans about it! Making movies? I know even less! Website design, content, SEO, google search? ZIPPO! Big goose egg. Nada.
    Right now, I’m sure of just two things. My Brooklyn roof-top asana (yoga) practice saved my life, and can save others, and 10 years will go by anyway… whether I do it or not. Thank you for your inspiration. I’m stoked xo

  182. a note for lulu : DO IT ! there’s a reason you feel like you want to do it. it’s because you want to do it! so trust in your own journey and jump on board. anyway you’ll find it’s less about age and more about skill / talent and you only become great at something by doing it every day. i think people worry too much about the end outcome rather than just breaking it down and taking the first step. ps i am just starting to carve a career in the music industry. i got signed by a small label in january. they are showcasing me soon to the big labels. the big labels are known not to take anyone over 30. i’m 35. does that stop me. hell no. if people like my voice they like my voice. there’s a market for my uniqueness somewhere, as there will be with yours. if other people believe in your skill and talent they’ll invest in you too but the belief starts with you. go for it girlfriend !! ps it’s better to have a go then to turn around for the rest of your life and always wished you’d had a go. just take the first step xxxx

  183. Lord this is cracking me up! Here’s my question for you …

    How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? I’m 56 and feel like I’m 38, not sure why 38, but there it is. If I wrote down every job I’ve done in my life, it would look like a novella. I’ve been making my living at making jewelry for 18 years, but I’m getting ready to kick it into high gear. I’ve got huge plans for the remainder of 2012 and into the future.

    It really is true – It’s never too late to be who you really are!

  184. Hi
    55 and a t-shirt company, really? This is the best time of my life and I have something to say. Who knew?
    Anything Is Possible xoxoxoxo htt//

  185. I’m an artist, and I didn’t start painting full-time until I was 46. It had always been my dream, and although it has been difficult to make a living this way, I’m so glad that I made the decision to give it a try. I would have had huge regrets if I hadn’t, and I’m making it work, one way or another. I’ve been a full-time working artist for 12 years, and everything always seems to work out.
    Go for it! Live your dreams. Why not?

  186. Christine

    Hi Marie,

    This one hits close to home! All through my twenties and early thirties I had a dream of living and teaching abroad. By the time I hit my mid thirties, I was working at my corporate job for 8 years. I kept telling myself I am too old, it would be irresponsible, I would look crazy…but I did *exactly* what you said. I imagined myself as my 80 yr old self, and I knew I would regret it if I didn’t do it. So I quit my job, and moved to Prague. I have been living abroad now for 2 years and enjoy it alot. And I realized something very important – I am actually GLAD I waited to do this at the age of 36..because I appreciate it on a different level than if I had been fresh out of college and just going to the pubs. So even if you feel too “old” you might come to realize it was good to have waited! 🙂

  187. I asked myself the same question. I’m 34 and starting a fashion design course that takes 3 years!! Am I mad?
    I’m already graduated in communication, it’s been 12 years and worked as a video editor for 7. Now I’m ready to change my career!! Am I going crazy?

  188. Judy

    I am starting Aerial Silks at almost 59. I took a class and fell in love with it. I know it will take tons of hard work and time but I am going to do this.
    I am an RN but work as a Manager for Big Pharma, a single Mother with 2 still in college. I am open to a job change where I actually enjoy what I do and one that is in alignment with my own beliefs.. I attended an Aerial Silks class and was shocked at how my upper body strength has diminished. So I am working at building up my strength. I have raised my family, am happily single and am looking forward to some ME time to persue what I want to do. It does not seem possible I am growing close to my 60’s. Time flies. I am looking forward to the next 30 years.

  189. Roy Poh

    I am 21 this year and I am thinking about going into the singing entertainment world. I have just start my official vocal training this year and compare to the Asian country, I cannot stop thinking that I am old for it. Well, I think I am seriously a late bloomer. Your vid really encourage me to really pursue my dream:)

    Thank you:D

  190. Fajr

    Great advice Marie. I often feel too old for things (almost 30) and I will definitely use your question trick on whether I will regret not doing it or not.

    I have a question related to your videos. How long does it take you to shoot one of your Q&A Tuesday videos? How many takes does it take? Interested because I want to incorporate video into my site and yours are always so amazing.

  191. At 28 I’m still blooming! As a Renaissance Soul I’ve struggled with focus. I have changed endeavors many times and often find myself thinking I’m too old to not know what I’m doing yet. But Guerrilla Smart is one of my ideas that has been growing on me for years and hasn’t changed. I am determined to figure out how to get started. GS is an education website and it’s perfect because I can incorporate all of my interests! If I’m successful, I can continue learning new things every day without starting my life from scratch every time.

  192. Trey Dennis

    I’ve been done about this very subject. Im 28, growing up with Asperger’s, I have been behind socially and mentally than people my age. I have a 3 year depression because of some bad experiences in college also because so far behind everyone else in finding themselves. I have recently taken an interests kickboxing or jiu jitsu, but never stuck to it because I knew I would never be good at it at my age. Theres apparently not many things to excel at this age, I have no interest in knitting or Tai Chi. Heck I feel I’m too old to pursue any competitive careers, another advisor told me I should stick to low level government administrative jobs. I have some positive moments, but reading articles on aging always ruins it.

  193. Peg

    Age is just a number. I don’t think about it. If I HAVE to, I can figure out how old I am, lol! So, I think I’m 48 BUT, I have the energy of 18! Due to crippling anxiety I gave up my dreams of going to college and becoming a counselor. I settled and made it okay to live less than I am capable of. But, feeling dead inside got old and it made me old. Let me tell you there is nothing more aging than living a life of regret. So, at age 30 I decided to go to college and pursue my dreams. I have accomplished much, AND am just getting started! Can’t wait till 50! 🙂 If your afraid, let it motivate you into action, not cripple you. Life is too short and it’s never too late!

  194. Manuela

    Hi Marie and everyone else!
    I think I’ve never thought of age/number of years besides turning 18 (when I finally could get my driving licens!). I’ve had a wonderful and wise father who taught me and my sister to focus on other values and most important of all; we grew up with the words: “If you want to become something, you can reach wherever you want as long as you work hard for it”. As a result of that, I started University at age 26, got my NLP Master&Coach licence at 42, starting my business once again (after failing the first time…) at 46 as a performance coach for athletes….so nope, can’t see that age has anything to do or keeping you from going for your dreams and goals….
    Thanks Marie for both informative, fun, exciting and “sexy” videos! Ciao!

  195. Lisa

    4 year uni degree started at 41! Dux every year. 1st class honours! The older i get, the better I get, the more i enjoy life and learning!

  196. Justine

    I’m 32 and whilst I’ve had some successful jobs to me I’ve not been successful because I’ve never pursued what I love – which is many things including, writing novels, dancing, singing professionally and painting. There is a part of me that knows I have the talent to realise these dreams but then I have a lot of fear of failure and of course the little voice that tells me I’m far too old. Too many people i know have been realistic and taken good but passion killing jobs and they think I’m lost. Not true, I just ain’t good at reality!! And I’m already kicking myself that I’m in the same place on the same merry-go-round of thought I was 10years ago thinking the same crap thoughts – I had all that potential in me then. I still do. I’m doing this!!! Screw the day job 🙂

  197. Tara

    I am 42 and while I am getting up there in numbers, my dreams isn’t so much about age as it is where I am in life and financially. I have always wanted to have a career in Music. I love music, it is part of me. I don’t have to be famous, but maybe I can own a private music lesson business or be a music teacher. The problem is I would have to go back to school in universtiy. I am a single parent, my daughter is in her first year of high school, I have debt. Most of all, she needs my help right now for homework and other teenage stuff. How the heck, do I pursue my dreams with these other responsibilities??!! And, yes, I am already regretting the fact that I did not pursue this when I always knew it was what I wanted to do. 🙁 thanks for listening.

  198. Tara

    and. Ps. I am so tired most of the time. My energy level is low.

    • Peg

      Hi Tara, I had to comment on your post because it is exactly why I do what I do. I now live by this phrase: “I would rather have a whole life time of ‘oh wells’ than ‘what ifs’. We tend to minimize what we can accomplish in a decade. I always say “hey 10 years is going to come one way or another it’s what I choose to do today and tomorrow right now that will determine what that will look like.” Seriously, I talk to myself like this all the time lol. Don’t be afraid to dream. I have many dreams still in me too and I figure at 48 I still have another 50 in me to do what I love! 🙂 Love and positive energy to you sister!

  199. Dear Marie!
    I am 37 years old, am just taking my first serious steps toward realising my dream, and I constantly struggle with this question! However, I figured that no matter how old I will be when I find out wether it was possible to reach my goal or not I will be just as old as I will be not having tried at all :). Age is coming no matter what, so one might just as well be the old lady having fun than the grumpy one, no?

  200. Carolyn

    Hi Marie!
    I was in my mid-20’s when I pondered whether or not to go back to school to switch careers from accounting into education because I thought I was too old to go back to school and work on a new degree. But then a question popped into my head – 30 was coming along and did I want to be 30 with or without the degree? I finished two months before my 30th birthday and used that degree in work for years but then switched careers again! Now, I am much older and am going through something similar only it’s deciding whether or not to work at building another home business but one that has residual income and am asking myself where I want to be when 50 rolls along! However, now I’m a single parent and my energy level is lower and this isn’t something that comes with a guarantee for success, but I suspect it would be worth taking the risk of investing time and energy into it for at least a certain amount of time (giving it dedicated effort with scheduled in time around parenting and the full time existing business). Hmmmm….

  201. Marie, I loved the video. My partner, Nancy, and myself are in our 50s/60s and just started our coaching business a few years ago. We work primarily with ‘mature’ women who are crafters/wreath designers/artisan who want to sell their creations online.

    Nancy is the artisan who has a very successful business creating and selling wreaths as well as tons of how to videos. I am the techie side who ran an SEO and web design company. Together we are an awesome team and our business is exploding.

    We are helping and encouraging a lot of ladies and we are having a blast!

    I am going to embed your video in a blog post because many of our ladies are wondering if they are too old to learn to sell online. We tell them if we can do, anyone can do it!

    PS I do wish I had your energy!

  202. Isisara Bey

    This video was just what the doctor – Dr. Marie, that is – ordered for me. I’ve had a full corporate career, but have been thinking for several years about building a business out of the many things I love doing. But I’ve been thinking that time has passed me by. I love the Julia Cameron quote; it’s exactly right. I’m the same age I would have been had I started seriously when I thought about it. And I know I’ll want to smack myself in 3 years if I don’t do it now! My other favorite quote is from The Shawshank Redemption – “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
    Damn right.

  203. Felicia Robles

    I loved this video, thank you so much Marie! I myself am going through a transition period. I’ve served almost 11 years in the Air Force and have finally gathered up the courage at age 27 (almost 28!) to go back to school and get my degree in Musical Performance. I’ve been playing flute since I was 10 and have always loved it. After a long hiatus I started up again and am absolutely determined to get my degree in music! I recently added piano to my list of instruments. I’m scared to death of failure but like you said, I don’t want to look back on my life in 10 years and regret having never tried. My step-father actually just posted a quote that I love and I thought I’d share it:

    God pity them both! and pity us all,
    Who vainly the dreams of youth recall;
    For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: “It might have been!”
    ~John Greenleaf Whittier~

    Wish me luck! 🙂 And to all of those in the same late bloomers boat, best of luck to you as well!

  204. Nanette Irvine

    Old is in the mind! I’m 58 (omg) and just starting a new coaching practice. I went to university in my 40’s and completed a degree in psychology and went on to have a private practice. I now want to devote my time to women of my era to help them find the ways to enhance their lives and meet their potential. I’m really climbing the learning curve on website design and technology and loving it, becoming a not too bad blues guitar player. Lots of challenges to seek out. The fear is there but….. not listening!! Thanks Marie – great video.

  205. Kim Forman

    I have always had trouble following everyone’s advice to choose one thing and stick to it. So, its a really good thing that I know it’s never, ever too late to do something you truly want to do. Who cares if everyone around you is younger than you? They don’t have your worldview! That’s actually an advantage for you!

    I will never forget a classmate I had during my creative writing studies in college. He was 72. He said he always wants a college degree and he was determined to get one! His poetry was a-MAZ-ing!

    If there is something you want, go for it! And leave those silly numbers out of it. 🙂

  206. I am a 38 yr old midwife from Germany. Do you know how long I´ve been a midwife? Since last April. I started my 3 yrs of Midwifery School at the University of Freiburg at the age of 35. I was the oldest in class. The others were in their early twenties. I admitt that it was hard sometimes. But I am very proud of myself now and today I am selfemployed working at a local birthcenter with a great team.

  207. Alexandra

    I had always wanted to get in to fashion but as never sure which direction to take. I

    So, I named myself the oldest fashion assistant in the world but I didn’t care as I was so happy

    Now I am living in Qatar and building up my confidence for my next career move and so happy I have found you Marie to help me to do this!


  208. Mary

    I am ancient at 60. I have wrinkles and I am not very attractive. I have been a nurse for 39 years, raised 3 boys to manhood, and raised many a garden. I feel lucky to have served my local community at my local hospital. I had always compared myself to the physically beautiful women who I thought could reach people better than me. Now I am learning to appreciate myself as a kind, compassionate person who is willing to give of myself to others. I am soooo excited about my next phase in life to be able to coach others how to care for themselves

  209. Just discovered you, Marie, and I am so glad I did! I”m 63, and I recently started a jewelry design business which benefits women in Kenya and also raises awareness of FGM. I have FINALLY found my purpose – combining my creativity with compassion to leave my mark making this a better world.
    Better late than never – trite, but true. I’m struggling financially – for now, but I’ve never been happier! Can’t wait to catch up with all you have to offer~

  210. Vicky Ranson

    At the age of 28 I started a career in Television having just graduated from University. Prior to this I left behind a career in floristry, to travel around the world, then upon my return to Blighty(England) with no qualifications I studied for a year in college before starting my degree.

    Like most people in my industry I started my new career from the bottom, as a runner (Gofer), making drinks, running errands and all manner other menial tasks. Yet I have to say it was a great experience and a very exciting time. I didn’t care a hoot that I was some 7 years older than my counterparts. It didn’t even occur to me that I was too old. Never.

    Now at the age of 42, with a successful TV career that I enjoy, I am gearing up to start again.

    I’ve been sitting on the idea for a website for a few years now, but a bad case of FEAR based PROCRASTINATION kept me from doing anything about it. The idea felt too huge to even contemplate. Many times I thought about binning the idea, but it was no use. Despite my best efforts I just couldn’t put the idea behind me.

    So one day I sat my frustrated arse down and thought about my successes. I asked myself, “What did I have in my twenties that I don’t have now”?

    And the answer was: Nothing!! There was nothing I had in my 20’s that I don’t have in my 40’s. Actually I have so much more now. I’m more knowledgable, wealthier and a tad wiser!

    Back then, in my 20’s I felt the same desire to change as I do now. The only difference is that I responded to it. I identified a desire for change, thought about what it was I wanted to do and then I put one foot in front of the other until I got there. Opportunities appeared and I did the work then more opportunities appeared and I did the work again. I had plenty of struggles along the way, but never questioned my desire to continue.

    That moment of realisation was a huge revelation for me, simple yet miraculous. It was a genuine A-ha moment.

    Soon after when the opportunity to join B-School presented itself, I took it. The website is still not built yet, but I’m doing the work and it’s very exciting.

    It’s not age, but fear that prevents us from following our dreams and desires.


  211. Deb

    I started my professional beach volleyball career at 27… 27?? Everybody thought I was crazy and “aren’t you supposed to be having babies now?” I didn’t listen and decided to go for it. I worked my way through the ranks and in 1996 was a member of the 3 teams that went to the Atlanta Olympics! I was 35… talk about a late bloomer. I can only imagine where I would have been if I’d have listened to those nay sayers.

    Now at 50… I’m looking for a new adventure!

    • vicky Ranson

      That’s amazing.

      I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavour.

  212. Tee

    Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth only started in Sonic Youth at 27. ( Hey I think that’s really young but this 24 yr old might relate more to 20s than 50s)

  213. Michelle

    I can absolutely relate to the “I’m too old” phenomenon. I spent years in a profession I knew was not for me straight out of university. At first, I guilted myself into staying because I didn’t want to be labelled as a quitter. Afterwards I thought it would be too late to retrain. All of this at the ripe old age of 27..I seriously cannot believe I thought that way. Now I’m definately older than 27:) and I’m so glad I’ve decided to leave. I truly wished I would have done it sooner. But no regrets there is a lesson in all of this for me. I am in a more junior position at my current occupation but definately striving towards my passion. I hope someday soon to help people who were in a similar position as myself make a decision to live the life they are truly meant to live. No regrets, I’ve discovered that your age, time and wisdom can add much to your new position. If you’re thinking about it…think no more just do it!

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  223. Tanya

    In December 2012, I applied to go to College for the first time in my life!! Butterflies, yes!! First day of school, first test, oh my!! The program was to become a certified Personal Support Worker and it was a bridging course into Nursing. When I was a teenager, I worked in a nursing home and loved it and thought about going into nursing or physiotherapy. Unfortunately, I did not further my education into a career but I am the proudest Mom of the most amazing 3 young adults!

    School was amazing! I loved it and at the at of 53 I graduated with honours! If I dwell on the fact that I’m job searching at this time in my life instead of planning for my retirement, I get discouraged, but I can’t stop feeling that there is something more to accomplish and that’s what gets me through the day.

  224. Lajae

    It just started my styling career and I’m 29 just find that confidence in yourself and believe u can do anything. When I was in beauty school I kid u not there was a mother and daughter just stating school together I remember I asked her how you do it she told me life is to short and if u have a dream go for it no matter what age you are.

  225. Lajae

    It just started my styling career and I’m 29 just find that confidence in yourself and believe u can do anything. When I was in beauty school I kid u not there was a mother and daughter just stating school together I remember I asked her how you do it she told me life is to short and if u have a dream go for it no matter what age you are. So to ever person thinking they’re to old no you just more mature and u gonna see this through

  226. Kelly

    I definitely feel like the late bloomer, though I’m still in the bud phase. I turn 29 in 11 days and I’ve just gone into my second year of a home learning BA (hons) English language and literature degree which I’m doing around work. I have also done a short course in business and admin and trying desperately to get whatever experience I can around work commitments. Strangely, I don’t find the age is such a big deal for me for the most part as it can’t be helped. I find time and money to pursue the interests I have are. Plus, internships often have cut-offs for age, which really isn’t cool. And I can’t afford to not work the crappy jobs as they pay for the essentials, as well as trying to save up to take short courses I want to take or classes in the future.

    I am essentially trying to build myself a solid base in terms of education and training to ensure I can work as a project/events manager, which should also support my interests in creative pursuits, but I have no experience or education in acting, script writing or directing which is what I have dreamed about doing for a long time.

    If anyone has any advice for me on how to chip away to gain the experience around difficult workplaces/on minimum wage, this would be greatly appreciated.

    I still believe it’s never too late though!

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  228. Bellion

    So a 36 year old is giving advice on being old? Interesting she said that a 24 year old in 10 years (hmmmm 34) is that when Marie Forleo started to feel old?

  229. texasterri

    Well, I graduated nursing school when I was 42. I’m 56 now and even though I love my job, I’m thinking about modeling. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do! I think there should be more models that are real, no surgery’s for boobs, nose chin, cheeks, butt and whatever else.

  230. The best comment for me was, ten years from now would you look back and kick yourself in the ass for not doing whatever it was you wanted to do. Great filter.

  231. Akisha Harris

    I think I could not have found you at a better time!!! I am 37 and I am in my second year of college for Fashion. I have been a cosmetologist for 16 years however, my dream is to be in the fashion industry also. The question about ten years from now gave me assurance that I am not giving up on my dreams..YOU ROCK!!!

  232. Ana

    Beautiful stories! I’m trying to get to the same point in my own life — that there really is no problem with age. Especially after the economic crisis, many boomer-aged people who lost their jobs remain unemployed today because they can’t get anyone to hire them. I had to work in a warehouse for 2 years because no one would hire me. Then, I got lucky and found something else I liked a lot — but it’s temporary with no benefits. Company doesn’t want to pay them for an older person.

    But I still love all your stories! I’m trying to get to that point, believe me! I am also starting my own online business, in addition to writing and … I also want my own YouTube channel and I want it to be successful. That one’s really stumping me because most successful YouTubers are very young and most are attractive.

  233. Stephanie P.

    First and foremost this site is awesome!!!

    I love the saying “you’re as old as you feel”. So even at 32 years old, I still feel like I can do it all. However, working as an occupational therapist assistant for about 6 years; has taken a toll on me and has left me feel bored and a bit unfulfilled. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy what I do but I can’t honestly say I feel passionate about it.

    After obtaining two degrees in the Health science field; I thought that by now I would be enrolled in a graduate OT program working towards my Masters but for some time, I’ve been having second thoughts. It just feels like I’m going thru the motions of it all, as appose towards what really makes me feel alive.

    I’ve always regretted not pursuing dance as a profession; leaving me wonder what if?? Granted I have a dance background but I’ve been out of the game for some time. And honestly the fact that I’m 32, sometimes makes me feel like that ship has sailed. However, the arts has always called to me and with the new year upon us, I’m feeling its time for a change, time to seize the moment but where do I start?

    Open to suggestions… help fellow bloggers.

    Happy New Year!!

    • Brenda

      Not sure when you posted this but did you ever start dancing again? I want to start to dance but have never been a dancer in the past. What kind of dance do you want to do? I think contemporary struck a chord w me first but want to learn as many different dance styles as I can. Someone told me to start a really good muscle workout to be able to sustain the different moves as well as do daily stretches to become flexible.

    • Brenda

      I am 32 as well btw 😉

  234. Derrick

    Unfortunately, many of us fall into the safety trap of mediocrity. I used to be self-employed, had a cool car, a place of my own, and a great girl. Now I work pay-check to pay-check, drive a car that barely runs, live with my Grandmother, and separated. So, at age 41, I am going back to college to get my Bachelor’s Degree. I still battle with myself every day when things seem pointless. But then I read Steve Job’s quote and repeat it to myself in a mirror; “if today were to be your last day to exist, would you do what you are going to do today?”

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  236. Brenda

    So I am definitely a late bloomer, always have been. Did not start driving until I was 21. I am 32 and just started school to be a PTA ( physical therapist assistant) I thought I would enjoy the job and steady money. I was the 3rd oldest person there and was totally freaked. The disapline to do the work and the actual work is hard work but Im doing it and am proud. Now I want to start to learn….to dance. I was thinking, contemporary, but want to learn all forms like ballet, salsa, etc. I know I will never be a proffessional dancer, 32 is considered elderly in the dance world. But I think that dance is one of the most beautiful outlets for ones soul and I want to be athletic,graceful, and fit. I am not sure my body is up for the challenge but will be working out my muscles to try and be the most efficient dancer I can be. Anyway, thanks for reading. Wish me luck 🙂

  237. Sometimes I feel same way that I am too old to be trying and failing, when my classmates have good jobs and careers… But when that moment passes I realizes that I am not meant to live in a corporate world, I am only 27 🙂 and I have so much time to keep trying to succeed in this life. I started my ecommerce business and I can’t wait to sign up to you B-School, Marie. I hope it will give me confidence to keep pursuing my dream to be successful and live location free lifestyle.

  238. Claudi

    i am 35 and i am writing a sitcom. i have no freakin’ idea if it is ever going to be on the air anywhere but youtube, but I don’t care…I am doing it and I already have a date for our first shoot. I feel extraordinary old for this and also I am going to play a part in it..the character is in her 20’s ..haha but whatever..I am so glad I finally took action (took me 10 years) and I am doing it! 🙂 your video was a great encouragement!!

  239. I am definitely a late bloomer and not ashamed. I received my BA in Child Studies at 42, just in time to get a full time teaching job to send my son off to college (that was the motivation that got me through). Then I had to earn a Master’s Degree in order to keep my certifications. Yep, just days before my 48th birthday, I earned my degree in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Now, I want to start a new career and I’m looking forward to finding out more about B-school.

  240. Tim

    I am 40 years old(41 in may) and I want to be a pro photographer. I have been messing with photography for a few years and love photographing portrait types that show a lot of expression and emotion. I DO think and wonder if I’m too old to become a photographer. I wonder if I’m too old to gather the know how and the experience to be successful. I’m a single father, don’t have a high paying job and just don’t know where to start! HELP!!!

    • Hey Tim,
      Don’t give up. My mantra is “It will come.” That is what I say in reference to getting whatever I NEED. Then I stop focusing on the lack and speak about how grateful I am for having whatever is necessary (notice I’m avoiding saying the word need again). Then somehow or other, it shows up. You don’t know nor do you have to know how the Universe will supply and provide you with everything for this new venture. You just have to trust that it will and it will. Let me know how it goes.
      Be well and Blessings to you.

  241. Rachel E

    I was meant to watch this today! I’ve been thinking of making a big leap, and just last night I was panicking with the thought of “I’m too old to start something new.” It is all going to be okay. Exhale.

  242. Hi everyone, I love following this thread and have been for quite some time. I just turned the big 5-0 yesterday and blogged about it. I invite you to check it out for inspiration 🙂 Find it here:

  243. Michael

    Ok guys…any words of encouragement for a guy at the ripe old age of 60 to jump into this. I see many 20, 30 and 40 year olds in the promotions. Is the image and age component crucial to success with your program? I graduate from the Nutritional Therapy Association program this June as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and realize I need good marketing skills as well. I currently work in the IT business, so, despite my age, am very tech savvy. I would rather know up front that my age would be a disadvantage than to spend the money and get no results. Thanks so much!

    • april

      Your age can be an advantage. I have a couple of friends who have become personal fitness trainers in their 50’s and 60’s. I myself am 57 and m trainer at the gym is 60+. I love it who better to understand the aches and pains of someone older. How is someone in their 20’s or 30’s going to relate to me talking about arthritis and/or joint pain. The same would be for nutrition. Our metabolism changes due to aging, menopause, diabetes, heart issues etc. If you specialize in such areas I can see you being quite successful.

  244. Age was an issue for me in the beginning when I decided to become a Certified Hoopnotica Instructor. But the more I began to love Hoop dancing the more I realized I had missed my calling and been given a second chance. A little background .. I was a Cosmetologist for 23 years, a preschool teacher for 3 and then I decided at 42 that if I started a College degree program now (this was back in 2009) I could have at least another 25 years to have some kind of retirement. So I began a program for my degree as an Elementary/Special Education teacher. Fast forward almost 5 years later and about 1 year away from finishing school… I began hooping…It changed me; all I want now is to hoop and teach people to hoop. So the teaching desire is still there, but the desired goal is different. I started my own hoop business selling hoops and offering classes to the community. I am currently in the process of starting a live streaming program and then possibly a course. I thought I was too old, but I am too old not to try doing what I love….

  245. I am so moved by this video; I am 46 years old and beginning a brand of my own-life coach, dance instructor, jewelry designer all wrapped up into one while writing a handbook to go alongside my coaching. It’s hard to muster the courage to put myself out there, but I am motivated and determined to push through my fear and start living the life of my dreams. Thank you for your encouragement and for sharing all your knowledge and experiences with others. It has helped me tremendously!
    Lori Beth Huff (Kehoe)

  246. Marie, I turn 62 next month and am leaving the corporate world to start my health coaching business. In fact, I’ve started it. It’s hard for me to think about my work as a corporate trainer, because I’m so excited about my own business. I spent 20 years in the Air Force before getting and starting a new career as a System Administrator at age 42, so I know there is no limit to age. The only limits are the ones we place on ourselves. Rock on Baby


  247. Lulu
    I encourage you – I am 63 and three-quarters and have just published m FIRST book – soooo exciting. Travelling with Tristan Teapot……It has been a dream for 40 years.
    Go for whatever you are led to do. All the best…barbi

  248. jan

    Well…60 is the new 30…. I believe Oprah said that, right?

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  251. Lesley

    I convinced myself for years that I was ‘too old’ to start fashion modeling. I felt too old at 24. Then I felt too old at 25. Eventually at 26 I couldn’t take it anymore and hit that exact same wall Marie did with the “am I going to regret this if I don’t do this” question, and my answer was a big fat yes. I figured nothing would come of it but I joined a modeling network and hoped I might be able to do a shoot or two for fun (or just show myself that it was a stupid idea and I was right all along to think I’d fail). Within a week I booked my first test shoot. Over the course of the next 2 years I built up a portfolio all on my own, still feeling nervous to approach any agencies. I eventually ended up winning a mall contest sponsored by Macy’s and was supposed to win a year contract as a prize but they rejected me because I was …wait for it… TOO OLD. (my nightmare was coming true! Or was it?) turns out that agency had a horrible reputation and I totally dodged a bullet. Instead of letting that deflate me, I felt all the more determined to just try. Just like when I first started on my own, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t try to approach the agency I had my eye on – the best in the area with the most competitive and professional reputation. I nervously went in with my portfolio, the prior agent’s words echoing in my head, and after a brief interview was immediately signed to a 2 year contract and I’ve been able to say that I’m a paid working fashion and commercial model ever since, now at 29! I had convinced myself I’d be up against 16 year olds and never make it, but every time I’ve felt that way I’ve pushed past it and proven to myself I can do it. Next big step facing the ‘will I regret this if I don’t try it’ wall – submitting to agencies in NY. I’m telling myself I’ll never make it, but I’m realizing these were the exact same things I was telling myself at 24, 25, and 26, and I can’t believe how things have turned out so far. I still catch myself saying I’m too old even now, but I’m trying to remember there are exceptions to every rule and it is possible to defy a stereotype in the fashion industry. Sometimes you just have to find another doorway to your goals. If you’re not 14 but you’re responsible and friendly to work with, that can go a very long way. It’s not about your age, it’s about who you ARE. <3 Best of luck to everyone fighting the inner voices about their ages! I'm not always all sunshine and rainbows with my attitude about it but it is showing me in concrete experiences in my life that I am giving myself a lot of crap without any evidence to support my negative predictions. : )

  252. Jeannette Ross

    Hey Everyone,
    I am 53 years old. I have sold real estate, owned my own retail store, and now I am going for a career in nursing! I feel a little afraid of being in class with so many young and talented people, but when I was young I did not have access to school, so now I am making up for it and living my dream! I have been accepted to a great bachelor of science in nursing program after working years on prerequisites, and hope to eventually work in the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders! Live your dream, no matter how old!!!

  253. lee

    Hi Marie , Thank you for a valuable reminder really ! We can only ever hold ourselves back because of the fear of the unknown …. Time for Me to step out of the boat …. and take some risks !!!

  254. Zharyn

    Hello there! I really need some advice or I should call motivation or encouraging words right now. I’m turning 34 next month and I really had a lot of frustrations just because I was scared or ashamed to do what I really want. Is it too late form me to continue my college and get a degree that I really love? I’m planning to be a working student. Do you think I can make it?

  255. I was meant to watch this today! I’ve been thinking of making a big leap, and just last night I was panicking with the thought of “I’m too old to start something new.” It is all going to be okay. Exhale.

  256. Hi Marie , Thank you for a valuable reminder really ! We can only ever hold ourselves back because of the fear of the unknown ..

  257. KoKo

    I am having that feeling that I am too old but I am a fighter and I believe that I will not go down without that last fight. I have been told repeatedly that I am too old– not in so many words but the wording that leads to that sentence. It is amazing that these younger folks do not realize that they will become older one day and perhaps someone will say the same to them. I was never that disrespectful to anyone when it came to the age factor. I was always respectful of others. This is the core of our problems today–too much focus on “Youth” and a total disregard for the folks who have traveled the path before and can give an insight to the young. It is so sad, but there is a saying and it goes like this–” The new broom sweeps clean, but the old one knows all the corners.” Oh about that one yearlings?

    Liberty –KoKo

  258. Vanju

    Hello Marie ,
    Nice topic especially for people like me feeling disoriented and indecisive.
    I am 31 having completed my bachelors degree. I am usually at home taking care of my kid and household. I keep the will power to work but ashamed as well insecure whether I can get into work at entry level? Do I have the skills as required now? If not , then willing to take a certification in software course to update myself but I can’t work as I stay in different country and law doesn’t allow me to work. So still 2 more years of sitting idle till I start working back at my home country.
    I also thought of taking singing lessons sitting home and involving myself in stage participation , since it’s been my dream and ver passionate since years. I am so much confused as to what do I do?? I am getting mad day by day…
    Completely lost as to what to and where to start at this age and where will it take me either technical job as a fresher or singing????
    I guess you are my last hope and need advise pure advice!!

  259. Loveforgarden

    Hi, much inspirational video! But i need help! Im 18 years old and havent even finished college but i really want to start garden designing as thats the thing that really interests me. I want to set an example through my passion. How should i start this? By my own backyard? Please Help. Xoxo

  260. Alex

    Wow, suddenly I feel young. Anyways I’m 16 but I feel too old to do anything. You see, I was so uninterested when I was 10 through 15 so I didn’t do anything but now I want to do anything. ugh

  261. paul

    I just turned 31 years old,
    I came all the way to Paris 2 years ago because I wanted to enroll in fashion school and still haven’t had the courage to do so because I’m always thinking I’m too old.
    Every single time I try to apply for the school, I just freeze up in fear that probably this is my last resort and that if it doesn’t work out then it will mean that I am totally worthless.
    This video inspired me! thanks for all the life sharing comments.
    very valuable

  262. Paula Sellers

    I love this topic! I have been wanting to go back to school and I have always felt “too old” and “not able to grasp the learning skills”. But recently, I have decided to quit putting myself down. There are many who do things later in life…but they have never regretted it. I pray that anyone who paralyzes themselves with this type of negative thinking will be able to overcome it in a power, positive way. Just do it! “It can’t hurt any more than it already does…!” and then “LIVE BLESSED – BECAUSE SOMEONE IS ALWAYS WATCHING!” Those are some of my quotes to myself!

  263. Lin

    Oh my gosh. I was so surprised to find this website. but here is my comment. Stay at home mom for 30 years. Had a big family. Went back to school at age 51 and earned my BSN at age 55. Graduated with highest honors and voted nursing student of the year. ( got divorced and both of my parents passed away while I was in nursing school) My oldest child is 36, my youngest is 14. I am starting a Master’s program in the fall in anatomy and physiology and I work in the hospital as an RN. I am soon to be 59. I quite honestly never thought about my age and returning to school. My parents never talked about being “old”. My dad went white water rafting down the Colorado river at age 68 and in a glider for his 73rd birthday. I figure that since I do not know at what age I will die, perhaps I will live another 45 years. Why in the world would I not do what I want to do? If I die sooner, so what. It is so wonderful to inspire others. I took care of a patient the other day in the hospital. He had some minor surgery and did not have any health problems really. He is a surgeon and had performed surgery the previous day. He is 79 years old and is a vegan. Remarkable.One more thing. My mom and dad bought another home when my dad was almost 70 years old. The loan officer assumed that my dad would want a short term loan due to his age. My father said, ” Well, let’s be optimistic and take out a 30 year loan.”

  264. Kristal

    I needed to watch this. For various reasons over the years-mainly so others can achieve their dreams or to care for someone who became sick- my plans have been put on the back burner. Now I’m 46 and scared that too much time has passed to fulfill my dream to become an environmental scientist. When I think about being over 50 when I finish school I wonder how absurd and selfish my ambitions are; however, I’m childless and married to a very supportive man so I think I will go for it! Thank you for the article.

    • Kristal

      If you would regret not trying…and it sounds like you might, then you owe it to yourself and those you love to do it…and be the most fulfilled and happy person you can be. Talk it through and if it seems even remotely right – do it!

  265. Hi

    I an from London. When I was 38 I decided to bite the bullet and study guitar in LA. My flat mate was 21! We got on great. In fact everyone on my course was fantastic and age really wasn’t much of an issue (except in my head from time to time). When I got back to the UK I decided to see if I could get into Uni to do a music degree. I was accepted on the spot and graduated aged 42. I came away with a first. Not because im so clever but because I was a bit older I was clear about what I wanted from the course and I worked hard. I’m now 44 and am considering a Masters.

    For some of the time whilst I was studying I decided to work at an Apple Store. There is no finer place to meet inspiring people – my work colleagues were great…. But I recall teaching some software to a totally inspiring lady of 78. It was her first computer. She told me she was learning to play the harp. She’d started to learn aged 76. Then the best comment of all…she said ‘next I’m going to learn the Clarinet.’ I decided right then and there – I wanted my outlook to be like hers. You can make things happen…you just have to want to enough.

  266. Brittany Thomas

    When I was 15, I decided I wanted to play guitar and sing. But my father looked at me like I had lost my mind and said, “You’re dreaming. get your head out of the clouds. come back down to earth.” Later he told me to sing something. So I sang an old song from 1960 called Please Don’t Eat The Daisies and he promptly told me I wasn’t doing it right! He told me to sing up (way above my voice’s capabilities) and he demonstrated. He was really straining! Later, he told me I never even sang for him so he didn’t know if I could sing! Along the way, 10 other people said things like ‘You’re never gonna make it’, It’s a million to one shot’, ‘Maybe you’d better do something else’, ‘You have to totally different and unique from anyone else’, and when I started to show another semi-guitar player what I had learned, he said, ‘Let’s watch the movie now.’ One of these ten, a guy, even laughed at me so hard! Then he preceded to show me how to sing by going ‘ohhhhhhhhhwohhohhhh!’ For your information, I happened to have 4 uncles who played guitar and fiddle! So I had a lot to live up to! Now I’m 42 and wondering if it is too late for me to do this music thing that I still love so much! Music is my life, and I’ll love it forever!

  267. Deb

    I started my company at 40. It’s been 10 years now and growing, ready to soar higher with Marie’s B School. I am a teacher, energy medicine practitioner, speaker, writer/blogger, and creator of SoulConnection Wellness. I’ve dedicated my life to helping women in midlife re-ignite their passion, discover their authenticity and share their light with the world. We’ve created a series of SoulConnection Wellness eCourses, eBooks, webinars and workshops to support clients while on their journey. It’s never to late ladies, I have coached hundreds of awesomely amazing women in midlife who are out there doing their thing. As Marie said “Age insecurity is a stubborn mental block that prevents many would-be superstars from achieving massive success.” We can help you tap out those blocks and support you on your journey to overall life success.

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  269. Roxanne

    I’ve struggled with the *am I too old at 57 * feeling, but only in as far as I need to consider the money it would take to invest in training. Would those funds reap a better return on my investment if put towards my daughter’s continued education? She has more years to earn back. — So I wouldn’t call it fear of being too old, but there are age related issues I need to consider as I move forward. Another is *how my family responsibilities shift with age*. For example: My daughter’s are now older but there is a deep sense of connection and loyalty I share with the elders in my family. I then have to weigh the division of attention against the time demands it takes to start a business.
    None of this will STOP me but they really are all very important factors to consider when determining HOW to manifest the best plan that meets all personal requirements/responsibilities. What I LOVE will never compete with WHO I love. So I want to make sure I use my limited time and funds wisely.
    I also think it’s important to keep an open mind about what works and what doesn’t work. Let your vision shift according to new data. In other words follow your heart but don’t shove your brain into a closet…..unless of course it’s stalking you with stinkin thinking. Once you have a reasonable plan that MAY have to include hiring outsiders to sit with an aging mom or child GO FOR IT. JUST GO FOR IT.
    Good luck to all.

  270. Boy, I am shaking in my tennis shoes from the fear and excitement of all the realized goals I see here. Had to stop about half way, couldn’t take the excitement.
    Age 68. Trying to start an online business in sales. I applaud all of you energetic people for knowing what you want to do and getting the training.
    I have been taking care of a family for more years than I want to count, always putting my dreams and ambitions aside for the sake of everyone else. Many times there were serious time limitations as well as monetary. Now, not sure which of those cast aside dreams to pursue, it is clear that I must earn the funds and better my health before I begin to step out in to any of them.
    HOWEVER I am starting slowly (its called bootstrapping when you do not have capital to invest ) with online sales and GOOGLING (Marie) when my lack of training knowledge tries to block me.
    It is possibly the most frightening thing I have attempted in my life. I get those bouts of “who the heck am I to be doing this?” but after a brief pity party I jump in again.
    Does anyone, anyone have any suggestions to make my road a little less steep? I am determined not to give up until I cannot operate a mouse and keyboard.
    And Another Hooray to all you mature people for not giving up on your goals. May the universe instill that in my grown children.

    • Robyn

      Good for you! Just keep on going with what you have started. One step at a time.

  271. Barb

    I really liked your article and it gave me some inspiration. I have been a teacher for 36 years and am trying to create a small business with an idea for children and yoga. I am in a stalemate at the moment but reading the comments have given me inspiration! I am 61 years young and am reinventing myself.

  272. Carissa

    Whenever I start to think I am too old, past my prime or whatever my brain and gremlins will have me believe… I watch this.
    Because if you can.

  273. C

    I learned about being too old for certain professions from attending a Career One Stop job service orientation through my home State of NJ. Stated plainly, based on age and cost effectiveness of education. No big deal. Kills the dream though…

  274. Joy Manoleros

    24?!?! Really? You have the world at your feet, girly!
    I graduated from college (finally) at 48, and just turned 50.
    And I’m faced with how in the world to do what I want to be doing in a world dominated by 24 year old graduates.

    Hard hard hard!!!

  275. Patti

    I have recently had a dream to become a professional ballerina. However, I still have to start from scratch, which I hope to do either this year or next year. I will be turning 30 soon and know that it will very difficult. People even tell me that it is completely impossible to have a career in ballet when I am starting at this age. People on a Yahoo! forum were extremely discouraging, saying that there is no way that I could have a career in it if I am starting this late. One nasty woman who claims to be an expert was very forceful and frowned upon encouragement for me, leaving refuting comments against those who gave me encouragement and telling me that giving her or the discouraging others a thumb’s down would not change what would happen. When I chose an encouraging answer as the best answer, again the commenters frowned upon it. However, I still believe that that is the right approach, giving thumbs down online to those that discourage and say it is impossible, even if they are the experts, and choosing an encouraging answer as the best answer is best as it will give me some hope to keep looking back on. I will be starting ballet classes at a very prestigious ballet school as soon as possible and take it from there! I still believe that it is possible for me to become a professional ballerina.
    Please leave your feedback. Thanks!

    • Patti

      It would be good if I got realistic feedback from people in the expertise of ballet. Do not get me wrong. I would like to be realistic and dreamy at the same time. I would like to know how to get there by realistically visualizing the path towards professional ballet. Thanks!

  276. Patti

    I also want to write that I am one person that believes that anything is possible and have an ambitious, determined, inspired, and intelligent nature. However, I am lacking motivation and confidence, which are too very integral factors of achieving my dreams. Translation: I will set an ambitious goal for myself and be inspired that I can achieve it. However, I lack confidence in myself and maybe because of that, I do not put in the efforts and energies to get there. I have a lazy nature.
    Can you please leave some advice for me? Thank you very much!

    • Natalie

      Hi Patti – I think laziness is part of my problem too. I have just decided to ask an acquaintance to help promote me. She is not a “close” friend (because it could get too personal) but someone who I believe has the skills to do what I need. I will offer to pay her a percentage of my fees for a certain period of time. Could this work for you?

      • Natalie

        Sorry Patti – I didn’t read your original comment. However, I still think that it could be good to see if you can identify someone who could be like a personal trainer – except psychologically rather than physically, someone who will call you & check up on how you are progressing with your goals. Maybe tell you off a bit???

  277. erin

    This is an awesome site. I am, turning 33 next week. I am ending one chapter and starting another. Education comes at a HIGH price, and is most of the time the reason I am not where I want to be right now. I hate to say it but money runs the world in that respect.
    Okay,. aside from that negative note, I have a great opportunity and I am taking it to take part in a comp. pilates teacher training program, that will once I am finished in a year, so long as I make it by without a full time job and making the adjustments I need to to truly focus my energy on the training, it will set me up to be a well rounded, skilled, knowledgable pilates professional. I AM PSYCHED!
    BUT. how do I complete the rest of the things I am so passionate about when it is a $$ issue. I also want to become SUP certified, and along with the Pilates training, work as a professional who teaches people in classes in both of these areas, runs retreats and events, and I also want to race (SUP race).
    My Q is how can I make this happen in these professions as I age. These are physically demading and people tend to like physical appearance in these areas for work, or for fun, and I will lose that as I age more and more. I also want to be the best I can be in these areas, and I don’t know what to do for work ont he side that I can make a lot of $$ at while in training now, to save $$ for the other trainings, so I can really have it all together, or complete, and starting within 2 years. I will be 35 ;// and things will start falling and I will look less appealing and I just don’t know what else to do…these jobs is what I visualize.
    Aside from the fact that money is an issue, I don’t want to think about all of this anymore.
    I haven’t had kids yet either, and if I do, that is sure to ruin my career, once I get it going in these chosen fields, bc my body will change so much.
    Anyway, there is a lot here, and a lot to address. It can be overwhelming for sure. I REALLY appreciate anything that people share. Relateting, insights, etc, will help now matter what! THANK you and best of luck to ya’ll!

  278. Pauleshia Davis

    I am 25 years old and I would love to work in a Fashion PR but I am worried that I am too old. I would be starting over in college and by the time I graduate I will more than likely be 28 or 29 years old. I know being in fashion, they are always looking for someone who is fresh and young and with me being that old, I wonder if they would just overlook me for the new 21 year old that just graduated at the same time as me. I really should be more positive but I just wonder if I should stick with a career that is safe or go for this dream job and one day pray to work for PeopleStyleWatch or Elle or Cosmo or *sighs* VOGUE!!!

  279. Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote Cien Años de Soledad when he was 40! 🙂

  280. Patricia

    You are never to old. At the age of 46 I went back to school and started a
    dance certificate program at my local community college. It took me two years part-time to complete the program. I am a registered nurse by profession and I am thinking of completing a BA in dance.

  281. Peggy

    Hi I am 49 years young! I have recently been laid off from my job as a Medical Assistant. I have always been active and in the past have had certifications in fitness. I love people and fitness! Instead of being full of doom and gloom I have decided to take my passion and pursue a career out of it! I have had an incredible opportunity to partner with someone that approached me. I was told that I just looked like I had what it took to make a successful business model and do what I loved to do! That’s right we are opening a facility for wellness, fitness and nutrition! and I am super stoked!! Sure some people may look at my age and say what?? But I say age is only a number…Its a state of mind…I feel 25 whoohoo!! Never ever say your too old!!!

  282. Natalie

    I am 61. In my 20s & 30s, I did a lot of singing on a part-time basis, both as a soloist & in a group. But then fulltime work took over so I only sang every now & again. About 5 years ago, I decided to start exploring singing jazz. I was conscious that there was no way I could sing Beyonce (!) and also thought an older woman singing really contemporary stuff looked a bit sad (unless you’re JLo or Cher). I am finally free to start a singing career in gentle jazz & swing for cafes, conference etc. I know I’m good – but I am paralysed by my looks. Even though I look younger than 61, I’m conscious of my drooping jowls & increasing double-chin, bags under my eyes. Can’t afford a face-lift. How do I get past this? We all know that people like to look at someone who is “hot”. Any suggestions?

  283. Wow! Just discovered you site and amazing videos today.(10/16/14)

    I am 75 years old. At the age of 71, after a couple of years worrying about getting old, I decided to do something about it. I moved to Vietnam and I tutor mostly young university students how to develop their listening and conversational skills in English.

    I am having a super great time in my senior years. Life is good!


  284. Sue

    I am 48, and this year decided to finally start my Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Science. It will take me 4 years part time, online, whilst I am working full time. I have nearly finished my first term, and am absolutely loving it. This is how I discovered you. One of my activities was to watch your video on Networking. You are a very inspirational woman, and I have signed up to your newsletter.

  285. Elizabeth Medina

    I’am I be turning 34 years old. My dreams are become a christian singer and a song writer and have other write another song writers. I like to be the next Jaci Velasquez and ZoeGirls. I hope someone can teach me how to sing better and for me to get better and relax for me to not get afraid of singing front of people and I would like to dance and have person show me how to dance. I listen to alot of different artists and I hope that someone can help me a lot of ways to make that happen and I like to move to another state and build my dream home. help me complete my GED.

  286. Ariana

    If I could have given all of you a “thumbs up” icon I would have! So inspiring!
    I am 44 and enrolled in college for dental hygiene starting next month! I’ve been wanting to go back to school for the last 10 + years and I have been told I don’t need schooling to succeed in life. I can go back and smack my 35 year old self for actually listening to all those negative people!
    Honestly though, I needed that time to learn about life and I’m grateful for all of them for making me the stronger person that I am today!
    After I graduate, I’m planning on volunteering my time and serving the less fortunate all over the world!

  287. amelia


    I have watched this episode several times and I still get something from the advice. I am 28 years old and I live in France. I had pursued a music career in Austin for three years and became overwhelmed. Honestly, I got scared and gave up. Now I live in France and I have the opportunity to study jazz singing at a very low cost. Why would I say no? I will have to audition and work really hard but I think it will really get me back into the music mindset that I gave up on and love.

    Life is so wonderful in the way that it changes. I just went through a very difficult experience that led me to this new opportunity. I really want to make it happen because it will further my understanding of myself and my soul.

    I am afraid that it is too late at 28 to start a three year music training program. I am afraid that I won’t be accepted. But I am also afraid that it will the too good to be true. If I am accepted and I get to study jazz in France, what could I do with that? Afterwards there will be several more exciting roads that I must take and that is scary but I am open and ready for it.

    I would like to thank the universe for all of the steps it has led me through. I feel so blessed to have encountered challenges and see new growth and learning opportunities. I would like to ask the universe to continue to gently lead me in my path and help me to stay true to myself and my intuition.

    And, THANK YOU Marie! I know you’re on Christmas break right now so I hope you’re enjoying lots of fun times with your family. Your insight and love for the world is inspiring.


  288. I don’t think I actually ever had an ‘i’m too old too start’ moment, for me it was more of ‘i’m too young’? It was a matter of putting things off ‘until I WAS older’!!

    Now I am ‘older’ (35, yet not old), and am just now leaving all that ageism BS behind and just doing IT!!! Do I wish I had started when I was younger? YES, but I don’t boggle my life down w/ regret of that. As I’ve been witness to time and time again: ‘…the path becomes clear when the timing is right!’

  289. Liz Jamieson

    Oh Marie
    I could write a book in response to this and other of your media I have been watching since joining up but I will keep it short, becuase I’m sure somewhere in your archives will be “stay on track … do not get distracted from your goal!!!!!!!” And this is where I’m trying SOOOOOOOOOO hard to “be”. I am very easily distracted by things that are not “hard” – yes I bet you’ve written / produced something on that one! I’ve done a lot of successful things in my life, and I can sit down and acknowledge them all, including raising my 2 adult children to the best of my ability throughout with all my heart and soul, completing 2 university degrees (humanities, creative & business), owner operating a professional practice with my daughter’s father, redefining myself after my family split by developing 2 small (and I think insignificant at times because my passion is not there and I’ve never promoted them with any gusto!) businesses to put food on the table. I have not done what my heart most desired when I found myself on my own at age 45 but made the best of a situation in which I was “landed” (really I did choose) by developing these task oriented business which I’ve done on and off for the past 15 years while telling myself that my creative talents aren’t “good enough” to make me $$ immediately as does the other work I do, which I don’t love. I love the people, I love the satisfaction I give them for a job well done, I love the “paper energy” I get which provides me with the funds to fuel my passion (my art), but I’m sooooooooo busy doing all the other “necessary” daily grind that what I really, truely want for myself and my soul, is constantly bubbling away on the “back burner” without ever coming to the fore. Hence, I am getting older! I don’t necessarilly “feel” older, I just know that one day I may not have “it” to reach my goal. It’s funny, I listen to others, advise and support them just the way I would like to be advised and supported, but I have trouble “doing” … taking the baby steps I know I must take (becuase I’m artistically-rusty) to get back on the wagon. I suspect there’s a very deep seated fear of “not being good enough” because that resonates with me, and yes I was told that a lot during one point in my life – and I believed it until I too the necessary steps to move on – that was enormous for me. The process I’m taking at this very moment now is to allocate myself a specific space for all the things I do, keeping everything separate so I can take myself off to wherever I want to be and “feel” the energy I most benefit from in that particular space to promote my desires and accommodate the task / desire at hand, be it work or practice. Concurrently, I FOUND YOU!!!!!!!!! And I am never going to let you go!!!!!!!!!!!! I do have a passion, I am worthy of fullfilling my dream, and I can surround myself with people, situations and instruments that will aid me to live the life and dreams I have for myself. I really do thank you for contributing to that, and I’m already perceiving ways of how I will include you in my daily regime to keep the messages alive that I CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!! You are an inspiration you sweet angel of positive messages. Thank you Marie and thank you universe for crossing our paths.
    Lots of love and all the very best in continuing your amazing work. I hope there are a million other women out there just like me who know in their hearts that they do deserve and do have the inner capacity to attain that not only without sacrificing relationships, but damnwell getting those around us on board! I want to be that positive influence (by example) in my own 31year-old-daughter’s life that says “You can do anything you want to do and I will be strong enough to support you all the way and SHOW YOU how to do it too!
    Absolutely loooooooove your relaxed, down to earth approach too.
    X Liz

  290. anya nicole burnett

    Not sure if I’m a late boomer and just a woman that played it safe. In any regards, I’ve never used the phrase ‘I’m too old’. It was more like ‘Damn, I’ve got to play catch-up because all of my peers are established professionally’. So, with that, I’m slowing but surely finding my niche/passion/my God given talent to share with the world.

    Again, MF, YOU ROCK!

    Anya N. Burnett

  291. I’m a late bloomer and someone who wants to smack my younger self. I’m 27 years old and finally decided it’s time that I listened to the voice that’s been inside my head my entire life, prompting me to draw & design clothes. In the next few weeks, I will be starting a new chapter as a Fashion Design student.

    For basically the first half of my life, I realized I was doing things for other people and not necessarily for myself. I ignored my own interests to follow others’ and it only left me unsuccessful, irritated, and depressed.

    I loved this video because for a while, I thought I was “too old” too. But you know what, I rather start my dream late in life than never. Thank you for the encouragement!

    Stella Marie

  292. Brian

    At 41, I got accepted to a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at a respected university, and while working a full time job, three years later, I graduated at 44 with a GPA of 3.97 (one darn A-).

    This whole experience was a lesson in believing in myself and that my age didn’t matter. I enjoyed learning with and from the younger people in class, and I’d like to think I brought a different perspective to the conversation based on where I was in life.

    Love all of the encouragement and inspiration here – great site!

  293. Hi Marie,

    Thanks so much, I will be 57 in November, and I still have not reach or touch my life in the way I want… and I keep saying I am too old… so I keep putting it off… and now I am old…money always stops me, or me stopping me, I do not know… I make so much mistake.. anyway let me stop the crying…
    Thanks for that message it was right on, we can start at any time, just have courage and drop the fear… hope I can follow this!

    Have a great day!


    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Hillary, thank you SO much for your sweet note. It’s never too late to get started, and we’re sending you tons of best wishes for following your dreams!

  294. Lorri

    Hello I found that questions to be so very silly I am 55 years old and I am now starting my design business I am happy for a lot of reason I have a lot of knowledge from living up to this age I am the one who feels a lack of confidences but I watch a lot of Marie TV and others who are helping me to get over this.

  295. A B

    I just found this site and am so incredibly happy that I did.

    I, like the asker in the video, am in my mid-20s, and live with the constant is-it-too-late?-question hanging over me like this suffocating dark cloud. I’m still struggling to identify what my passion is, exactly, even though there are plenty of things that I love to do. I’m starting to realize, however, that maybe it isn’t that I don’t have the answer to that question, but that I’m stuck in this “analysis paralysis,” not wanting to move forward and pursue something until I have the most perfect destination + path to get there as I can find.

    I think about this topic constantly. It eats away at me, stresses me out and sends my mind into very dark places that take a while for me to climb back out of. I feel like there’s this ticking clock over my head and with every blind, stagnant moment that I stay caught in this cycle, I’m running out of time…

    A big part of it comes down to insecurity. I hate to admit that, but deep down I know it’s the truth. Something I’ve privately dreamed of having a career in, and keep coming back to when my other interests fade away, is acting– yet the only steps I’ve ever really “officially” taken towards it was an acting class in college. I think it’s for me, then I think, no, it’s not for me, there’s something more perfect out there… Stronger than all those excuses, though, is the fear that I wouldn’t succeed at it. I’m not beautiful enough, not in-your-face enough, not tough enough to make it in the harsh, artificial, image-obsessed world of Hollywood (that also brings up the question of if I would even want to .. ?).

    I love singing, and I used to love to write, but again, I fear(ed) that I don’t have the discipline, drive, talent or charisma to every truly make it. I hate that this fear is what’s held me back for so much of my life, but I have to acknowledge it and to see it for what it really is.

    I used to be very shy when I was younger and very insecure, and I have come a long way since then, but it’s still not enough. I’m afraid it might never be enough, but I have to keep trying…

    Watching this video and reading all of the awesome stories on here has definitely filled me back up with a sense of hope and inspiration, so thank you SO MUCH to everyone who’s shared. (:

    Best of luck to all of you and I truly hope that all of you go out there and make your dreams come true! And to those of you who’re already living those dreams, keep on rocking it (;

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      A B, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. We’re so glad that you found us, and that you’re feeling a renewed sense of hope and inspiration. 🙂

      I know “analysis paralysis” is something so many of us run into, and one thing that can help kick that to the curb is just getting started and taking action, even if it’s not 100% perfect, or even if you’re not sure what exactly you want to do just yet.

      I thought I might pass along one of my favorite MarieTV episodes on this topic:

      As Marie shares in that episode, she didn’t have a fully fleshed-out idea of what her business would ultimately look like when she first got started, she just jumped in and took action and evolved from there.

      As someone with a ton of passions myself, I’ve often come up against the trouble of not having a clear vision for the future too — but that doesn’t have to keep you from getting started and exploring! Having some fun and playing with your ideas and passions is such a great way to get started.

      I hope that helps inspire some ideas for you, and you’re always welcome to stop by our archives, or check out our new episodes every Tuesday for inspiration and nuggets of wisdom!

  296. Sanne

    Hello Marie,
    Thank you for this page and your video.
    I became a Computer Programmer, when I was 47 years old. After that I found my passion is Fashion Design. I studied Fashion Design for 2 years, almost finished the Associates degree, but then dropped out because I moved away and got scared of the high student loans. Because I have a lot of debts, I went back into Computer Programming. I’m 60 now, trying to find a way to get started as Fashion Designer. An entry level job at this point wouldn’t pay enough to keep making my payments on credit card debts and student loans, which I want to pay off before retiring age, so I’m still working as a Progammer. By the way, dancing is my first love. After finding your site, I immediately thought about how I can start with my own line. So I have a lot of to-do’s now, the challenge still is finding enough time. So it’s back to dancing first, so I can have more energy and not get tired so easily.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Hi Sanne! It sounds like you’re doing some great work toward your dreams. I love your point about getting back to dancing to keep your energy level high — we love doing little dance breaks over here too and it helps a ton.

      We’re so glad you came across this MarieTV episode, and feel free to explore our archives for more great tips to help support your business and life 🙂

  297. Mimi Black

    Smack myself… OH MY GOSH about a hundred of them.
    How about this one: Paul Leka, the songwriter (Na Na, Hey Hey, Goodbye) (RIP) wanted to produce and manage me when I was 30 years old (I’m a vocalist/songwriter… you’ve never heard of me, right? Yeah cuz I bowed out, I thought I was past my prime.) He was confused… I thought he just didn’t get it because he was so much “older” at the time, about 50… brilliant move!
    Great post!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Mimi, your story gets me right in the gut! I’m a musician by night, so I know exactly where you’re coming from and I might have done the same thing myself.

      Whenever I feel like I’m too “old” to do whatever it is that I’m doing, I always like to remind myself that in 10 years (or however many), we’ll be looking back at ourselves and thinking how young we were! Not to mention there are some serious benefits to the wisdom and knowledge we gain as we get older.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and watching 🙂

  298. Patrick McCarthy

    In my early 20’s I won numerous singing contests and recorded a few records that played on a few stations. I was constantly told by teachers, friends and band members to expect to take off. However, I was sidetracked (no drugs or law involved) and now at 55, I regret what might have been. My voice is perhaps better but I realize what a shame to not realize my potential. I’m like the movie the Natural except I didn’t try again.
    I realize how people will see me as a has been that never was. To state what I was recently told. “You had a gift and you threw it away.” wow sharp words but how true.

  299. Bridget

    I am 53 and am in college now “trying” to get my first two year degree, and the way it’s looking with this algebra I may have to give this dream up. I’ve always wanted to go to college, but never had anyone to push me, so I pushed myself…HERE I AM ! Stuck! I WANT MY BACHELORS DEGREE! Or perhaps I’m foolish enough to pursue a my age? Oh I would LOVE that. I will admit college is no joke and I do struggle for my grades, but I’m just losing my “umph/drive/passion/desire” to go any further.

  300. This video is so what I needed Im 31 yrs old and regretted leaving London 10yrs ago when I started pursuing my fashion degree because the school I attended had problems with there accreditation I left, because I didnt know if I had it in me to get accepted into another fashion design University and came back to NYC and have retreated ever since now I might have the opportunity to go back and didn’t know if I had it in me to invest another 2 to 4 yrs because of my age and after watching this Im like hellllllll yeah I do….. I want this I really really want this all weak Ive been procrastinating telling myself Im crazy for attempting to go thru a whole loan process and what not but its been 10 yrs and I haven’t let it go its time to make my dreams come true I don’t know who you are I just know your awesome and so helpful…. blessssss you 🙂

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      So happy this video was helpful to you. Good luck with the loan process — I can tell going back to school is something you really want to do and I hope it’s an incredible experience for you!

      • Ahh thanks a lot I do feel my insecurities are trying to get he best of me but I won’t let them win….. I love fashion I love music and will find my way to make it happen….. thanks for your kind words….

      • Awwwhh thanks a lot I do feel my insecurities are trying to get he best of me but I won’t let them win….. I love fashion I love music and will find my way to make it happen….. thanks for your kind words….

  301. Neha

    I am a 14 yr old
    And I love to dance
    I have never went to a dance class
    Just stuff from the Internet
    I love to move and jump around. I’m okay. But since I never went to anything as a kid and everyone I search up seems to have started dancing since 3 or 5 is it too late, to become a professional. ??
    I want to learn more. Not just some dance videos of the Internet
    I’m scared that if I join a dance group they will all know loads of techniques and will be much better than me and that I’ll be made a laughing stock.
    Help please!!
    Is it too late??. This is what I want to do for life. Will I ever be good. ?Is just a passion for moving around and dancing good enough. I can’t blame my parents for not making me join anything while I was younger.

    I know this is not something serious like the other cases here on this website
    But it means a lot to me

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Neva it is NEVER too late! Never ever ever. You’re doing something incredible by training yourself, and joining a dance group can only expand what you’ve already learned. I know it might feel scary, but I’m sure there will be other people in the class who are in the exact same place as you. Have you seen Marie’s interview with Liz Gilbert? It’s a long one but I think the message will really help you with this fear too!

  302. Kaia

    Also there’s the dream killer people who tell you you’ll never make it doing what you love and you’ll never make it in that industry because too many other people are in that industry and those comments from other people are really dream obliterating. But they’re only saying that because they’ve failed at everything they tried tondo and they want you to fail too.

  303. Paul Michaud

    Always thought and still do about me being too old to go on the road as a guitarist. I have done it in the past and then started a family which music could not provide for. I still have the fire in my stomach every time I see a tour bus in Nashville where Iive and work as a Department head for a construction company. I”LIKE” my job but, I don’t have a passion for it.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      As someone who has followed my own musical and creative passions too, I SO hear you Paul — both on the challenges of following our creative passions and feeling that fire … and feeling too old for things. Which usually isn’t true!

      Ignoring our passions can create pain in our lives, and sometimes that fire is telling us something. That doesn’t mean we have to give up our entire lives or quit our jobs either, but when that tug of creativity is there, it can be wonderful to explore that and see where it goes.

      There are so many creative people out there who hold “regular” jobs they might not love, but it gives them the means to create in their spare time. It might be worth playing with that idea and seeing if there are ways you can capture some of that fire at least a little bit and see where it goes.

      As a great complement to this episode, definitely check out our amazing episode with Elizabeth Gilbert for more on creativity and following our passions:

      Thank you so much for tuning in!

  304. tracy schmitz

    it REALLY MATTERS on a few basic but powerful truths…

    the 1st truth (as i see it) depends on WHAT career you want.. for instance if your a 50 year old man or woman no one is going to hire you for example to be a sportscaster for espn or professional sports.. especially if your 50 and your just beginning! by the time you have ‘experience” you’ll be really “too old”…. at 50 you would be too old for “lesser” broadcasting goals like say sports anchor at your city news program as well, because the reality is “are they going to hire some pretty girl or handsome young guy out of college for no pay in nowhere, montana (remember your starting out!) or some 50 year old man or woman?.. anything media related and in front of the camera is HUGELY age discriminatory!..

    the 2nd point is: how much are YOU the person in charge? to coincide with what career you want to do as your are now can work as hard as possible and do all that’s necessary to get hired, but UNLESS you can convince the hiring managers you know the ones who have the power and the ones who do the hiring, they should hire you over some 20 something they can treat like dirt, not pay as much,and so on. well there is your problem everyone… good luck, sorry to be a downer, but there is also such a thing as REALITY…

    • Laila

      I am 64 and my fashion is needle work of all kinds,I bought a small shop that will be ready in a month,l make cross stitch kits to sell,these kits that contain fabric and threads,instruction and all.l bought lots of Dmc threads and toile Aida to sell them at my shop,the problem that I am afraid to start,no body is doing needle craft anymore,i already spent money and I will put more to start the job,I don’t know does it worst it in my age or drop the whole crazy idea?

      • Mandy - Team Forleo

        As Marie said in the video, we believe you’re never too old to do what you love. I’m not sure where you are in the world, but from what I’ve seen, needle work is making a comeback in the crafts scene. I’m 25 and I have several friends who have started doing it recently. They’re even making their own designs to fit their interests (Harry Potter, Dr. Who, etc.). I don’t think the craft is going away, but the aesthetic around it may be evolving. It’s awesome that you’re leading the charge—I bet there are a lot of people who would love to learn from your expertise!

        • Laila

          Hi Mandy,I live in Egypt,my mother is French and I learned all from her,my father is Egyptian,they met and got married while he was studying in France.
          In Egypt like in France,this needle work decrease year after year but I love it ?I will give it a try and see,if it doesn’t work I will just close.
          Better do it than being coward ?

  305. Patrice

    Thanks for posting that video!! I am 68, training to be a life coach/mentor to work with women who are in or have left abusive relationships!
    Life experience is one of the best “schools”. 😀

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      So true! I’m really happy you’re following your dreams and helping others with your wisdom. Keep up the great work!

  306. I have reinvented myself at least 5 times. But most recently, I have finally found my true passion, my true love and what I know I was meant to do. I’m an artist. And I found the best art for me – painting and hand-staining wood with gorgeous colorful stains. This has rocked my world like nothing else and it did it when I reached 61 years young. You are never too old. It is never too late. And at 24??? Just a babe in the woods with endless possibilities. My ex-husband once told me I was too old to learn to surf at age 27. I listened to him and didn’t try. I still regret that. I wish I would have learned to surf!! Maybe at 62??? You just never know!!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love it! You can never be too old to do what you love because your interests are always evolving. If people were meant to do the same things forever, they’d never become interested in new things. I’m so glad you found a passion for painting and staining wood—that’s awesome! And we’ve got our fingers crossed that you’ll catch some waves soon too. 🙂

  307. Tgharper

    Fear of failure, fear no one will want to hire a designer who is in their 50s!
    When I do art shows I generate a pretty good crowd even have lines to get in at times.
    What concerns me are the surprised faces I get from the younger crowd when they ask…. Who makes this stuff?….jewelry!
    I always stand by or blend in , to listen to the comments from customers so I know what they like and don’t like and the younger crowd 20s always say the same thing…. Omg I love this … Who makes this stuff? When I announce that ,I do they all have the same loook of shock on their face?!
    I ask myself , am I really that old?
    I go home wondering why I keep doing this.
    Self taught and still asking myself why?

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you for sharing, Tgharper. The fear of being too old is definitely a big one, and I know you’re not alone there. That being said, it sounds like you’re doing something you enjoy and seeing some great results at the art shows, so that’s wonderful.

      While I was reading your note, one thing that popped to mind is that one approach could be to have a little fun with it. So if people look surprised when you say that you create you’re jewelry or say something, you could respond with something cheeky or playful, like “Right? My inner 20-year-old makes these” or, “well, it takes years of practice to create stuff this awesome” or even just “Yeah, I make these — cool right?” with a warm, friendly smile.

      That might not fit your personality or your brand, but I thought I might pass that along in case it sparks any ideas for you.

      Regarding your why, that’s such an important thing to keep in mind, and of course if it’s not serving your goals, you can always try something new. However, if you love what you do, don’t let age trip you up — there’s no timeline or limit on joy and creating things we love. Those things last a lifetime!

  308. Aly

    Hi. This video definitely struck a chord with me. I have always wanted to pursue music and acting but have always been too afraid to do it. I really loved hearing the stories of different people who were able to pursue their dream/goals at an older age. That question that really resonated with me was the last question about how would I feel in 10 years had I not done it. I’m 22 so that would 32. Anyways thanks for the video.

  309. Judy K

    Wow…love all the great sharing happening here 😀
    I rememeber reading a quote “age is largely a matter of mind….if you dont mind, it doesnt matter”.
    Hugs to all you amazing people

  310. Andrea

    OK – So I am REALLY struggling with this whole do I pursue it or not thing? I REALLY believe I am being led into this direction- but have often been fooled by my not-so-filtered ambitions.

    I am 53 years old- a highly successful private high-school teacher- (Mathematics- Upper level). I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, and LOVE Math. I have always been extremely good at it; but even better at explaining it. However, the clock has been ticking away on my age, and my dreams, I fear. I have spent the last 25 years UN-REGRETFULLY raising our two children. My oldest is about (in May) to graduate from law school, #1 in her class. My younger is a Junior at a major SEC University, majoring in IT, doing exceptionally well. In fact, it is the same University at which I dream to teach.

    I have a dream of teaching at the University Level. I am in my 5th year of teaching at a prestigious private school ( no teaching license required as long as I maintain the 40 hours of professional development each year). I taught 3 years previously in the public school sector, plus I operated my own math tutoring business out of my home for 10 years, as we raised our kids.

    Due to our kids’ attendance ( both at the same SEC University), we bought a 2nd home in that city… and LOVE IT! Our dream is to retire in that city. Nothing would make me happier than to be able to live in our dream retirement home, AND teach my love….Mathematics. However, I am pretty sure that they will require either a Master’s or Doctorate to teach at the University Level,, and know how LONG that will take me, and I fear that I am too old to learn all of the really high mathematics required to earn an MS or PH. D. UGH !

    Any advice?

    Are you aware of any universities that will make allowances for exceptional performance reviews during my numerous years in the classroom and before students in lieu of earning another degree?

    Thanks for considering. I am determined to find a way.

    I have not pursued this prior to now, for several reasons.

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Andrea, I wish there was a simple answer that could help! But the truth is, you’re the only one who can decide what’s best for you. I would suggest that before you write this dream off, taking some time to connect with people doing the job you’d like to do and even taking a look at the coursework for a masters or PhD in your field of choice. It might feel insurmountable right now, but maybe it’s more attainable and realistic than it seems!

      Good luck to you and keep us posted — we’re wishing you tremendous success!

  311. Hi, guys, I am so thankful to you all for sharing your experience and Marie for this video! I struggle with this “too old” problem since I quitted my job and decided to go after my dream making music and singing. I have been always suffering from this crazy idea, because I started at 27 (When I finished my first University study at 23, I thought that it would be too late to start study music at this age))) I continued working as a translator (that was my first speciality) and only at 27 I ventured upon this step)…
    Then after some years working with bands I started studies in Music Academy. Now I have a lot of experience, I know, that with every step forward I learn more and do better, but I am 38, and it still makes me crazy – the thought, that it’s too late and I don’t have time and I am getting older… I never trusted myself. I think – this is also a big thing – learn to trust ourselves and God. Excessive thinking moves us away from our intentions…

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Julyana — it’s never too late! You’re not alone in feeling this way, but I truly believe you can go after your dreams at any age.

      • Julyana

        Thank you, Kristin)

  312. Ray

    I am a displaced radio personality. 46 years old. Yet it appears stations will not hire me because I am in their words “Over Qualified” or also known in the broadcast industry “Too OLD”. I would love to get back into radio after an 11 year hiatus. This wasn’t my choice to take this much time out of the industry I love. Now I see all my former co-workers and friends laid off by corporations who took over 98% of all the stations in this country! Exactly what would you tell me to make the transition back into the industry, which lays people off for sport in favor of a computer doing all the work? I am serious about returning to radio. I spent the last 10 years in retail. That eventually ended as well. Once again….I was told I am over qualified. Amazing how that creeps into all the conversations! How should I handle this situation?

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Hi Ray, thank you so much for checking out this episode, and I’m sorry to hear that you’re running into roadblocks getting back into radio. I can imagine it must be even more challenging to get back into the broadcast industry with the changing radio landscape.

      Regarding being overqualified, I personally find that it’s not easy to determine exactly what that means. It could mean anything from “we don’t have the money to pay you and want some newbie” to “we already have someone in mind and don’t want to offend you.” When I’ve heard that in the past, I usually chalk it up to it being a bad fit and keep looking for something else.

      I’m not sure if it’s something you’d be interested in, but one thing that popped to mind is that you might like to explore the world of internet radio or create your own podcast. Even if it’s just for fun at first, it can be a way to get back in touch with the industry you enjoy … and as a bonus, you may be able to use that when pitching stations since you’ll have something current to show them — and maybe even an audience as well.

      I’m not sure if that’s the best solution, but might be worth looking into!

  313. I am Sixty-Two years young.. and fear comes and goes.. but for the last
    7 years. photography has risen above all other considerations in my many art endeavors.. even though I do them all.. this and oil painting are my dream…
    I will go forward, I will achieve and conquer all nay givers at this point in my life… restarting is just another way to increase change and that is good…

    thanks xx your video is great…xx Donna x

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Donna! You SO got this 🙂

  314. Yolonda Waters

    I am 52. I sing and would like to sing for a living. For instance, at weddings, parties corporate events, etc. I don’t even know where to begin. Some suggestions would help. I don’t have the Yeah But Disease but I do have the I’m Too Old To Start Disease. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for watching, Yolonda, and you’re absolutely not alone there! So many of us feel that “too old to start” disease at any age. Being a musician on the side myself, I can say that it’s definitely never too late to get started in the music world! The most important parts are being willing to do the work and do a little hustling, and that can happen at any age 🙂

      One of the best ways to get started singing if you’re interested in doing weddings/corporate events is to join a band — especially if they already perform on the wedding/corporate circuit. You can check things like Craigslist to look for auditions and openings. Even if you start out as a substitute for a regular singer, that can be a great way to get your feet wet and start exploring the industry further.

      If you’re looking to do more of a solo act, or if you don’t feel quite ready to jump into a band just yet, I recommend just performing whenever and wherever you can. Some suggestions might be finding an open mic night or coffeehouse in your area that is open to anyone, or even doing karaoke can be a really fun way to practice performing in a relatively low-stress way. From there you could consider pitching a longer solo set at a local coffeehouse or bar.

      Just getting out there and performing is a great way to get started, and as you meet people and gain experience, you’ll start hearing about openings in bands and learn more about the industry as a whole too.

      I hope that helps, and have a ton of fun! 🙂

  315. I started taking zumba classes last year at 59. I am not a dancer or athlete. I just got hooked in the best way. I take Plyojam, U-jam, Hip Hop, CoreJam, Latin, Samba whatever appeals to me. About three days a week I take 3 classes in a row, back to back. Sure I’m huffing and puffing sometimes but I feel glorious and sweaty. I am getting a dynamic full body training and getting stronger every day. I work full time so it’s weekends and nights for my dance life. When I started I had no idea what my capacity would be. I am having so much fun interpreting music now. People always said you start to slow down in middle age. I don’t think so.

  316. Sherrita

    I’m 31 years young and one of my dreams when I was younger was to audition for a professional dance team. Unfortunately my dreams was cut short exactly one month before tryouts when I was only 19 due to a bad car accident which left me with injuries and over a year of therapy. My accident really discouraged me from pursuing my dreams as a professional dancer and I haven’t danced since I was 19. Lately I’ve been having those “what if” or “urges” to want to give it another just after all these years to see if I still got it. My only thing that’s discouraging me from auditioning is my age. When it’s time for tryouts I’ll be 32!!! Yikes!! I don’t know what I should do. Please help this “seasoned” dancer….

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I’m so sorry to hear you were in a car accident that interrupted your dancing! That sounds super stressful. It’s wonderful that you’re looking to get back into it, though! Even if you don’t become a professional dancer or pursue it as a career, you can still dance as a hobby because it lights up your soul. It’s clear you love dancing and there’s no reason you shouldn’t do it just because it may not pay the bills. Your happiness is important and it’s clear that dancing makes you happy. 🙂

  317. Deb

    I stepped off the stage as a singer/songwriter 35 years ago to raise five children and as a recent empty nester want to get back on that stage. Though I feel most days like as a mid-50’s ‘has been’ I feel I have so much to give. When I started Toastmasters 2 years ago and found that I actually was good at motivational speaking ((winning a few contests) my dream changed to wanting to become a motivational speaker/singer/songwriter (backing up what I speak about with songs). What is holding me back. I’m 58 is a big one and though I feel have much wisdom from experience and study to offer I feel like I’ve run out of time. “Who wants to listen to an old lady that has no professional initials at the end of her name. I see certification programs in coaching (ie Tony Robbins) but where do I get the money they want for their courses? The other thing holding me back is I really have no idea where to start. I know I have a lot to give and a passion to speak and sing to help and motivate others but just really don’t know where to begin.

  318. Maria

    I was searching for something like this. I’ve been dancing since I remember and being a dance teacher for almost 12. I moved to USA and I got certified as a dance teacher but no one wants to hire me because my bachelors is not dance. My husband insist for me to go to school again, pursue the bachelors in dance. I’m 28 and I feel old as my little sister who’s 18 is about to start college too. Am I taking the right decision? I’m excited to go back and feel young again hahaha I don’t want to be a dancer, I just want to teach in High School professional drill teams!! That’s my dream! Any thoughts? Past experiences?

    Thank you

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Hi Maria! This is a really good question. Have you talked to some fellow teachers about this or some school administrators? It’s possible they want you to have a teaching certificate, and that you can teach dance without a dance degree as long as you have experience and are continuing to hone your craft (perhaps through taking dance classes). Or they might be really strict about having a dance degree—it’s hard to know. If you’re not sure whether you want to go back to school, it can help to see what exactly they’re looking for in a dance teacher so you can make the most informed decision about what you’d like to do.

  319. L

    What about the fact that women lose their looks once they hit menopause?
    I had cancer, so I went in very early, and doctors will not prescribe HRT to estrogen positive breast cancer survivors ( though I would take it!). I find myself wanting sing—like with a rock/soul/blues band. But our society clearly only values women who are young and sexy, and the music business is all about sexy. Please don’t suggest choral groups: they make me want to barf! I don’t know what to do. I feel like society wants post menopausal women to disappear.

  320. Suzan

    My ‘I’m too old for it’ is related to the physical limits of my body.
    I am 24 now and fell in love with circus two years ago. I would like to leave behind the sciences I am studying now and start training more with hopes that maybe some circusschool will still take me. But I am so scared to naively end up nowhere. Scared that going down this path means having a hard time to take care of myself, as my parents always tell me how hard live is.
    I am a believer of ‘things always end up ok’. But this fear just clings on so tight.
    Also, I am very aware that it will not be possible to get to a certain professional level because I don’t have the background in movement. Is it still ok to proceed then? Is a certain amount of realism necessary? Or just the focus on the things you love? For example two years ago: I tried to enter a preparation school for dance, but as I lack background, they could not let me in. (although they wished, they liked my determination)

  321. Bev Jackson

    I was first trained as a First Aid attendant at 29. Every 2 years I had to do the course again. In every course the instructor told be “become an instructor, your good at this”. I was 45 when I made the decision to do it. I was the happiest I had ever been. I woke up excited to go to work. I had 9 of the best years of my life. In January of 2014, an illness put my instructor life to an end. I am so happy and grateful that I took the chance. To any one that is thinking of age as a reason not to do something. Just do it, you will never know unless you try.

  322. What a great topic! No, you’re never too old! Case in point: I’d been a journalist my entire adult life, always wanted to write a book, but just never did. Until . . . one night in 2003, when I was 50, I woke up in the middle of the biggest wildfire in California history, drove out through smoke and flames, lost my house, 12 neighbors and nearly my own life. And I realized, I have to tell this story. This is a book I can’t NOT write. So I did a ton of research, interviewed a couple hundred people and wrote The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California’s epic Cedar Fire. It took way longer than I ever imagined, but finally it was done. I found an agent, who found a publisher, and on the 10-year anniversary of the Cedar Fire, when I was 60, after 40 years in journalism, I launched my first book. It’s since been featured by NBC’s Dateline and adopted as a training text by emergency response leaders. Best of all, readers say they can’t put it down and it’s even helped many people heal from their own disaster trauma. Today, at 63, I’m a speaker, consultant and resilience expert, working with disaster survivors and top-level emergency professionals what I’ve learned about transforming disaster into opportunity and loss into legacy. I feel I’m just getting started on the work I’ve been preparing for my entire life.

    • Sorry, I meant “working with disaster survivors and top-level emergency professionals TO SHARE what I’ve learned about transforming disaster into opportunity and loss into legacy. . . .”

  323. I had a successful 12 year career in manufacturing /production planning, was listed in Who’s Who American Women, volunteered as a radio reader for the blind and on public TV.
    At the age of 34 went to graduate school for a Masters in Social Work, then got married and had a child who was born with cancer and a heart defect. For a while my career was being a Mom and healer to my precious child who survived and is now married. I began to work as a medical social worker but also as a Reiki master which I learned along the way. I was able to teach MDs and RNs how to use energy medicine in my spare time in Andrew Weil’s Program for Integrative Medicine in the University of Arizona Fellowship program.
    I continue to learn and use various forms of energy medicine, working with gemstones, and healing, health/ wellness and spiritual coaching, ACT – Acceptance and Commitment therapy, trauma healing and release, cellular cleansing, writing poetry, painting, etc.
    As I approach retirement years, I will cut back on the more traditional work to focus on all the other interests I have developed and hope to continue to learn and train for as long as I can, to be able to share with and help others.
    When I was making the decision to take the leap and decide to move forward, I heard a teacher share: when we die and leave our bodies, the only thing we take with us are what we have learned and the love we have given and received.

  324. Milly

    Thank you for your awesomeness!
    Unfortunately as a single mother with no family and friends and the wrong side of 50 how can you start again with so little or no support and finances. It’s ok to have goals and dreams but not if it brings debt.

    I have lost all my dreams and now I can not find a way out….I am struggling with this and my journey is somehow not allowing me to move forward.

    • Oh, Milly, I’m just on this side of 50 and I hear you on feeling like I lost some dreams. Maybe look for some resources on how to start something on the side for cheap. Chris Guillebeau (featured on Marie TV) has a book called The $100 Start-Up for example.

  325. jessica

    i am a dancer. i will always be a dancer but unfortunately i have “grow out of classes” and by that i mean the studio i go to and have for years doesn’t have adult classes and i am 18 now and have a full time job and go to school part time for automotive. so i couldn’t really do a full time class anyway unless it somehow lined up with my impossible schedule and i could afford it. ( and believe me i have been searching.) but i have been looking for drop in classes that i could do to at least be able to do what i love for a little bit again even though i used to perform and compete and that is one of the most amazing things in the world. but i cant find anything for hip hop what is my favorite and i have been doing since i was 3 and other classes are fun most definitely but i miss doing what i love so much and as much as dancing wherever i am and at home is amazing and i will always do it, i just want to be able to dance again and learn and be with amazing people and have a team again. so i guess what im asking here is how to stay strong while looking for a hip hop class i can actually go to and be motivated and not scared im not gonna be as good now that i have been out for a year. thanks for the help.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Jessica, I’m so sorry to hear you haven’t been able to find hip hop classes that fit into your schedule just yet. As someone who loves dance and movement too, I’ve been there myself, and it’s really tough to keep motivated between classes when your schedule isn’t lining up.

      I definitely encourage you to keep looking for classes that will fit your schedule, and in the meantime, just trying to dance as much as possible can help you feel like you’re staying connected.

      I know dancing at home isn’t the same as classes, but there are definitely some cool tutorials that you can find on YouTube for free. I’ve tried out some of these myself for example:

      That might be a little more basic since it sounds like you have more experience, but it can be fun to just incorporate dancing into your daily routine.

      You might also expand your search to dance studios that have special workshops for a day or a weekend too, as that might be something that could fit your schedule even if the studio might be a bit farther away.

      I hope that helps and you’re able to find ways to keep connected to the dance world — we’re cheering you on!

  326. Ana

    After reading all these comments from people who’re going for it — whatever it is — regardless of age, I must say I’m humbled. You all personify the definition of awesomeness!
    I stand by what I said earlier: No one is ever too old to go for their dreams no matter how many years you’ve lived. The only “but” to all this is how to invest in it when you have no money. In that respect, of course, it doesn’t matter how old you are because money will always be the obstacle. But the added downside is that going into debt after 50 and especially after 60 is an invitation to disaster unless a positive outcome is all but guaranteed — which it never is.
    One of the things I most want to do is return abroad to teach English, perhaps now also working with textbooks and materials. (I’ve taught abroad four times, mostly in my maturity), but at 62 in many countries including those I want to live in, I really am too old, legally as well as in the eyes of international employers. So, okay, if I can’t live abroad anymore… the stateside place I love, where most of my friends are, has become so expensive that people like me who used to live in modest apartments now literally camp on sidewalks.
    Another thing I’d like is to get my editing business off the ground and make a good living in it, but — sorry, another but — let’s face it, editing doesn’t pay all that well unless it’s technical. I’ve wanted to sign up for B-school for several years. I think I’d be a good student and I know I have so much to learn, but I just can’t afford it.
    The third thing that really pushes my passion button, writing and publishing a best-selling book, is certainly possible. The chances of success, of course… well, when were they ever good regardless of age?
    The last two challenges have me facing the highest barriers and passing out cautionary tales even though I so don’t want to. After risking the little I had to go for one of my biggest dreams, I ended up in my sixties in a high-stress, very low-paying job, renting a room thousands of miles from either of the places I call home, with a chronic medical condition, limited access to health care, and no prospects.
    And that’s really why I am so careful today. I don’t want to see any of you end up like this.
    I still love reading about you. Go for it with all you’ve got! Just make sure you’ve got something.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Ana, thank you for watching this episode and commenting. I know you’re not alone in facing some of the obstacles you mention, and age discrimination in the workforce is definitely a problem.

      Although some people are more comfortable taking risks than others, we would never advocate that anyone go into debt or put themselves in a bad situation financially regardless of their age or background. However, that absolutely doesn’t mean you can’t start taking steps toward your dreams at any age. In fact, we often talk about the benefits of having a bridge job to provide stability while you’re working toward your dreams:

      I’m not sure if you’ve considered perhaps starting a business online (even a part-time or freelance business) with some of the passions you mentioned, but the beauty of online business is that you can be any age or even work from anywhere.

      Regarding your note about B-School, we’d love to have you in a future round if it feels like a good fit. We also do have a scholarship contest we run every year, so if that’s something you’re interested in, definitely do stay tuned. We release the info about that during our launch in February each year, so feel free to sign up for email updates if you haven’t already:

      Thanks again, Ana! We’re honored to have you in our community 🙂

  327. Ana

    Thank you ever so much, Caroline. You can bet I’ll always be around because I meant what I said — I love following “success steps” and all yours manage to keep me on my virtual toes at least. 🙂
    I’ll be around in February and I will excitedly look into that scholarship. In the meantime, keep on carrying on! 🙂

  328. nitun

    i am 17 and i have started learning dance just now so will i be gud or em i too late fr it but dance is my life i learnt classical dance at age of 6 but for two years i took break but now i continued again so will i be able to become gud dancer

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Hi Nitun, you’re not too old at all! Marie decided she wanted to become a professional dancer at 26 and she didn’t have any formal training. It’s awesome that you’re doing what you love and following your dreams!

  329. Silvia

    Is it to late to start things at 27?
    Probably it isn’t, but the pressure social media puts on us makes it difficult not to think that.
    I already have a degree in fashion design, i’ve intern with a fashion designer, i’ve started my own brand and i have even collaborated with fashion week.
    But that number makes me feel uncomfortable, i have done great things in my twenties, but i still feel like it is not enough.
    I’m looking for a job right now and i feel insecure because i feel to old to be looking for one.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Hi Silvia, thank you so much for watching this episode. It’s never too late to follow our dreams and get started, even on something brand new, so 27 is definitely not too late.

      As Marie shared in this episode, she got started herself as a dance in her 20’s when she originally feared she was too old, and went on to dance professionally before becoming a full time life and business coach. She also shares some great examples of other people who got started on their dreams later in life, so definitely check out their stories for some great inspiration.

      We’re cheering you on all the way!

  330. Dragan

    How do you get over not having had a single relationship, and you’re 38? What can possibly stop you from feeling like an absolute loser and regretting even the possibility of taking action towards changing your situation because you are embarrassingly old to not have even had the basic need of love, fulfilled in your life in your late teens early 20-es? If you can answer me this in such a way in which I can see some kind of an anchor that will hold me to a permanent resolve to this deep seated and painful predicament, I will be forever grateful, but I am not holding my breath.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Hi Dragan, thank you for stopping by and sharing your question with us. If you’d like to submit your Q as a potential Q&A Tuesday topic, you’re welcome to do that using the form linked on the bottom of this page here:

      Although this episode was geared toward business, the thoughts Marie shares can apply to relationships too. It’s never too late to start putting yourself out there and meeting others.

      I also wanted to mention that you’re not alone, and there are absolutely other people who haven’t had relationships in their 30’s and beyond who find someone wonderful to share their lives with.

      While we don’t have any existing MarieTV episodes that talk about this specifically, you might like to check your local library or Amazon for a copy of Marie’s book called “Make Every Man Want You.” It has a cheeky title, but the book is actually about being your best self beyond just dating, and we have had many women and men check it out for some helpful tips and strategies.

      I hope that helps, and thank you again for watching and commenting!

  331. So beautiful! I hope all people follow their dreams regardless their age.

  332. Marie Sultana Robinson

    I write, but I want to write successful novels. That’s part of my dream. And since I”m turning sixty in 2 weeks, I picked authors who had fame after 60.

    Frank McCourt Bestselling writer at 66

    Laura Ingalls Wilder best selling writer at 65

    Harry Bernstein Best seller at age 96

    Best to you, Marie Sultana Robinson