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Is it too late to change careers in your 40s, 50s, or 60s? NO! Wanting to make a midlife career change is a natural part of being a multipassionate human — and it’s completely doable.

Nevertheless, I hear from a lot of folks who are afraid they’re too old to start a brand new career. They worry they don’t have what it takes to go back to school, start a business, or follow their passion. They question whether it’s worth disrupting their lives and the people they love. 

So when Joanne wrote in about wanting to make a career change from teaching to running her own writing business, I couldn’t wait to tackle this topic.

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If you’ve dreamed of changing careers but are letting age hold you back, don’t miss today’s MarieTV. You’ll learn 3 keys to making a successful midlife career change — whether you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s or beyond!

You’ll learn:

0:55 — The most effective way to deal with ageism.
1:15 — Shocking statistics that disprove those “I’m too old” or “it’s too late” myths.
2:20 — What you need *more* than experience to launch your new career.
3:45 — One simple question to help you overcome stress and overwhelm.

Watch the episode below, then keep reading for even more on these three keys! 

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Key #1: Drop The “It’s Too Late” and “I’m Too Old” BS Narrative

Nobody cares how old you are but you. Yes, ageism is real, but it’s going to exist in the world whether you choose to make a midlife career change or not. Focus instead on what you can control — your beliefs and your actions. 

Are your beliefs and actions supporting or hurting your aspirations? You may not realize it, but every belief has a consequence. 

Acknowledging your limiting beliefs is the first step to changing them.

The best part is, plenty of statistics support midlife career changes. People are retiring later in life and the average working age is going up. In a few years, 25% of the nation’s workforce will be 55 and older

Because of this, folks are getting creative with their career choices. Research by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor shows that for the last decade, folks over 55 have the highest rate of global business start-up activity.

And if you’re worried about not being taken seriously because of your age, you’ve got science on your side. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there’s a ton of research that proves our brains and intellectual functions actually improve as we get older. 

For example, as we age we experience:

  • Improved reasoning, planning, and communicating.
  • Quicker problem solving.
  • Better, wiser decision making.
  • Stronger comprehension and distillation of complex ideas.

It’s a myth that people are less creative and innovative as they age. Humans are creative at every age. In fact, we have an entire MarieTV episode about 10 inspiring women who prove it’s never too late to start a new business or new career. In short, the person who is likely making the biggest deal of your age is you.

Key #2: Learn How to Market Yourself

Once you get yourself into the right mindset, you’ll need to learn how to market yourself in this new career of yours.

The great news about making a midlife career change is that you’re not starting from scratch. You have the experience, wisdom, and strength from your previous career that can help you thrive in a new one. 

Need proof? Take a moment and list your:

  • Transferable skills.
  • Hard-earned life lessons. 
  • Personal qualities.

Remember, nothing in your life is a waste. Every job, every experience, and every setback provides a powerful lesson or skill. You’re not losing your wisdom or experience — just channeling it in a new direction.

What’s going to make the biggest difference is how well you can package, market, and sell yourself to a client or employer. You might be the best writer, juggler, or painter in the world but no one will know or care if you don’t know how to communicate your value.

Trust me — the right marketing strategies are incredible, miraculous tools that can be used for good. 

I’ve been teaching them for years to tens of thousands of multipassionate, big-hearted entrepreneurs from all over the world in B-School. I’ve seen countless B-School grads use marketing to grow meaningful businesses, provide for their families, and leverage their passions to make a positive impact. 

Whether you’re starting your own business or getting a job in a new industry — marketing is essential to making your midlife career change a success.

Key #3: Develop a Bias Toward Action

Making a midlife career change may feel daunting and scary, but daydreaming or stressing about it in your head will only make it worse. Develop a bias toward action. Resist the urge to overthink because clarity comes from engagement, not thought. 

Knowing something doesn’t change your life. Doing something does. 

Focus on taking small steps every day towards your new career. You don’t need to know all the steps in advance — just what you need to focus on right now.

Anytime you slip into overwhelm, stop and ask yourself, “What’s the next right action step here?” The answer may be as simple as, “Go drink a glass of water.” Or it could be, “Contact 5 local businesses and offer to write their newsletter in exchange for a testimonial.” Or, “Set up a services page on my website.” 

There’s always a small, tangible step you can take to move your new career ahead. Remember, everything is figureoutable, including making this career change.

Now I’d love to hear from you. If you’ve ever made a big career change, what was the most important lesson you learned in the process?

Let’s crowdsource some great wisdom for anyone out there who wants to make a big career pivot — especially if they have concerns that it’s too late.

Share as much detail as you can. Hundreds of thousands of souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone needs to see things from a fresh perspective. Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

Let this be the year that you take a stand for what makes you come alive. Stop questioning yourself and what you really want. Remember, you are a one-time mega event in the universe. Don’t waste it!

With SO much love ❤️,
XO

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  1. Hey Joanne,
    I’m not over 50 but I am currently taking steps toward making a career change to my business. Best advice I have gotten start before your ready and start small …also do BSCHOOl. Honestly no biased I did School it helped me see what I could do right now to grow my business plus patience. I am very impatient. You have to start small don’t be in rush it will happen in time.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Rebecca, we love you. We LOVE that you’re showing up, doing the work, and making progress at a pace that works for you and your life. xo

  2. Hey Joanne, not to be awkward, but are you my twilight zone twin?
    I’m Emily, I was a teacher until I took B-School at the age of 37, and then went full time with my writing business when I turned 38. Hahaha! Seriously, life is stranger than fiction, I’m not making this up.
    As for one thing that helped… as teachers we never take attention for granted! If we lose the students one day, we have to go back, guns blazing and get them re-engaged. That’s been an extraordinary advantage for me with my email list and Facebook group. It would never occur to me to ask “Why aren’t I getting comments?” anymore than it would occur to me to ask, “Why aren’t a bunch of teenagers paying attention to me?” Instead, I’m always finding clever games and questions and discussions to re-engage my audience. And I always make notes about what works and what doesn’t, so I have a backup plan if things get boring. Just like in my classes. And it’s really fun for me. I love it! I want to help people get excited about writing their books. Which isn’t an easy thing to do.
    I’m turning 40 this year and it’s ridiculously similar to the way most 9 year-olds turn 10. I’m so excited! I think I always knew it would take me a few decades to build my life the way I love love love it, and I did so much exploring and learning and plain old WORK to be owning a super cool and very profitable company as I cross over my 40th birthday!
    GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING! Sending so much love!
    Marie, thank you for this episode! I loved it!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Emily, we always love seeing you in our world and these words are such a gift for everyone that will read them. Here’s to turning 40, loving your life, and continuing to chase your dreams like a 10-year-old- but one who knows their way around business. We’re ALWAYS cheering you on. xo

    • Cynthia Velastegui

      Emily,
      Thank you so much for sharing your story of courage. I am 37 now, and in the midst of finding a new path and changing careers from a 9-5 to starting my own business. Reading your comment made me feel empowered and capable.

      • Awesome Cynthia! Yesss! I mean after all, we’ve got most of our working life ahead of us! Might as well make it great. 🙂

    • Toni

      Emily, Thank You!! Your teacher ninja engagement skills are inspiring me to get creative. I’m 58 and not starting over but more resurrecting my bodywork/training practice. Onward!!

      • Hahaha! That’s awesome Toni! If was really a teacher ninja, I might not have gone into business! That would’ve been cool!

    • Anna

      What a fantastic post. I love how you contextualized the way teaching crosses over to social media engagement! Just proves that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’ve juuuust turned 40 ( feeling much more like a cheeky 10 year old) and considering B-School to run a photography business and dive into freelance copywriting. Eeeek! I’m living on the edge….!!! I need accountability and small goals so I stay on track. Did B-School help with this? What was most useful for you? Thanks again, and enjoy your journey…..

      • Thanks Anna! And what feels like the edge quickly becomes the new normal, that’s the great thing. Can’t wait to join you on the “4th floor”! That’s what people say in Colombia when you hit a new decade, and that’s where I live. They say you’ve arrived at that floor. And every floor has a better party than the last one in my experience so far! So yeah. Hahaha!

      • Oh, and great question. YESSS. I LAUNCHED my business the year I took B-School (2017). I had never done anything like that before. I didn’t have a framework, I didn’t have the confidence, and I didn’t know anybody else who was running an internet company. B-School changed all of those things.
        Now I have tons of besties who run their own businesses (from the B-School community) we talk, we vent, we gossip, you know. I started taking on clients while I kept my job as a teacher, so I made about 20K on the side, while I was still working. (I would get up at 4 AM to meet clients in London during the week, I can’t believe that now, but it was worth it.) That gave me the confidence and the numbers, to try and launch the business full time. And it worked.
        I put together my profit model, branding, website, etc. during B-school, and it worked! So much love to you. Hope that gives you clarity on your decision.

  3. Right now. I am 49 and in the healthcare field that is after over 20 years – I had my AHA that this industry is sucking my soul.
    So I am making radical changes. I am all in on entrepreneurship. I will no longer work on someone else’s dreams. I will walk away. At 49 and feel like there are no options – no more there’s a big world and big life to live.
    I am worth the risk!
    As scary as independent contract work, gig work, not knowing sounds – staying in place is scarier.
    Having a career and staying at one job sounds like a concept from the dinosaur times.
    You have to create your everything!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Raphaele, you ARE worth the risk. Taken small steps towards your dream each day. One day you’ll look back and see the progress you’ve made and know that you’re the one that did that. You CAN do this.

  4. My dear Marie, I cannot believe that in addition to being an incredibly holistic business owner and marketer, you are a great dancer and mind reader 🙂
    Yes I am nearing 53 and was a business owner in Manhattan in a previous life until I chucked it all to pursue my passion: instilling mind/body health turnarounds in as many people as possible, especially busy work warriors!
    In a sea of young great looking “coaches”, I intend to stand out, support and empower with longevity tools the out-of-steam 45+ of the world!
    I face ageism constantly and I do it head on! My mission is so important to me, I will not turnaround!
    Thank you for reminding me that I am on my own wonder-filled path!
    Love to you,
    Cassis

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      We’re celebrating you and you’re amazing path, Cassis. Keep following that wonder-filled path that’s allllll yours. YES!

  5. Freddy

    Hello Marie, this speaks to my heart. Last year I began to write a book on menopause and how to live as a goddess on the other side of the big change.
    This has pushed me beyond discomfort as I focus on myself and life. When I look in the mirror and see my silver hair and wrinkles I regularly wobble and struggle against my own age prejudice.
    I joined b school last year and have great plans for other products and a social campaign. Freddy with love xx

    • Freddy

      I forgot to say that I’m in late 60s. My solution has been to surround myself with younger people who know how to do the techy stuff and will boost me by telling me how wise I am ( when in truth I feel so much less than that) .. Freddy

      • Heather- Team Forleo

        Freddy, your solution around the tech stuff is smart but what’s even smarter is YOU! You’re wise, determined, amazing, and worthy of every dream that you have on your heart. Wrinkles are proof that you’ve lived life and you’re here to celebrate it. Thanks for shining your goddess light in our world.

  6. Paul Jefferson Woods

    Hello from the UK

    It’s a well-worn old phrase that age is just a number but you can do anything that you want. Of course, like many other isms, it may seem like the world is against you but you must rail against these injustices and push on and do it anyway.

    Is it easy, of course not but you are the only one stopping you. When I hit 60 I decided to write full time, have there been any hurdles hell yes but I have just published my first non-fiction book Three Six Six – 366 Ways To Be Inspired And Write Every Day Of The Year. Is that the end no way I’m busy writing a fiction short story collection and I’m just getting going.

    And so can yo I can do it so can you?

    Paul,

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      PAUL! Yes, yes, yes, yes! Here’s to pushing on and doing what we love each and every day. Thank YOU for sharing this with all of us to witness. Just amazing.

      • Paul Jefferson Woods

        Heather,

        Well thank you and it’s my pleasure and Marie and her fantabulous team are such a support. Keep doing what you’re doing.
        Paul,

  7. Tiffanie

    Confession…..I haven’t watched the episode yet….I’m gonna listen in the car on my way to an appointment. But I just had to comment. I made a career change at the age of 30 and completely turned my life and my family’s lives upside down. I worked as an insurance adjuster making close to six figures (well on my way to it within a year or so) when I decided to quit and become a firefighter paramedic. I went from a healthy income to a part time job paying $10 an hour! At 35 I finally got my ‘dream job’ with the city and am now once again making good steady income…….but after almost 15 years doing this I’m aching for change again. This time I’m not so bold. Between my age, a new home and a kid going off to college, I don’t have the luxury of just up and quitting and starting my business. It’s starting itself a bit, but time and money are tight and I’m SCARED! I have started my llc out of paralyzing fear. Same with my website. All my business to date is word of mouth. Anyway….I know it can be done…..but I also know the older you get the scarier it seems.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Tiffanie, your ability to take the leap before and make magic happen is proof for you that you have it within you, right?! If you’re getting business through word of mouth- that’s how it starts! People buy from people and they’re certainly buying from you. HOORAY!

      When you have a chance to watch or listen to the episode, let us know what you think and if you can share a few action steps that you’re going to take. “Clarity comes from engagement not thought” as Marie always says. You’ve got this. xo

  8. Gabriele

    Love love love your advise. I am 59 years ‘young’ + started my feelance consultancy business 3 years ago. Fortunately I could sign a long term contract right away. Now all of a sudden it wasn’t renewed + I am now facing obstacles getting new business: as a one (wo)men enterprise my new potential customers I am targeting want infos for free, reduce fees, use my information I am proposing without paying me + now I got a customer who doesn’t reply to me after I successfully finished the contract we agreed on. We are talking about big + international companies I know since many years. Well: I am not giving up plus I am like Nancy Reagan: ‘A woman is like a tea bag; you don’t know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.’ Lots of love

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Dip yourself in the water, Gabriele, and show the world what you’re made of. You’ve GOT this! Turn those obstacles into opportunities. xo

  9. I love this. I turn 59 this month and I’m taking early retirement. This is my third career change because I feel like my life is being sucked from me (literally) sitting at a desk nurturing someone else’s garden. So I’m leaving behind a great salary, taking some time off for some much needed self care, travel to Europe to visit my family, then moving across the country to live. My sister retired at 60 and died 6 months later with all her dreams on her lips. By the grace of God I’m trying to avoid that.
    Thanks Marie. I’m late for work but I had take the time to read this article, as well as the comments. Here’s to sisters waking up!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Jennifer, you’re honoring your sister’s legacy by creating the one you want the most for your own life. Take care of your garden, enjoy the travel and journey and know that we believe in you.

    • You are inspiring. I’m about to step it up which is why I’m reading this page. Here’s to sisters waking up, yes.

  10. Nora

    Hi Marie,

    This topic couldn’t come at a better time! I’m 48 years old and I’m feeling this career change mode. I’ve been working since I was 15yrs old and for quite sometime feeling discontent in my career. Last summer I decided to resign from my corporate job to take some much needed time off to clear my mind, not be so connected and be with my thoughts to figure out my next step in life. I feel so out of align with myself, I feel my thoughts are everywhere and I feel like I’m making no progress. Due to this feeling, I feel I’m not putting the right energy out which I believe is what is not letting me advance. Marie how do I find alignment?! Help!!!!!!!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Hi there, Nora! We’re so glad you asked this question because Marie has an episode of MarieTV that may help you clear out those thoughts and gain some momentum. Head here to watch and get access to a stress log —-> https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/09/stress-log/

      Then, if you haven’t started watching our free business training, I really think it will help you get clear as to what tangible steps you can take in your business. It’s a 3-part training and the first two videos are out already. You can head here to sign up and get watching them right away. —–> https://marieforleobschool.com/
      Those two things may be the perfect spark to light your creative flame today! We’re cheering you on.

  11. Annie

    I started my own journey at the age of 38, not really doing a big career change but taking my knowledge from two decades in corporate and trying to build a business with it.
    4 years later I still have to “find” success in it. Nonetheless, if nothing else will come out of this endeavour, I still have grown a lot, learned a lot and would still say it was worth it.
    The key thing, I found, is really to find a way to market and sell yourself in a way that is comfortable for you and you can do day in, day out. The loud versions of the “extroverted millenials” I tried to adopt to was a big fail for. It’s just not me. Getting through the noise with “my way” will remain a big chunk of work. But still: Now I am trying my way, not so loud, but me. Wish me success 😉

    Wishing you, Joanne, tons of success with your writing business.

  12. At 71 I’m still feeling motivated towards life. I’m an artist in sculpture and oils. I paint and sculpt strong women. Now, I just need to be one.
    I had decided to learn to blog about my art and insights I’ve gained but it felt overwhelming, so I quit that dream.
    I’m feeling nervous now though about what the next 10 years will look like if I don’t. So getting this is timely!!
    Thank you!

    • Susan Nicolai

      Hi Kathy. I am one who has walked away from dreams in the past. I had this very emotional drawer where I stuffed things, “My Tomb of Unrealized Dreams.”
      I’m very curious as to why the insights felt overwhelming to you, because to me they would be intriguing…I find myself sitting here wanting to read that blog…

      What I feel in your post is that energy shifted from love of sculpting to fear of something…? Working from love as a foundation has so much power. What belief would it take to step into the strong woman you want to be? I’ll bet your work is amazing.

  13. I think, if you feel like making a career change at any age, you should absolutely do it. We only have one life. I’d always wanted to write for a living and when I reached my 30s I realised that if I didn’t do something about it I was going to be one of those people you meet at parties who say, ‘I’ve always thought there was a book in me…’ but who never actually get around to doing anything about it! I’m now 40 and have seven children’s books published and three more under contract. Changing your career path isn’t an easy option but it is the most rewarding and it beats the slow death of being miserable at work. Have courage. Go for it.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Laura your words brought tears to my eyes. You are proof that not only are our dreams worthy of pursuing, their attainable. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the minds of our sweet kids. Your courage is changing the world.

  14. For Joanne and anyone else who wonders if it’s “too” late to start a new path:
    It’s funny to say this now, but 10 years ago at 23, I thought it was “too late” for me to go to college. But after years of acting and improv in L.A., I just knew it in my gut that writing was something I wanted to do, and somehow, college was the way. Going to college resulted in me moving, working in magazines and then getting a fellowship with one of the largest media companies in the country. Fast forward to now, where I’m JUST getting clarity on what my business is (even with two rounds of B-School and lots of trials and errors) — book coaching. Never in a million years would I have picked that out of lineup, but it totally makes sense now. AND all of the tools and knowledge I gathered in my many careers have given me an advantage. I’m able to speak to a wider range of people because I didn’t have a linear path in life. And YOUR advantage is that you also have a unique set of gifts that make you an ASSET to the people you’ll meet in this next chapter of your life. Excited for you and, if you can, we’d love to have you in B-School. But regardless, we’re all rooting for you. XO

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thanks for ALWAYS being a star and shining light for our B-School family and community, Amanda. We’re so grateful for your generous heart and how it shows up in the world. xo

      • HEATHER. And thank YOU for constantly making my heart burst with your kindness and insight. Appreciate it heaps. XOXO

  15. Marie, thank you so much for addressing the needs and concerns of us “older” business women. I have been a nurse for 30 years, and have enjoyed my career, but as a creative, have dreamed of something more. In 2016, my husband lost his great paying job just a couple of months shy of his 50th birthday. We took some time, did a lot of research and in 2018 opened our bakery and ice cream shop. Was it our dream to bake cupcakes and make ice cream? Nope. It was our dream to own a business and this is the path that presented itself. We are working harder than we ever have and WE LOVE IT. I have learned how to decorate cakes and really enjoy channeling my creativity in new ways. My engineer husband has become the best cupcake baker and ice cream baker in town. My advice to those looking to make a huge change would be first to simplify everything you can in your life (we were forced to do this due to a sudden and drastic drop in income, but it helped so much to give us the space we needed to explore our options). Stay open to opportunities and new ways to channel your creativity and the expertise and skills you developed in your first career. Then jump in with both feet and enjoy the ride!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Kimm, your journey is a testament to the ‘figureoutable’ attitude that we love so much. Congratulations to you and your husband. Your cupcake and ice cream shop sounds like the stuff of buttercream dreams. BRAVO!

  16. I am 58 and three years ago I discovered that I loved making jewellery.

    I’d always been a very cerebral person and my main focus up until then had been poetry at which I’d had some success. I hadn’t realised how much I would love doing something physical..

    I started out very simply with beads and wire and set out to learn as much about all the crafts and skills involved in making jewellery. Now I am proud of the pieces I make and I am confident putting them out into the world.

    As I said to one of my friends the other day – I was a lot older when I was younger. These days I feel I have so much to look forward to and I love doing something new every day. Back when I was younger I was much more afraid of getting things wrong and failing. These days I am more about trying things and seeing what will happen next.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Mi, you’re reverse ageing and we’re here for it! Keep putting your art into the world- we need it. We’re celebrating you today. xo

  17. Hi everyone! I took B-School the first time 3 years ago. At the time, I didn’t have a full-time job and had trouble holding down the administrative jobs I was used to having as an actor and musician. I felt I was getting older and losing time. But my mental and emotional state was just not yet balanced.

    At 39 I got a job that finally shifted me into action. The company was okay but it was the time I realized: I gotta get out of here! My favorite part of entrepreneurship was always the websites and helping my friends with their branding. So last year, I shut down 6 months of my life to go back to school while working full-time.

    I’m 41 and starting a new career as a web developer and LOVING IT! I’m a paid intern at a fun company and work through the agism thing every day. Guess what? The only person who is ageist to me…is me!

    Being a 41 year old intern got me something else too. It’d been over 2 years since I’d written a song and now I’ve written more than 20 since the new year. I have a whole plan to get an EP out there this year as solo work.

    Though I was an actor and musician all these years, to be honest my career from 22-41 was balancing my mental and emotional health. Now I’m 41 and able to take care and move forward in my life. I wouldn’t exchange that knowledge for anything. If I can be a 41 year old intern in tech, I can be a 41 year old rockstar too. Only I can say if I’m too old! My answer: nah! I’m way too interesting now to live an oridinary life 😉

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Elyza!!! You ARE a rock star because you’re you and living life on your terms in a way that make you happy. This is what life is all about. Congratulations on landing the internship- we’re giving you a standing ovation over here.

  18. I’m taking with me: “Are your beliefs and actions supporting or hurting your aspirations?”
    And it’s the right time to think about it.

    And to make my dream happen… one way or another…

    Great episode.

  19. I majored in business but decided to study graphic design at 40, after living four years abroad with my husband and two kids. I was the oldest in my class, and it was uncomfortable in the beginning. But then I realized that all my life experiences helped a lot to succeed and produce quality work. After my graduation, I moved again from Brazil to the US, and through my design, I started to help ex-pat women in their business. Last year I took B-School and Copy Cure, and it was the best decision ever. Now I’m running my business much better and helping my clients more effectively. I’m still learning, improving, and progressing, but with joy and clarity. Thanks @marieforleo

  20. Hi Joanne. I love your question and this topic in general. Living to 100 and beyond is not at all unrealistic anymore. I’m a nurse and have conversations with folks in their 90s daily. At 30 I had my 1st child. At 40 I got divorced, starting doing some serious soul work and went back to school to switch careers from graphic design to nursing. In my early 40s I found my soul mate. At 43 & 45 we had 2 amazing kids together. At 53, last month we finally got around to getting married. Oh, my husband also started a second career, went to school and grad school, finishing last August at 53. My mom moved in with us last spring. We have an in-process t-shirt business/creative outlet. My husband is over 500 pages in writing an AMAZING book. I’m an alumni and huge fan of B-School and LOVE Marie’s Everything is Figureoutable. Marie and team and community feel like our biggest cheerleaders. When I grow up I’m going to be financially free 🙂 Along the way I am loving life because it is rich with growth and vision of great things. Let’s make the time to take care of our bodies. The basics…good eats, sleep, exercise. We’ll be glad for it in our 100s 🙂

  21. This resonates with me! At 50, my marriage ended, and I found myself lost. Four years later, I am working toward my dream of writing and telling stories/public speaking. But, I’m still a little lost. Being part of Toastmasters has been helpful.
    This Marie TV episode really lets me know that BUSINESS has to part of my plan of action.
    Now, I’m thinking about “What’s the next right action step here?”
    I’m reading “Everything is Figureoutable” – and it has been amazing, especially the insight to action challenge!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      You’re doing it, Wendy! You’re showing up for your dreams, taking action, and asking the exact right questions- what’s the right next step. Keep going……..

      Thank you for reading Marie’s book and for being here with us. It means more than you’ll ever know.

  22. Kate Sanders

    Hi Marie
    I made a major career change at 46. I changed countires, languages and living arrangements at the same time. It was a scary business but now, at 60 I can look back and be glad that I did it. I studied B-School last year and I’m going to do it again this time around. I’ve no intention of retiring but instead I’m going to start adding video to my fitness business so that I can reach more French and English people.

  23. I did make a career change at age 53. I retired from teaching last year and decided to go full time in my voiceover business. I have learned to be careful with whom I share my vision. You have to protect your ear gates from negative feedback. Surround yourself with people who can support you, who have been in this same place as you, and who push you when you’re doubting yourself. Believe in yourself. Being a woman of faith, I acknowledge God every step of the way. I read over Scriptures that build my faith and keeps me focused. I don’t seek advice from those who aren’t doing anything with their lives neither do I internalize their unsolicited advice. That will happen.

  24. Amy

    Walked from my 25 year career due to a lack of integrity in leadership. It was the single most terrifying move I’ve ever made because not only did I quit, I made a video about WHY I quit (no names shared, just speaking truth that too many shy away from)
    Seth Godin has been a mentor from afar for years. His body of work was a catalyst in making the leap. I sent him an email thanking him for putting work into the world that made a difference for people like me and he emailed me back.

    Less than two years later I’m living a life that lights my soul on fire. Using all my experience and expertise to coach leaders, business owners and teams, holding Vision Board Masterclasses, and most exciting of all launching my own wine label in 2020. Wine bottled to inspire women to unlock their potential.

    ANYTHING is possible at any age. I’m proof🙏

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Here’s to you uncorking the magic that was within you all along 😉 Be so proud of who you are and where you are in your life, Amy. That’s because YOU made it possible.

  25. Lorraine

    I’ve changed careers several times in my life. I viewed each change as an adventure. In my 20s, I worked as a secretary and also as a chef. In my thirties, I went back to school and went into the IT field where I worked as a technical trainer/instructor for 15 years. When the bubble burst in 2008 I was “downsized”. This was a new opportunity to start something fresh.
    I tried my hand at a few things and KNEW that I wanted to start my own business. I tried wellness coaching but, it never really took off. At age 56, I did a radical about face and started an online store that sells fibres to spinners, filters, knitters, etc. These are all activities that I LOVE and its very much a niche market. On my way to a fibre festival this past September, I was involved in a major car crash. That sure put a damper on my work for my online store. I suffered many broken bones and, for me the worse, a mild concussion that left me getting easily overwhelmed, searching for words…essentially, I felt kind of lost and hated it.
    Fast forward to turning 57 and a new venture has just opened up. Way back, I’d written a book and self-narrated. I’d taken voice over acting courses. I’m now making revenue from my home narrating audiobooks.
    I don’t look at the number on my birth certificate as what defines me. I go with what I feel, and what I feel is that I’m 29! (In my head)

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      We love how you’ve figured things out every step of the way, Lorraine. We hope you’re healing and enjoying the work that you’re doing. You’re the epitome of being a master of the ‘figureoutables’ in life. Bravo!

    • Lois

      Your story is so inspiring, Lorraine. Especially how you saw each hardship as an opportunity for growth and adventure. I love your mindset and your spirit! Thank you for sharing it.

  26. Thanks for this, Marie – enjoyed it and also shared it!

    Loved your tips on mindset, developing skills and knowledge and taking ACTION.

    I’ve made a BUNCH of career changes throughout my 20’s-40’s, my goodness! The most recent was building up my nerve at age 42 to stop running my coaching practice part-time while simultaneously keeping a foot in the social service sector and to start going ALL IN on my dream of a full-time and profitable coaching career.

    (BSchool was a catalyst and support at that time – 2018 – for me!) Thank you, again.

    One specific tip I thought I would share in case it’s helpful is this: I figured out what my safety net would be – and holding that in my mind was crucial to my ability to take a leap and commit to my heartfelt longings.

    I was privileged to have a partner with a steady income, so that provided part of our safety net, for sure. But I felt so freaked out that everything might flop and that I was putting my long term security and family’s wellbeing at risk that my psychological safety net was making an internal commitment to give my business growth a 2-3 year window of opportunity – and that I would then seriously evaluate the situation.

    I determined that if I went all in and then the evidence suggested at age 45 that my business just wasn’t cutting it as a livelihood that I would turn to my Plan B and then revitalize my employability with an organization and take responsibility for my financial health (and my family’s) with yet another career chapter.

    If I didn’t have that perception of a safety net, I think I might have remained forever straddling my private practice and organization-based work and never truly thrived and reaped the benefits of whole-hearted commitment in either path!

    In order to take a leap in the face of my terror, I needed inner reassurance that I wasn’t just being reckless and that I did have a safety net and clear plan in place.

    Spoiler alert: I’m so grateful I made the bold move and took massive action! Last year, I increased my 2018 income by five times and earned more than I EVER have before.

    (Real talk: those numbers are 100% legit AND between childcare and business expenses, I still have a long way to go to hit my new financial goals)!

    Now, I often coach my clients about their version of a safety net so that they cultivate the courage to navigate their life or career transformations or moments of reinvention.

    I wanted to share this tip in case it added to your gems so that people might consider what their safety net might be, if that notion helps me them ground more deeply in trust, faith and courage.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Great insights and tips here, Nicola. Your experience mirrors so many that we’ve heard from our B-Schoolers through the year. We’re so grateful that you took the time to share them here.

  27. Andi Dickens

    Hello there
    I’m 53 and in the midst of a new career change (more on that in a bit) but I made an even bigger change 6 years ago when I went back to corporate life after 12 years as a stay at home Mum. Before I landed the big grown up Corporate job I signed up to BSchool and even though I didn’t put it into practice (and certainly wasn’t the best student) I got a ton of value, not least of which was giving me a punchy entrepreneurial perspective that certainly made me stand out amongst my peers. No ageism between my ears! And now life has gone full circle. I am out of Corporate, redefining my concept of what success looks like and excited to get re-immersed in BSchool and launch my new journey. Marie asked us to help with crowd sourcing ideas – I think much of the wisdom in her Everything is Figuroutable book is gold dust and diamonds, it is you attitude that will dive you on this journey. Wishing you and all the other restarters, still going stongers and everything in between every success (on your terms!)
    Andi

  28. Hi Marie and team,
    Here Esther from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Just wanted to let you know I’m having a great career switch right now. Since about a year I work as a DJ. My DJ name is DJ Je Moeder; in English DJ Your Mama (or Mother:)) At this moment I am 55 and my main music is HipHop. I have been a DJ in the eighties but back then with turntables my music was Punk and New Wave.
    I agree with Mary and at this moment I tell people to follow their dream. Mindset is key!
    In 2013 I had a 22-hour operation because of a bone tumor. I was in a wheelchair for a while. I have been in great pain and had lots of pills like Oxycodon. I took lots of medication until 2016. Now I am without any. Mindset and meditation is so important!
    At first I thought I could tell and inspire people about my journey by becoming a coach. I have just finished my exams and I am a professional coach.
    But I love being a DJ and I am sure that one way or another this will be combined in the future. 🙂
    Now I am walking around again and happy being a HipHop DJ. I am convinced I will be a DJ for a longtime and travelling around the world with my music!
    Lots of love,
    Esther Goedvolk
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    • OMG Ester! Your beautiful warrior story is awesome! Look at you 🙂 Thats so awesome you’re a DJ! We are both in music never thinking this would be possible to have it as a legit career. It was great to read your story and also see the commonality with music. The most awesome woo hoo is that you got off the meds. It’s a tough thing to do. I know many who’ve struggled with that, and many still are. So again, mega kudos for that as some might not realize that those meds can be a life and dream taker. I wish you all the best in your dreams and goals. Nyla 💕

      • Hi Nyla,
        Thanks for your lovely comment and compliments. Indeed getting of the meds was a struggle. I can remember that I got a compliment by a doctor. She really understood what it meant. And I think you do too.
        Great that you are a voice coach! Once again thanks for your comment.

  29. Hi Marie and Team 💕
    So thanks for the reminder on the age deal. It’s been an inner battle watching my face change, my body change, and realizing that I qualify for AARP—ahhh LOL. I don’t feel ready, nor do I feel like the over 50 nifty club in my mind BUT honestly, it’s not stopping me from expanding and doing all that I am committed and passionate about doing.
    The career change that I’ve made is going into music 100 percent and building a strong local presence in my community as a top 5 Star voice coach. It feels cocky saying that, but honestly it has been built from love and passion, and gratitude that not only do I get to do this, but it supports a nice life. There has always been a stigma around making a living in music and especially being a voice coach, I’ve gotten feedback of how would that support my lifestyle and thinking it would be my side hustle and not a “real job”. It’s personal to say, but I average between $70-$80/hr. training over 100 students a month in studio and online. It’s a beautiful career and I get to help so many people open up their voices on so many levels. With this thriving studio, I have enough time to yoga, paint, create music scores, write songs, and start building my podcast (for all things vocal), as well as building a powerhouse online vocal program for aspiring singers. AND super excited to go through my second round of B School, of which! I have so much to thank you and the team for this beautiful program that keeps on giving AND I’m also in the Copy Cure. It’s a beautiful life. Thank you for all you and the team do. I’m loving my EIF book!
    All my hugs and love, Nyla 💕 #lovemyvoiceusa

  30. Mary Perez

    I was 45 years old when I went back to school to study nursing. It was God inspired. I give thanks that I listened and took action. In a few days I will be celebrating my 62nd birthday. The year I celebrated my 60th, I was excited for my life, but this past year I have been battling the limiting belief that “I’m too old. It’s too late.”
    Thank you for once again reminding me that it is never too late to follow a dream.

  31. Kaylee

    I am on the verge of turning of 35, and in the midst of my fourth rendition of “what do I want to be when I grow up?” I have been an event and floral designer, an interior designer, and had a brief interlude in property management while I went back to school for graphic design. My heart has always been in the creative field, but I so often found myself parked at a desk, staring at a computer screen, ‘pursuing my creative dreams’.
    Last year, while working endless hours at an interior design firm, I could feel time slipping through my fingers. I felt like I barely saw my daughter and husband, and our time together was subpar. I was a shell of a person when I got home. I worked tirelessly, skipping lunch break 4 out of 5 days a week, giving up weekends, and being treated like I still wasn’t giving enough. One perfect bluebird June morning, as I sat at my desk reading pointless emails about arbitrary deadlines, my boss reamed me out for doing work she had asked me to do. This was not the first time. It dawned on me; I felt ready to take my life back. I walked out.
    I walked out of a prestigious job, that I had thought was my dream job. I joined a landscaping crew, and played in the dirt all summer! It was an incredibly physically demanding job, and it brought me back to life. Both the quantity and quality of my time with family increased exponentially.
    Of course, landscaping is a seasonal job, and once the snow started flying, it was time to reinvent once more. All I knew was that I was not going to find myself trapped at a desk again. I am now a ski instructor for children six years old and younger. My fellow new hires are all between 19-27. I am the “old one”, but I don’t even care a bit! The job is exhausting (and I can REALLY feel my age some days…) but so rewarding. I just passed the PSIA Level 1 Certification for Alpine skiing, and beginning to prep for the level 2. It is never too late to start something new, and no limit to how many times you can reinvent yourself!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      KAYLEE! Congratulations on all of the amazing success you’ve had. Your drive and determination are so so so inspiring. You’re showing people that anything is possible when you listen to yourself and take action. Sending you the BIGGEST Team Forleo hug.

  32. Laura

    I have just celebrated my 58th birthday. My favorite, most valued (by me), career has been raising my children. When a difficult marriage turned untenable, I left. (A word from the wise: if possible, have an exit plan before divorce! (I wasn’t wise.)) I’ve spent a couple of years working “bridge jobs,” as Marie deftly calls them, until I could find my way. I’m currently enrolled in online school to become a captioner…or something in a related area. In my experience, ageism can really be “a thing”. There have been times when my heart was on the ground. However, I’m also finding that a bit of confidence and all-out _gumption_ goes a long way toward success. It took me a while; it took a lot of soul-searching, job-searching, and conversations with all sorts of gainfully employed women. I am on a good path for me now. To be sure, struggles await me. But, at least and at last, the path is more or less forged….for now.
    On this journey, my thoughts have often wandered to the myth of the phoenix. You know; it’s that bird-like creature who dies in flames, and then miraculously and with some effort, arises out of its own ashes, a new bird yet also itself. In my mind, a phoenix is not just a mythological creature. A phoenix is an affirmation of our capacity to allow some things to die within us in order to rise up into a newer, wiser, and re-energized version of our former selves. So, I say, cheers to all of us who have the grit to keep exploring!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Laura, you are a beautiful phoenix rising over and over again and in the process becoming the wisest, most spectacular version of yourself. Congratulations on your online school process and know that Team Forleo is over here cheering you on! You’ve got this. xo

  33. Selena

    Hi there! So I wrote my first novel at 45. It was published and I started a brand new career as a writer. Since then I’ve published over 25 books, hit the USA Today list once, and won several national awards. You CAN do it. And just to prove that I’m not done trying things, I’m making another career shift this year at 52 by doing a one year teacher certification program so I can teach school while I put my youngest kid through college and get that boost to my retirement fund. I’ll still write too! I have a whole group of friends over 50 who are healthy, educated, and new empty nesters going back into the workforce. We’re a massive asset to America. Women over 40 can do anything!

  34. Hello!
    I retired from the USPS after 25 years, at the age of 50.
    I went through a couple of jobs, started an in-home doggy daycare/boarding business, and then decided I wanted to own a vintage themed motel somewhere in small town America.
    Sold my house in Florida, and moved to New Mexico to pursue my dream. Four years later, after working non-stop to take the motel from blah to a destination, I’m ready for the next big thing. The motel is on the market and at 57, I’m making new dreams.
    I did B-School last year and loved it, and it helped give me the push to keep on forging new goals, rather than just sticking with the one I had accomplished.
    There is no longer any “too old” if you have the motivation to do something!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Laurie, you.are.amazing. Thank you for sharing your words here so that they can inspire someone else along the path of their journey. What a gift!

  35. I totally believe we can reinvent ourselves at any and I do think that some changes are more feasible than others.
    I am almost 46 and have contemplated going into law – something I wanted to do when I was a kid before realizing I really wanted to be in music (which hasn’t actually been going as well I had hoped). But by the time I get the degree, my third one, I’ll be 50 and then, by the time you do the articleing and everything, I’ll be at least 55 before I get to do any “lawyering stuff” 😉 I’m not sure it’s worth it. And there’s also the fear of making another mistake – even though you’re learning and gaining clarity through the process you still have to start all over again with the clock ticking if you have chosen the wrong path.

    So, my point is some shifts are more complicated and take more preparation than others. But I do believe we all deserve to be doing what we love at any age! 🙂

  36. Marie!
    My daughter loves your stuff, and switched me onto you.
    I left the radio business 7 years ago and was determined to not just “run out the clock”.
    Growing my voiceover business and have started a YouTube Channel to empower, encourage and inspire my fellow members of the Baby Boomer generation.
    It’s called “Embrace The Boom”.
    I’m also marketing mugs to provide a daily reminder along with that blast of caffeine to: Live Your Life. Forget Your Age. Embrace The Boom.
    Godspeed to all!

  37. Jan

    Hi Marie
    This pep talk was just what I needed! I am starting a business at a very advanced age and although I am fairly tech savvy still have misgivings that I am too old and people will laugh! It’s hard jumping from employee to business owner but I know I can do it. Will keep this video for when I need a boost. Thank you for all that you do. You are amazing.
    Jan

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      You’ve got this, Jan! Cheering you on and here to give you a boost whenever you need it.

  38. It’s never too late, Went back to school at 43 with two little ones at home. and started my own business at 50.
    As long as you are passionate and listen to Marie you can do it 😉💪🏽

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You’re AMAZING, Jeanne-Marie! What an inspiration. Thank you for sharing 🙏🏻

  39. At 48, I am re-entering the work force after 20 years. I’m a professional certified coach serving lawyers who want to develop their leadership and soft skills to support their technical legal skills. Scary–but launched the business YESTERDAY! My biggest struggle now is figuring out how to position myself on Linked In given my 20-year hiatus for raising kids.
    Thanks for the energy boost! We’ve got a lot to offer, gals, watch out world!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Wow, Karen – congrats on launching your new business! This sounds like such an incredible way to use your gifts and support lawyers. Amen to that, watch out world – here you come! So glad this gave you a little boost of encouragement. We’re cheering you on as you start this exciting new chapter! XO

  40. Rose

    Hi Marie. WOW! Ask the Universe and it delivers! I am 59 years old and recently relocated back to NY from a small ski town in Vermont and where I owned and operated my own retail business. Prior to that I worked in the culinary division of a popular ski resort (LOVED IT). Before THAT, I spent almost 30 years on Wall Street (LOVED THAT TOO). I am now embarking on a career NYC Real Estate. Call me crazy. Age has less to do with my ‘fear’ than wondering if I really have it in me yet again. I’m pretty sure I do but I’ll only know that if I give it my all. Life is too short to be stuck in a job when there is a burning desire to express yourself differently and I am here to tell you, from experience, that later on in life, you do not want your regrets to outweigh your fears. Also, making sure you do something that you enjoy and doesn’t keep you up at night with worry is paramount to good life balance. The only other thing I will say is LEARN. LEARN. LEARN and continue learning. Life is as small as you make it.
    Keep doing what you do and thank you for that extra little push today. 🙂

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Rose, thank you SO much for sharing your story and wisdom here. We absolutely LOVE that you’ve had so many different careers over the years, and that you continue to evolve in new ways that support your joy, creativity, and well-being. You’re so inspiring! I love what you said about living in a way that ensures your regrets won’t outweigh your fears, beautiful. We’re wishing you so much fulfillment as you embark on your new career in real estate!

  41. Jenna Amundson

    I am 48 years old and currently working on getting a Post-Bac in English. I already have one Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, but always wished I would have studied English. Last year, in January I was contemplating making some changes and it my soul whispered to me that I should go back to school for something I loved, purely for no other reason than to fulfill one of my dreams. So, I said yes and off I went. Everything aligned and I took my first classes at Portland State University, after being away from school for more than 15 years, in April of last year. Now, I am one term away from completing my English degree and have still been working full-time. Along the way I fell in love with Book Publishing, and last week I submitted my application to the Master’s in Writing program at PSU with a specialization in Book Publishing. If there is something your soul is yearning to do, SAY YES! Doors have opened in all kinds of other ways because I said yes to myself. Is it hard? You bet. Am I equal to the task? You bet, and so are you! You got this, don’t let any more time go by! Keep walking the path, one step at a time and the doors will open for you.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      This is so beautiful and inspiring, Jenna! Thank you for sharing your journey, courage, and wisdom here! We’re so proud of you for saying YES to yourself and your soul. How wonderful that all kinds of new doors and opportunities are opening up for you as a result. We’re wishing you all the best with your Master’s program and this new direction!

  42. Awesome! Absolute GOLD!!
    I started my own bookkeeping business 15 years ago – and it was scary (and often still is!)
    The biggest think I learned was to get good people around you – and listen to their advice. It’s OK to sound out ideas and ask for help.
    I feel challenged every day – and do the small steps at a time approach – it really works.
    (Also a lot of deep breathing at times!)
    I am nearly 55 and feel like I am just getting started.
    Go to it!

  43. The most important lesson I’ve learned in starting my biz (5 years ago when I was 55, 100% bootstrapped) is that age can be an advantage, if! I use it to its advantage. (1) it can be a huge motivator (yes–a bias toward action, love you Marie!) b/c I literally think every.single.day that I don’t have time to waste building this business of my dreams. (2) I have used social media to build my biz (I am a craft chocolate maker, have no brick + mortar, with robust revenue growth each year) and it was my age that helped me create a niche amongst women chocolate lovers because I understood many things they were experiencing, and knew that if I was reaching for chocolate they might be too. And (3) because I’m the “wise older maker” (lol, the me in me is still 32) in a growing sector of the chocolate industry and am surrounded by younger makers, they began seeking me out for advice/help, and this has allowed me to teach classes and workshops, and grow my business in a new, and truly fulfilling direction. Thank you Team Forleo for another great #yougotthis video!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You’re so wise, Mackenzie – we adore your business and perspective on this topic! Huge kudos to you for all you’ve achieved and created. Your passion for what you do is infectious and you’re making us crave your delicious chocolate and classes over here! Keep up the amazing work 🙌🏻

  44. Boy did I ever, only found my groove at 68 and that was four years ago! And it probably stemmed from being a 2012 b-schooler. Got the ball rolling.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      We adore this and you, Susan! So happy you’ve found your groove, and grateful to have you as an amazing part of the B-School family ❤️

  45. Debbie

    Hey Team Marleo and Friends…
    I’ve changed careers several times during my life and now, soon to be 60, I’m doing it again! (After all, what’s the WORST thing that can happen?!? I mean, really.) Here’s what I’ve learned…1) There really is something to ‘committing.’ Just make the decision and do it. The Universe/God/Goddess/what-whomever DOES take action (in unimaginable ways) when YOU do and you will be surprised at the outcome(s). 2) NETWORK. Go ahead and put.it.out.there. Someone knows somebody who knows a guy or gal. It works. 3) Get help/support/training. I love my galfriends and they always support me but they don’t have the experience to give me the kind of business advice I know I need. And BTW, is it February 13th at 9am EST yet??? I’M DOING IT…SIGNING UP FOR BSCHOOL!!!!!!!! Woo hooooo…totally excited! See you all in class! *wink*

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Debbie, thank you so much for sharing your words of wisdom and support here – we couldn’t agree with you more! And we cannot WAIT to officially welcome you to B-School so soon – HOORAY! It will truly be our honor to support you in making this next chapter your best yet. See you in class! ❤️

  46. Anne

    I’m 69 tomorrow and have been a teacher, a homeschooling Mum, a health coach, a business woman growing medicinal herbs for 15 years, divorced, lived in a camper van for 11 years traveling and helping where I could, presently growing medicinal herbs for a herbalist on an organic farm (like mine was until I had to sell it for a motorway) AND have always dreamed of running a health retreat and teaching about organic farming/gardening and taking care of the land. Last year I spent 3 days in the bush and wrote the first draft of a book which I see as a promo for what I intend to do on my farm when I get it! I have other books started too and way too many ideas…I have been invited to do a talk on the need for organics on an international forum and it scares me so much I havent done it yet. ( I’m not tech savvy and I dont know how to do a power point presentation!). I did my first organic farm consultation last month and have had 2 more inquiries…. Yay.
    Thank you for this wonderful podcast. I have been thinking I’m too old….even though I plan to live to 120! I am choosing to do what makes me happy each and every day. I think B school might be just what I need to help me with clarity and confidence and get me moving forward at a greater speed!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Anne, we absolutely adore what you do – it’s such incredibly important work! And how exciting that you’ve been getting invitations and opportunities to share your wisdom on a larger scale. We believe in you, and know you can bring this beautiful dream into reality! Just think of all those years of knowledge you have under your belt to share with others. It’s SO needed!

      We absolutely hear you about having so many ideas, you’re not alone in feeling this way. It shows just how brilliant and creative you are! I have a feeling you may find this episode of MarieTV helpful, as well: https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/03/follow-your-fear/

      It would be such an honor to welcome you to B-School and support you in building your clarity and confidence around how to best your share your gifts with the world. I’d also encourage you to check out some of our B-Schooler stories, particularly under the Farmer & Herbalist categories (sorting by Industry) here: https://marieforleobschool.com/reviews/

      We hope to connect with you in the program, Anne!

  47. I sure did change careers. At 50 I quit my job teaching music in public schools for 25 years! Didn’t really know what I was doing next. It took a few years before I took B-School, but that is what really opened me up to the possibilities. I got clarity and tools. I met fellow online entrepreneurs who were growing purpose-guided businesses. And when I combined that with investing in a coaching program, I am now stepping into my business in such a powerful way. I have never felt more on purpose and fulfilled. And I get to design this life I am living. And adjust it as I go. I absolutely LOVE my clients and the work I am doing in the world supporting Healers and Channelers to be more visible so they can have the impact they came here to have and live the life of their dreams. Thank you Marie Forleo for helping us all see that we truly can have a business and life we love!! I love watching the world opening to more and more people awakening to their gifts and shining their lights in the world. It is more important than ever before for us all to be seen. Kisses to you, Marie and Team Forleo!!!!Mmmmwah!

  48. Hi Marie,
    Thanks for posting this today. I’m struggling a bit with the whole “Am I too old?” thing for a few reasons:
    1. I’m over 60, and what I want to do is in the music field. Not exactly known for embracing age.
    2. It feels to me like my plans have a long tail, and I already paid some pretty heavy dues to build my first career (which wasn’t at all related to what I want to do now). I feel like I could run out of time before I gain enough traction to make this work.
    3. I have to be fiscally responsible, in that I have less ability to recover financially than I would have have at 30 or 40.
    That being said, I’m going for it. “It” being to craft a business that includes performing my original music AND teaching people how to think like a songwriter when telling their important stories. Not the least is the story we tell ourselves.
    I’ve got all kinds of ideas: workshops where I walk through songwriting principles to help people tell stories others want to “sing along” with, helping people mine their stories and find the redemptive/empowering truths in them that they’ve previously missed, helping people find their voice through a combination of voice coaching and working through their stories, helping teams work together by crowd-writing a song that they can use as a rallying cry. I could go on.
    I take action, but the list of actions needed to create something like feels like it won’t be done until I’m 70. And I can’t seem to settle on one idea or plan. Because all of it sounds really cool to me. So far I’ve been doing what could work with all the ideas, trying not to commit to just one. And then that voice in my head says, “Who wants to listen to you anyway?”

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Kathleen, your ideas and visions are all SO beautiful! Never forget how important the power of music and expression are for humanity and our collective souls. We love that you’re committing to moving forward with this dream, no matter what self-doubts come up along the way. Remember, regardless of how long it may take to build your business over time (very natural), you’ll always be glad that you started TODAY instead of say, one year from now.

      If you’re ever needing some encouragement and reminders of why you’re doing this, watch these episodes:
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2013/09/value-what-you-do/
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/02/business-confidence/

      You can do this, we believe in you, and your gifts are so needed in this world!

      • Kathleen Thompson

        Thank you so much, Julie.

  49. Teresa S

    Hello Team Forleo,
    Thank you for this video. Perfect timing, really. I am 35, and I am currently on maternity leave with my fourth child. Before I left on maternity leave, I was reminded of how hard it can be to work in the healthcare field with chronic staff shortages and practices that don’t necessarily promote true healing. Think Band aids…Large band aids. Although my current career has been a blessing, I started to notice that I truly enjoyed listening to my patients and their stories in the short time I had with them as a cardiac Sonographer. Sometimes their stories would be the only thing keeping me from burnout and the only thing I’d look forward to each day (at work). I’m not sure if it’s because of the clarity I’ve gained over the last few weeks of maternity leave that brought me to this decision, but I’ve finally decided to go back to school. I have implemented the simple practice of doing at least one thing each day to work towards my goal. I am happy to say that I am now registered at a local community college to take pre-requisite classes to apply for graduate school to become a clinical psychologist. I believe that true change starts in the mind, and when the mind is healthy, all else will follow. I have also applied for a managerial position at my current job in order to gain more experience and make the most out of my transition. And finally, I am happy to say that I am a B-Schooler for life. I look forward to being more active in it this year with my renewed focus. Who knows, maybe launching an online presence focused on Moms going back to school will be in my near future. One day and one thing at a time, that’s for sure.
    Thank you, Team Forleo.
    Teresa S

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Teresa, we adore your clarity so much! It’s wonderful that you’re making the most of this time on maternity leave to take concrete action steps towards a new career for yourself. This is SO exciting! Huge kudos for taking these actions and setting things in motion during this transitional time. We’re honored to have you as an amazing part of the B-School family and cannot wait to see all that’s ahead for you. Keep us posted, we’re cheering you on every step of the way! XOXO

  50. I’ve written blogs about this very topic!
    The blog below was inspired by you, Marie, when you asked a question on this forum, “What’s your safe job and what’s your inspirational one?” Such a great question (a couple years ago maybe, but so good)

    And another one I posted last year about getting over being too old or too late to start something new.

    Great topic and oh so relevant!!! Thanks for being you and changing the world!

  51. Joanna NicciTina Free

    This spoke to me, Marie!
    Launched a major (whew) career change in my early fifties, which included a shift to working from home. It felt so bold (and insane) and so confounding… stumbling my way in.
    Then – in the same year! – my mum-in-law (who was living with us) had a stroke and began a descent into dementia and the need for steady care… and there I was in the house to care for her. Talk about timing. And, honestly, I’m not that caring… hahahaha… and she didn’t want to need anyone’s help, either. She fought it. It took massive energy to keep showing up for her in those early years.
    In 2019, ten years later, with lots of squeeeezing in my work between my caring for her, she’s passed, surrounded by our love and care… and unexpectedly, my own mom passed, too. OMG. That was heartbreaking. So last year was mourning, shifting, cleaning out their homes and gifting their belongings, and a lot of travel to honor their lives and our own. Scattering ashes. Reconnecting.
    On January 1st of this year I woke and thought, This is my year. I turned to my partner and said, Honey, this is OUR year. We both had a (another) good cry.
    Yes.
    So here we are. I’ve begun a podcast and have a small following of listeners who are benefiting and offering sweet feedback. I’m sharing what I know, and we’re learning together. I’m writing the new edition of the book I wrote and self-published ten – 10! -years ago.
    I’m now 63. Sixty-three years young. Honestly, I feel more like 36 than 63. It’s surprising, thrilling to me, how young I DO feel, especially in light of allll of the above, and how excited to grow this meaningful work that brings benefit – financial and otherwise – to me and to those I serve.
    You’re such an inspiration, Marie. There were a few times when I felt like giving up completely. I’d watch one of your videos and listen to your ending tagline, and tears would well up in my eyes. I felt so tired!
    I knew – know – that what I have to offer – and LOVE to do – is of great use. There are so many of us who know the fire that is in us, and are looking to bring it to light, to life. It brings me enormous pleasure to offer what I do, though putting it out there felt soooooooooo exhausting sometimes. Now, it’s steady, daily action. As you said, Action is powerful.
    Thank you for cheering us on in the ways you do. You were one of those lifelines during a time when I wondered how, if, when I’d come out the other side.
    Bless you!
    Joanna NicciTina Free

    • Joanna NicciTina Free

      …and honestly, finding a community – and creating more community – changed EVERYTHING. I could not do any of this alone.
      So, I’d say to anyone who feels like they’re floundering: Get yourself some community. Whether it’s B School (which I can’t comment on; I’ve not attended) or whatever else, just don’t effort along by yourself; we’re not meant to. These bigger-than-us challenges come to us, I believe, to connect us more fully and deeply to one another. So let’s connect. This is a wonderful space you’ve created, Team Forleo, for people to find one another and grow their own Teams!

      • Hi Joanna, your timing with this comment is priceless. I had a good cry this morning after meditation and admitted I can’t do it alone and I don’t want to do it alone. I’ve been pushing on, struggling, trying to work it all out, and tired of being on the poverty line to be honest 🙁 I work hard, I’m good at what I do but, yeah, floundering. I want success.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Joanna! You are SO inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us here. It means the world to know that Marie’s words and work have been supportive for you in more challenging periods, and we’re truly sorry to hear about your dear mom and mum-in-law. I can tell from what you’ve shared just how deeply caring and generous your heart really IS! And yes – this is your year! We love hearing about all the progress you’ve made and consistent action you’ve taken. You’re amazing. Keep it up, and know that we’re cheering you on big time over here on Team Forleo in all you do!

  52. Hi Marie!
    I am a teacher of twenty-five years as well, so this definitely spoke to me. Thank you for sharing!
    Shannon Russell-Hinds

  53. Laura

    I loved this episode! I am 53 years old and I want to change my career. I´ve been a graphic designer all my working life and I don´t want to keep doing “corporate” design. I would like to do something related to the things I care about, animals, pets, environment, but I am not sure where to start. I don´t have experience in those fields directly and I am not sure if I want to use my design skills for those causes or to write about them. I feel that if I charge for my work it is not right to do it for a cause, but I need to make a living. I want to stop doing work that is not meaningful. How can I combine earning a living with helping a cause? I know I can help causes in my free time, but then… what career change I will do? When people talk about a career change, I imagine something BIG, 100% different, but I can´t find any ideas on what to do next…

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      We’re so happy this episode resonated with you, Laura! Always remember, that even if your previous career and skills don’t apply directly to your new chosen career path, they will undoubtedly ADD to your success and unique skill-set, no matter what you choose to do next. Graphic design is such a tremendous asset in today’s world and can really set you and your work apart!

      Doing work that is deeply meaningful to you personally is so important when it comes to building a fulfilling career. I think you’ll find these episodes really inspiring in this regard:
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2011/05/single-important-factor-business/
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/04/chris-guillebeau/
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/03/special-gifts/

      We really hope this helps to spark some new ideas and perspectives for you on next steps!

      • Laura

        Thank you, Julia for your reply and advise! I am sure those videos will really help.

  54. Marie,
    I am a Social worker and I love what I do, however, I would like help in positioning myself the right way. I am looking forward to tips and helpful ways to position myself, because I have a lot of areas I can focus on, and this is not how it’s the most successful. I need help with narrowing it down. I really appreciate your videos and looking forward to finally scaling my business to reach and help as many people as I can.

    You are such an inspiration and I have been waiting to get into B school for three years, but life’s circumstances occurred.

    Thank You for all Your inspiration through the years.
    Looking forward to B School and working on the videos are done.

    Thank You,
    Lori English, MSW

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Lori! We’re so happy you’re here and tuning into our free training videos, as well. There are definitely some great nuggets of wisdom in those from Marie on how to effectively position yourself to succeed in business, which we go into much more depth on within the full B-School program. It would be SUCH an honor to continue supporting you in taking your business to the next level this year!

  55. Awesome Cynthia! Yesss! I mean after all, we’ve got most of our working life ahead of us! Might as well make it great. 🙂

  56. Sounds like me. I was 58, in graduate school, supporting two boys who were in college, both out of the Country. I had had enough and quite my three figure job as CEO/President of an NGO to go into business as a coach and consultant.
    I now work with Women going through transition, and I see huge results and happiness in clients as they realize that their dreams are possible – or even as they work through their life to source their dreams.
    It was hard, but I am determined and now after three years I am seeing success. Never too late!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Way to go, Maeve! You’re so brave for making this big shift and following your heart’s passion to support other women. Keep going! It’s such beautiful, important work you’re doing ❤️

  57. Hi, my first time commenting here. I had a life change at 40, well it was 37 and I was earlier than many who take up the challenge of their Uranus opposition. I went from being a Bank Manager in 1997 to doing full-time spiritual work by 2000. I am now a full time consciousness-based astrologer (sidereal) and Inner Space Techniques practitioner. This is a huge change from the corporate world. I’m approaching 60 and really want to step it up. It’s the last hurrah – all or nothing time. I just need to market myself better!

  58. Barb

    I loved this episode, along with all of the others you do Marie. I am in my late 60’s, retired as a Special Education teacher. I reinvented myself by becoming a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. I now teach adults and even created a program for kiddos fusing literacy with yoga. One is never too old to grow and evolve and make our world a kinder place to live.

  59. OH MY GOODNESS! This question could have come straight from my mouth. I’m 37 and in the midst of making a big career change into a writing business that has been my dream for years (even before I knew it). I joined B-school last year, and it changed my life. I’m still working both jobs right now (full-time remotely in the nonprofit software world while I continue to build my writing business) so that I can keep living my other dreams of homeschooling and traveling full-time, but I know I’ll take the leap full-time into my business when the time is right.

    Keep going, Joanne, listen to everything Marie tells you, and get into B-school if you haven’t already. I’ll see ya there, and I’m cheering for you!

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      This is so beautiful, Celeste! It sounds like you have a very solid and wise plan to help get your writing business off the ground. You should be extremely proud of the progress you’ve made so far, and we’re delighted to have you as a B-Schooler. Please keep us updated on your success as you grow your business, and of course, we can’t wait to see you for the live round of B-School coming up soon! We’re cheering you on! 🎉🎉🎉

  60. Hello,
    I was on the verge of turning thirty-three years old, and I was a cashier in a food store. I applied to college and was accepted and became a social worker and worked two jobs. I believe you can do what you want and if you believe in yourself you can do anything.

    I got my master’s degree and a certified social worker. If you work smart and have the motivation and resources you can do anything you want.
    I was always someone who wanted to help others and being a mental health social worker was my dream. I’m grateful for my journey, and the lessons I learned along the way.
    Lori English-

  61. I’m not officially in my 40s+, but I’ve worked in one field for 10 years and am using the “Clarity Comes From Engagement, Not Thought” mindset to move towards my business more and more. <3 I'm also a B-schooler, which helps 🙂

    It's also crucial to remember that whatever we do, will be giving us skills and experience that is transferable for whatever we want to do!

    Daily small steps are how I've done everything in my life, so I am 100% in agreement. The next baby step, to move me 0.5 along the scale of my journey is so helpful to break through overwhelm.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      SO smart, Katy-Rose! Small, baby steps help keep our brains from getting overwhelmed, and when we look in the rear-view mirror, we see how much progress we’ve actually made (which is usually a lot!). You’re doing amazing, and we’re honored to have you in our community. 💖

  62. Great episode! And perfect timing; I’m in the middle of a career change and it feels a little overwhelming at times. One thing that really helps me is actually helping others. No matter where you’re at, you’re most likely one step ahead of someone else. When someone asks me for advice I’m so enthusiastic to jump in and help in any way I can…only to realize I’m not taking that same advice myself! So now, whenever someone asks for help or advice, I take mental note of the recommendations I give them and make sure I’m also taking that action myself.

  63. Silviya

    Hi from Bulgaria!
    I love this episode! Let me tell you my story.
    I’m 36 and I am a lawyer with my own legal practice and I teach in a university. I graduated from law school in 2008 and immediately started working as an in-house lawyer. In 2015 I realized this is not for me. I needed the freedom to be my own boss and to make my own decision. So I quit my day job and started my own law practice. At almost the same time an opportunity appeared to start teaching law in a university.
    So at the moment, I am working full-time as a lawyer and a university professor. Every other week I’m traveling to another city (6 hours by bus in one direction) to teach at the university.
    In 2017 I needed to write a few books for my academic career and after I finished them I realized that writing is what I wanna do for the rest of my life. I’ve always dreamed of being a writer but due to the external influence and prejudice, I never before considered a writing career.
    But for 2 years I was doing nothing because I was constantly wondering, “Isn’t it too late?” or “How can I start everything all over again? What about those 16 years of my life that I studied and tried to become the best in my field? How to forget them?” And those questions were stopping me from doing what I really wanted to do with all my heart!
    Until last year, when two things happened:
    1. I had an awful but very enlightening experience that made me realize that being a lawyer is not at all what I wanted to do, and
    2. It happened so that my husband and I were not able to see each other for a few weeks because we both were constantly traveling.
    That was the moment I realized that something in my life needs to change drastically. That was the moment I realized that it’s not too late and that if I wasted 16 years of my life and do nothing, I would end up wasting the whole of my life!
    Now I am making the first steps in my fiction writing career and also planning to start my own business helping other writers and creatives who struggle to find the right way as I did. I still work my two jobs (because, well I need to pay bills, right?) But as soon as I can start making some money I will quit both of them and devote myself to what I’m passionate about – writing and helping others.
    I know this was a way too long comment but I hope my story will help others.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      This is awesome, Silviya! Your story reminds me of the quote, “Your life and career isn’t a ladder, it’s a jungle gym!” What a beautiful example of how life can take us on a meandering path to uncover our passions. Thank you so much for sharing your big heart and story with us. I agree –– your story will absolutely inspire others who find themselves at a fork in the road.

      It’s so cool you’ve uncovered a deep love for writing and fiction! All of us here on Team Forleo are cheering you on as you make that dream a reality. Keep going, and please keep us updated on your success. 🌟📚

  64. Hey Marie, just wanted to thank you as I am currently in #NYC on a study trip with the Art & Design foundation degree course I started last September. This time last year I was listening to your podcasts and wondering what to do with my life as I am nearly 50 and had just had a major consultancy project client drop me leaving me with no other work planned as I had cleared my calendar to focus on their 18 month project. I had always wanted to study Art but had followed the ‘ proper job’ route after school and never really thought I could justify going to Art school. I plucked up the courage to apply and got accepted and have figured out how to combine my studies with part time eork and building my two businesses to pay my way through college and am loving it! I am following your EIF mantra to the fullest and am happier than I have been in years! Thank you Marie, you have changed my life. Ann from Glastonbury UK

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Amazing, Ann!! Congratulations on getting into art school AND making the time to work & study. You should be extremely proud of yourself, and being a student is no easy task. We’re honored the EIF philosophy has helped fuel you on your journey, and all of us on Team Forleo are doing a big happy dance for you! Keep going, and please be sure to let us know how your creative life progresses. 🎉🎨

  65. Diane Angelone

    Hi Marie and Joanne,
    When I was 53 I really wanted to take a career break from office administration so I applied for a cabin crew position with British Airways and was hired!! I did it for two years and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. I had doubts because I wasn’t the typical age of a new entrant but if you don’t try you will never know. Wishing you the best with your new endeavour!
    Diane xx

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Diane! That’s so courageous of you to put yourself out there and try something new. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story here! xoxo

  66. I sold the martial arts school that I established in NYC and moved to San Diego in 2014.
    I wanted to create a holistic way to earn my living, something that would incorporate my years of experience as a musician and love of the arts, my decades of working in a range of bars, restaurants and hotels, and the extensive personal growth and development training I had done for myself and shared with others.
    It doesn’t look like I had originally imagined, but I love my new life!
    I invested into a property that I use for short term rentals and events, including weddings and retreats. My new partner (another perk of moving across the country) and I make art together and share it with our communities. I am the event organizer for the local art festival. I also helped establish my fiancee’s welding business and am offering my services to others in the form of coaching and consulting. I will be 48 this year.
    It’s come together slower than I’d have liked, and I’m still working on increasing my income, but I know that I can create whatever life I choose. We all can.
    The quote that’s been coming to mind a lot lately is “Go as far as you can see, when you get there you will see farther.”

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You are such an inspiration, Dawn-Marie. How brave of you to listen to the deeper call of your soul and move across the country. We adore that you’re integrating your many passions and talents into a holistic lifestyle you LOVE. It really sounds like you’re contributing so much to your community through your love of the arts. Huge kudos to you for taking the leap and going for your dreams, in total faith! 💗🙌🏻

  67. I was an international bond trader for over 10 years on Wall Street when I decided to make my career change. I decided to return to school to become a physical therapist. The best advice I can give during that transition, is to keep an open mind and don’t assume that you are starting over. Because you are not! My Wall Street experience has served me 10x over in my new career; especially when I opened up my business.

  68. From Social Media Marketing and Content Writing, I dove into Conversions Copywriting specializing in Email and Launch Copy. #careerchange
    But it wasn’t a walk in the park internally. Because I have that inner voice telling me I ‘m not good enough..But it’s the skill I’ve been wanting to do since I started freelancing. That inner voice just always tells me the same thing over and over again. But once I decided and put that new focus on my online profiles, I got clients!
    However, one of the main things I also did was to choose a specific market and identify their biggest pain in relation to my chosen skill/service. I think that’s what made the leap easier.
    I wish you Joanne a smooth career/business transition and success! 💃😘

  69. I made a huge career change from a corporate position with endless hours (but a great salary) to becoming self employed as a speaker, counselor and eventually Doctor of Metaphysical Healing. Although my enthusiasm to jump all in at once was very strong, I built my business gradually. My willingness to do the work and training with patience produced results quicker than I imagined. This change was also made while building a house, having babies, and always continuing my education on all parts of being in the business and working on the business. Remaining a student for life keeps me feeling young, inspired and always growing in what I can offer my clients. LOVE B-School!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Amazing, Christine! We love everything about this and appreciate you sharing about your unique journey. Yes – patience really is key to building great things over time. You’re a living example of this, and we adore your “student for life” attitude. Here’s to continuing to grow! XOXO

  70. Hi dears,
    Yes, I changed completely my life at 39 years old. I was economist in an art- school in Romania. With a master degree and 14 years experience. But “visual arts” was my real love, I painted a lot, made exhibitions, book illustrations and become member of professional artists of Romania.
    But I wanted to study anthroposophical art (Rudolf Steiner) and I came to Switzerland.
    After 5 hard years I had my diploma in painting and art education.
    Now I’m a Swiss artist and teacher, I’m working Art Therapie.
    I love my life.
    Follow the dream is the secret.
    Thank you Marie for teaching me now how to do more.

  71. Awilda

    I love everything about this!!! I am 54 years old and I can honestly say, I am living my best life. As I’ve gotten older, I have been able to shift my thinking and just go after things that I want. The first half of my life, I’d worked at jobs that I was for the most part okay with but never truly satisfied. After being “laid off” a few years ago…. and by that, I actually mean fired, I decided I’m going to go after all the things I’ve wanted to do… the things I am passionate about. I love learning, I love supporting people and I love writing. So in the last few years, I have earned certifications in various health coaching programs, NLP and MER Practitioner, Hypnotherapy and I am currently on my way to earning my Bachelor’s Degree in English. I have been published in several anthologies and will soon be releasing my first children’s book. And later this year, I will be finally realizing a dream of traveling internationally and visiting Switzerland and Spain. My body at times will remind me that I’m older, but my mind and my heart feel so alive and never better!! You’re never too old to change. It’s all in the mindset and the actions you take to improve yourself… your life.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You are simply AMAZING, Awilda! Thank you so much for sharing your story here with us, we know it will inspire many. Proud of you for creating the life of your dreams!!

  72. Originally trained as an Executive Secretary and working for a national industry icon for 10 years, I was devastated when my department was shut down and I was let go. Although I had another job lined up, the lure of entrepreneurship was too great to ignore. I discovered that I just LOVE partnering with job-seekers to bring out their unique value that employers WANT when hiring someone new. Forming my own business in 1985 (waaaaaaaaaaaaay before the Internet and social media took over the world), I discovered that my key to success was delivering personalized attention to each and every client I work with.

    As I approach a milestone birthday later this year (modesty precludes me from revealing my actual age in this platform), I am preparing to embrace a new “side hustle” – that of Zumba instructor. Zumba contributed to my losing over 50 lbs. in just 1 year, and I continue to attend Zumba classes at least 3 times a week without fail. I look easily 15+ years younger than my actual age, and I believe that Zumba would allow me to inspire others to adopt – and sustain – healthy habits.

    Thank you SO MUCH, Marie, for posting this particular gem! By the time you read this note, I will have shared this with my career buddies on social media. (And … I can tell you that you have some VERY loyal fans in the careers space.)

    Wishing you and Josh a Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      We love this, Marian! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. We also LOVE movement, dance, and exercise on Team Forleo and we’re all cheering for you as you become a Zumba instructor.

      Have tons of fun, and Happy Valentine’s right back at you 😘

  73. Hello Marie! I love this post. Very informative! I wonder what guidance you might provide for someone who is not necessarily looking to be an entrepreneur. I am a 57-year-old who has worked in the telecommunications industry for 23 years. I am ready to make a change and have gotten very interested in sustainability and waste reduction, but am struggling with how to transition from my current job to following my passion. Any thoughts there?

  74. Hi Marie!!! I’m 61 yrs young and am going on my 3rd career change and this time it’s my dream career. I did BSchool last year and am doing it again because I need clarity!! I’m 90% there and am so excited to start my new business. My age is just a number and i still feel like I’m 16 and on my way to a great future. Everything is Figureoutable for sure!!

  75. Betsy

    I could not agree more: It’s never too late to make a career change. I did this in my 40’s from a corporate job (that was my dream job) to my real estate career (my other dream job). It was a huge leap of faith. I’m now approaching 60 and think I still have another dream job in my future. As Marie says, little steps every day. I am a graduate of “B School” and can attest to its value in helping my success in my current job and whatever I may do. A wealth of information!

    • Emily - Team Forleo

      Yesss, Betsy! That is so awesome, thank you for sharing your career change experience. Little steps indeed! We appreciate your kind words about B-School– we can’t wait to “see you” in this year’s program!

  76. Yeees! I made a big career change a few years back and I’m forever greateful to MarieTV and B-School for guiding me onto the right path. Watching the show religiously every week and later on joining B-School gave me the tools I needed to grow and, maybe most importantly, to believe I could make it happen.
    One of the biggest lessons was learning to slow down and trust the prccess. At first it meant keeping by day job for two years while I growing my buisness and later it meant focusing on giving a great experience locally before focusing on international clients. There’s always new challenges and things to achieve, but remembering to trust the process and not rush things has really made a difference.
    For anyone thinking of joing B-School pleeeeease do it! It’s really, really awesome.

    • Emily - Team Forleo

      You’re AMAZING, Victoria! Woohoo!

  77. I am 58 and just launched my new leadership business on January 3rd! Inspired by B-School, Copy Cure, Tribe and Life School Certification (all in 2019, because I had to re-tool and learn about business!!!)….I am on my way to living the life of my dreams. Its only been 6 weeks, I have projected revenue over 100K and have time to care for my elderly parents and new grandson. Marie, your voice is in my head everyday as the Figureoutable philosophy and learnings come to life with each obstacle. Because each one just presents an opportunity for me to learn something new.

  78. Vanessa Ruiz

    Wow! I’ve been watching MarieTV for a loooong time but only on YouTube! It’s my first time commenting on the blog — second, actually, because the first was a comment to send my B-School Scholarship application!!!! The community is so amazing. I’m about to turn 35 (March 1st) and I’m going through a biiigggg career change right now! Getting so much energy from the comments 🙂 Thanks Team Forleo and everyone!

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Welcome, Vanessa! We’re so glad you’re feeling the energy here in the comments. The website really is a magical place 😊✨Happy early birthday! We’re cheering you on as you make this change and sending you tons of Team Forleo love 💖

      • Vanessa Ruiz

        Yesss, I can totally feel it! Oh, thank you so much, Kate!!! \o/ Btw, do you think you could help me with a technological issue? This picture of mine that shows up here automatically, I understand it’s connected to my e-mail, right? But it’s ten years-old now and even though I feel so much love for that young lady, I wish I could update my profile picture. Do you happen to know what service should I access to do that? Thanks a lot!! <3

        • Kate - Team Forleo

          Hey Vanessa, you’re very welcome! Your photo is connected to a Gravatar account. Head over to gravatarDOTcom to update it 😊If that doesn’t do the trick, you may want to reach out to your email provider or the Gravatar team for further help.

          • Vanessa Ruiz

            Yay!! It worked 🙂 Been so long I forgot the service name. Thanks again, Kate! <3

  79. At 57 I left my corporate leadership role at a financial services firm to ‘go out on my own’. I tackled B-School, became a Desire Map and Fire Starter Session Facilitator, a certified life and business coach and launched a private practice. I am having a blast working with clients that were drawn to my approach, but it is no surprise that I the universe is guiding me to work with women who are nearing or in their 3rd Act. Thanks for this podcast it is welcome reinforcement that over 50 does not mean we are done contributing. Thanks for your light in the world Marie (and team)

    • Maja - Team Forleo

      You have such an inspiring story and so much to be proud of, Jacquie! We’re honored to have you in our B-School community. Thank you so much for sharing!

  80. Nataliia

    I like these stories.

  81. I totally believe we can reinvent ourselves at any and I do think that some changes are more feasible than others.I think, if you feel like making a career change at any age, you should absolutely do it. I am 48 years old and I am at the beginning of a new profession …We only have one life.

  82. Katherine Kim Mullin

    I am 61 and making another career change now, I am part of B-School and look forward to launching my expertise online. I am on my 4th career and 3rd business. I own a Commercial Real Estate Business and formerly owned a Placement Agency, Service Bureau and Training Center. I was a Mentor/Coach/Trainer for Small Businesses as well. Have a great day all!

  83. Hi Marie! I have a major career change story to share and hope that it is helpful 🙂
    I’m 52 years old and I’ve been practicing veterinary medicine for 10 years. That means I graduated at 42, that means I started at 37. That means I did three years of prerequisites while running my company and raising my daughter before that. And before that I originally graduated with a BA in Spanish with two minors in political science and economics. So this means a couple things: 1. anything and everything is figureoutable , if you want it bad enough and your why is big enough. 2. When you take the limits off yourself, and stop living for what other people you know and don’t know think you should do and be, everything becomes figure outbl (Thank you voice to text) and I’m leaving this mistake here To shout a big F you to perfection

    • Sarah M - Team Forleo

      YES to all of that, Elena. You rock –for trusting yourself, for building toward your dream when it was anything but simple, and for sharing your story to inspire others. We’ll also echo that “F you” to perfectionism any day 🙂

  84. wan norhafliza

    Hi Marie, I’m Wan from Malaysia,37 Derby University, UK grad in BHSc Mgmt Accounting would like to ask you a very tough question regarding my going to be a new hobby (actually new career to be). Since now everybody here has to be quarantined or stay put at home for almost a month owing to COVID-19 so I take this chance to write. (That’s what I want to be!!! a freelance writer!). I am a busy teacher pinning at the workplace from 6 am to 6 pm (sometimes even later than that) but I do need to find some side income to contribute to my family. To add to this…freelance writer suits me because I love reading. However, I do have a big problem here in the English language, I couldn’t write well as I am lacking in English proficiency. Yes, my English conversation sounded pretty well but not when in my writing. I went/browse through lots of free writing courses on the net but all require good English grammar builders, the more you know the advance word the better your writing. It hints to me that I do not have the capabilities to become a writer. I never watch your video before till tonight when I was browsing through for some techniques in writing, accidentally I click on your video. I keep on watching one after another till I start to reach you by email. Would you please give me some ideas or suggestions on how to continue my writing hobby and pursuing my career and gain some extra income for my family. FYI, I did open my personal website, just trying to post some clips though I know my writing is not that well and to be honest I did take some of the ideas/points from the net when I do not know how to translate and transmit them in English to my reader. Please come back to me. WAN

  85. Sarah M - Team Forleo

    Hi Wan! It’s awesome that you’re looking to use this time to explore your love of writing while also thinking of ways to earn a some extra income for your family. Have you thought about looking for freelance writing work in your native language? You might also consider looking for other freelance gigs unrelated to writing (like data entry or customer service, for example) to meet your income need while building your English writing experience. Those are just a few thoughts to explore, feel free to reach out to us at infoATmarieforleo.com if you want to chat further 🧡

  86. Where do I begin…

    I’ve been looking for this type of advice. The universe sure has a way of doing things. I am a teacher, turingn 37 soon. I’ve always been in education. Lately, I’ve been searching for something more. Something that can ignite that spark again. I, however, don’t have a direction. I am feeling lost and confused. I know I don’t want to teach anymore but I don’t know what else to do. Last year, I wanted to take that leap of faith and not return. The idea of not knowing where I’ll end up, truly scared me. I ended up returning as a teacher but my heart isn’t in it anymore. I am unhappy.

    I must add, I am also making a bold move. I am planning to move from California to Houston. Yikes! I am a native Angelino, the thought of moving is scary itself. Now add a career change. Any thoughts? Has anyone been in my shoes before?

  87. This is really uplifting to read! Overcoming doubts can be so hard, no matter the age. So even though I am still in my twenties, I feel I can take away some valuable lessons from these insights and the idea that you can reinvent your life at any point.

  88. creece

    Hi Marie,
    I’ve made big changes in my modest career all throughout my 57 years. But starting on my golden age (50th birthday) seven years ago, I begun worrying how to go on being productive in the work industry when my overseas contract expired. At that time, I needed to undergo a minor but urgent surgery that nevertheless would spell life or death for me. Fast forward, I succeeded in reformatting, reinventing, rejuvenating my career in full throttle until without any preliminaries, quarantine lock down happened in a matter of hours which forced people including me to take involuntary and indefinite “vacation”. All the steps you have mentioned and other actions I learned from self-help life-course books, I applied them all to be able to transcend ageism at work in my early golden years. At present, in this quarantined lifestyle, I again allocate and spend time to pick up myself to revise my action plans to be one of the fittest to survive this pandemic. The pandemic is a level field and a fair game for everyone – old and young alike. The young need wise counsel, moral support and confidence from us experienced folks, and we see hope and the future in the younger generations. I believe that the fear factor of the unknown brought about by this crisis forced people to be personally independent and economically interdependent regardless of age.

    • Kristina - Team Forleo

      Hi, Creece! Thank you so much for sharing this, and what a beautiful story you have. We’re thrilled this video resonated with you, and it sounds like you’ve done a lot since your wonderful golden birthday. Keep up the amazing work you’re doing!

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