New beginnings are exhilarating right? Sure, they can be scary at first, but taking that first step towards living your dream is huge.
When you have been chasing the same dream for a while though, it can be easy to feel discouraged.
The joy of loving what you do, can be replaced with self-doubt. It’s hard to keep going when you are not seeing the results you would like quite yet.
What often comes up in my mind at times like these is – Is it worth it? Is it worth all the struggle? The hard work? Will my dreams ever cross paths with reality?
For many of us, we feel we have limited time. We worry about how old we are, or if we have missed our shot?
But these inspiring stories have reminded me that there is actually no time-line on our dreams. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to success.
1. Vera Wang entered the fashion industry when she was 40. She is now one of the world’s top designers.
2. Samuel Jackson landed his first major role in Spike Lee’s ‘Jungle Fever’ at the age of 39.
3. Henry Ford created the ‘Model T’ car when he was 45
4. Stan Lee created his first hit comic ‘The Fantastic Four’ just before he turned 39.
5. Julia child wrote her first cook book at age 50.
6. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the first of her ‘Little House’ books when she was 65. They are now classics and the basis for ‘Little house on the prairie.’
7. Oprah Winfrey was 32 when the Oprah show premiered.
8. J.K Rowling was 32 when Harry Potter was first published. She had been rejected by publishers, twelve times.
9. Gene Hackman was voted least likely to succeed in his acting class. It took him 11 years to get his first role.
10. Leonard Cohen didn’t start his music career until the age of 33.
11.Harrison Ford got his first major role in American graffiti at 31. Four years later he would play Han Solo in Star Wars.
Stories like these encourage me. I have no doubt that each of these amazingly talented people, worked at their craft and committed to it, took the hard knocks, the self-doubt, failure, the set backs and kept on going. Believing that their dream was worth it.
It reminds me that this road is much more than just our destination. Our journey doesn’t just shape our dreams, the journey shapes us.
What helps keep you motivated in working towards your dream?