Trailblazers who started late

Trailblazers who started late

In the millennial generation, there is definitely such a thing as a quarter life crisis! Especially after completing your studies and entering the adult arena, your future can seem daunting. But we at Discuss are here to tell you not to worry. You don’t need to pressure yourself to have it all so soon after uni. In fact, there are many trailblazers who were late bloomers in their careers who are now household names!

Samuel L. Jackson
Although trying to break into mainstream cinema for a long time, Samuel L. Jackson only scored his first major role in 1991, when he was 43, in Jungle Fever. These days we can’t imagine a Tarantino film without him!

Vera Wang
Vera Wang is undoubtedly one of the most influential women in fashion. But did you know that prior to launching into fashion at the age of 40 she was a journalist and a figure skater?

Alan Rickman
There was an outpouring of grief when Alan Rickman passed away in January 2016. A beloved thespian of the screen and stage, it is a surprise to know that he only secured his first major film role in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the age of 36.

Stan Lee
Well-loved comic book legend, Stan Lee, didn’t actually begin writing comic books until he was 38. His first comic book story was The Fantastic Four. Now, not unlike Alfred Hitchcock, he loves to cameo in all the film versions of his Marvel comics.

Henry Ford
A staple in the automotive industry today, Ford is a trusted and respected brand. But, pioneer Henry Ford didn’t come up with the idea for the Model T vehicle until he was 45 years old.

Charles Darwin
Evolutionary theorist and naturalist, Charles Darwin, was 50 years old when he penned the industry changing, On the Origin of Species in 1859. His theories are responsible for changing the scientific landscape in this field forever.

J.K. Rowling
Believing her dream of writing full-time would never come true, J.K. Rowling was a single mother living on benefits when at the age of 32, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. The rest is history!

So, there you have it- if you don’t catch your big break straight away, don’t panic. Hard work and perseverance are more important than overnight success.

If you’re looking to build on your entrepreneurial skills, why not consider CU’s Management and Leadership courses at CU Coventry, CU Scarborough or CU London.

Sources: Business InsiderHello Giggles