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40 Wholesome Middle-Age Success Stories (Interview With Professional)
TV writer and producer Melissa Hunter created a viral Twitter thread asking people to share their middle-age success stories.
40 Wholesome Middle-Age Success Stories (Interview With Professional)
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Have you ever wondered what the vast majority of success stories floating around on the net have in common? I’ll give you a moment. Ready? That’s right! They almost always involve somebody young overcoming the odds and achieving great things. In other words, success stories are usually about the talented, not the hard-working.

But let’s broaden our perspective and took a look at success stories that happen after the age of 30. What would these stories be like? Well, we don’t have to wonder because TV writer and producer Melissa Hunter created a viral Twitter thread asking people to share their middle-age success stories.

So scroll down, upvote the stories you enjoyed reading, and share this wholesome and inspiring post with your pals who are middle-aged or approaching their big three-oh celebration.

Melissa said that the stories posted in her thread were “amazing” and she invited the international media community to have a look through them.

Bored Panda reached out to Mike Rothschild, one of the people who posted in Melissa's thread, to hear about his success story. Here's what he had to say: "My success story, if you can call it that, is that after many years of pursuing screenwriting, I decided to see what else I could do related to writing. I started blogging for the website of a critical thinking podcast I like, that led to me getting some real traffic, which led to some full time writing gigs."

"When I got laid off from my last gig in 2017, I went out on my own, freelancing and building my own brand as a conspiracy theory expert. In late 2018, my publisher reached out to me to write the book I've got coming out soon, and there you go. It took the better part of the decade!"

Mike said that what helped him maintain his passion for his dreams was "seeing the responses I got to pieces I wrote, and readers telling me that something I wrote helped them, or helped a family member."

"I also saw that stuff I wrote got a lot of traffic, which helped me realize I could actually turn what started as a hobby into a career," he added.

Bored Panda wanted to know what advice Mike would give those of us who are scared of turning 30. "When I turned 30, I hadn't even started on this journey. I'd say just find ways to do what you love, and get it out into the world. Keep pushing, keep making connections, and remember that success isn't like the prom, not everyone goes at the same time. As long as you're putting things out there and making them the best they can be, you're succeeding—even if it never turns into a full time career."

We at Bored Panda enjoy sharing success stories no matter who the person is, so it’s refreshing to see people staying true to their dreams and fulfilling their potential no matter their age. It’s not all downhill after you turn XYZ years old. I mean, just have a look at all these grandpas who are (most likely) more awesome than you.

Just in case you’re still worried that it’s “too late” for you to achieve anything meaningful in life, we’ve got just the way to change your mind. Let’s have a look at the age at which important people made something of themselves.

Sure, we’ll always have a Bill Gates here and a Richard Branson there who became millionaires at the tender age of 23. But we also have people like J.K.Rowling who published the very first Harry Potter book when she was 32. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon when he was 30.

The Harvard Business Review found that the average age of US entrepreneurs at the time they created their companies was 42. However, that includes small businesses. When looking at larger-scale companies, the average in software startups is 40 years old; the average age in industries like oil, gas, and biotech is 47. While the average age of entrepreneurs who founded the most successful companies is 45.

So if you’re planning to start a business, write a book, or chase your dreams, it’s never too late to start. But you have to start.

Comments (47)
John Napier
My wife an I were engaged at 41. She mentioned that she regrets never going to medical school. So I told her to do it. Two months after getting married she was in medical school. 15 years later she has received the award for compassionate doctor four years in a row. Best ER doc in Ohio and an award from her hospital. Sometimes changing later in life gives you a perspective you wouldnt have.
Sarah Luna
I'll be 49 in a week and half and haven't done half the things you all have done! Nor will I. But at the age of 44 I had a grade 5 brain aneurysm and survived. And learned how to write my name again, as well as how to walk with a cane and drive a car again. Now I drive myself to a part time job and execute mundane little things like clean our toilets and do our taxes. No big degree, no exotic travel, just...survived. That was the "easy" part; the hardest part was learning how to thrive. :-)
It's always interesting to look at things like this. The younger generations will see us as old, but someone my father's age (66, I'm 36 btw) or older, will see 30's as babies still and we really are in a way when you think of how long people live now. Age doesn't matter when you're trying to better yourself, your family and your life in general. We all need to grow and adapt. I've spent the last two decades in photography, but now I'm working on my MBA and I'll be the first generation of my family to graduate from college. Never stop growing, and don't let age define you!
Carol Emory
I'm 49 and on my last semester of my Accounting degree with a 4.0, making the Dean's List and the President's List. This will be my fourth degree (first three being Pre-Law, Law Enforcement and Forensic Anthropology.) I'm also training to start running marathons by the end of the year.
Cindy Snow
I wish I had this kind of ambition. I hope to maybe foster pregnant cats/ kittens someday. Hey it's a goal right?
Very inspiring! In my mid 30's and still feel like I haven't found my place in this world. Hearing these stories put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart.
Biljana Malesevic
Thanks, I needed this!
Julie Schiavo
At 43 I lost 150lbs and began a second career as a fitness instructor. Now, at 47 I went back to school and started working on a doctorate!
Mary Lugo
Single mom, 5 kids, in the middle of a divorce, (knew I wouldn't get any child support). Went back to school. 17 units, 3 jobs. Finished an M. Ed while teaching, when I was 47. (The kids are great too.)
Betty Wilma
I needed this.. 55 need to make a career change..
Raine Soo
Thank you for the inspiration. Now, I don't feel so washed up.
Neha Chopra
You’re Never Too Old To Start A New Venture, Look At These Famous Entrepreneurs:
TTorrest Author
I published my first book at 40. It did well enough that I quit the day job and started writing full time. I'm 47 now and getting ready to publish my 9th novel. Crazy that it took me 40 years to figure out who I'm supposed to be! The best is yet to come.
My 40-year-old mother went back to school this year to get her teaching degree ?
Cathryn Cade
I sent my first book to a publisher at age 50. 40 books & novellas later, I'm a happy indie author making a good living. You're never too old, and it's never too late.
I love seeing middle-age and older people portrayed in a good light. I'm 57 and get so tired of the same old "Hey, Boomer!" disrespect from the younger folks. (A lot of younger folks are great, but they still generally think they're the only ones who count.) We not-so-young'uns can shine, too. Sometimes we're late bloomers, and that is perfectly okay.
Tiny Dynamine
I'm 47 and I started recording my debut album today. :)
Such a great story and so true. In many ways people more likely to accomplish big things at older ages. When you're older you're smarter (literally, neuroscience research shows this often happens), since you've learned more about life. You're more likely to take the right things seriously w/out taking yourself too seriously, to get down to business but to know that success isn't everything. So we heard about some celebrities and tech guys rising like meteors in their 20s? Good for them. But one type of success-pattern having a handful of dramatic examples doesn't mean that's the only success-pattern that happens by any stretch.
Danielle Brower
I'm not on Twitter, but I want to add my own story to this Bored Panda list because people who are 40+ are SO. DARN. INSPIRING! At 40, I officially started a jewelry design company at my dining room table with $200 grocery money & a prayer. In four years our sales just reached over $415K & we've given $38K toward the education of underprivileged kids... all this from our home. You can do a lot with a little! Proof that God will take our seeds, our courage in the face of fear, and our stick-to-it-or-bust determination and somehow turns it into something beautiful... no matter your age! #goforit #reinventyourlife #bloom #createhopecuffs #livetoinspire #humblebrag
Random Panda
My mom opened a bar at 45. 5 years later it's doing pretty great.
This is an inspirational read. Thank you BP!!
Patrick Smith
I am 51 and my life is turning around. I used to be 260 pounds and got down to 190. I did gain 10 back but who cares. My clothes fit and I have a nice butt. I also started hiking across the country and traveling. I started painting and people are expressing an interest in my work. I was in a dead end job which made me miserable. I was beaten down. I am in a new position where people work together and communicate as adults. My toxic 18 year relationship ended. At the time I was devastated and angry. Now, I am thankful. I learned how to have a voice and not be a carpet. I ask because if I don't I may miss out something amazing. I stopped being afraid. I have value and my age is just a number.
The intro referring to people over 30, as if that's middle age. So, an adult at 20, die at 75, the middle of middle age would be 47 1/2 years old, quite a darned ways away from 30. (My son is 30, and of course, he's still just a baby in my eyes.)
Jen Lambert
I became a nurse at 49, 57 yo RN now...
Leo Schwartz
At 60 I first produced one of my many musicals, "The Book of Merman" Off-Broadway. It ran for 5 months. At 61, I produced my musical about Emmett and Mamie Till, "TILL", at the New York Musical Festival to rave reviews including the New York Times. There is more coming for that show. Watch me!
Steven Lachance
I wrote my first book at 42 which was a worldwide success. I met my husband at 50. I got married at 53. I moved to and built a house in Playa Del Carmen Mexico at 54. Traveling the world at 55. I would say the older I get the better my life has become.
Tammi Ross
40 retired from my construction job moved to a new town. 43 met a glassblower artist asked for an apprenticeship. Learned how to blow glass. 45 opened my own art gallery. 47 is going to be my best year yet. Learning many other forms of art for multi media glass sculptures.
Atul Aggarwal
At the age of 42, I went to the university, to get MBA degree. Now working as General Manager with a multinational corporation.
Trash Panda
I love these stories. My only criticism of this post is the ridiculous premise that 30 is anywhere near middle age. A 30 year old is NOT in middle age! Though they are not a child, they are nowhere in the vicinity of middle age!
Sarra R
I'm so jealous. These lucky ppl. I'm 47, low wage, and there's zero hope for me to ever leave low wage. I have no talents but composing music and singing and there's no future in that cuz everyone wants to be a musician. I'd go to college if I could and be a psychologist but school is forever denied me and by the time I graduated I'd be late 50s with only 5-7 years to work before 65 and retirement. If there's a reincarnation I better do life right next time.
I'm 61 and have held several different jobs. I'm currently unemployed and have been wondering where and what should I place my talents. It's good to see other people succeeding at different ages than the 'norm'. I personally need some direction assistance.
Im 42 and really am getting that burning desire to CREATE a new path for myself, the self doubt is high though - not enough money, time, energy, am I good enough etc.
Life begins at 40.
Saico Hipe
I don't necessarily have a story of 'success' as it is often measured within our society, but I have achieved a great deal of it in my own estimation, and much of it post-30. I am in a stable, happy, polyamorous relationship that challenges my ideas of self and interpersonal communication, I have a good job that I enjoy, with fun coworkers and great benefits,and I have a safe, comfortable place to live with my partner and our delightful cat. I now have loving, beautiful family (through my partner) who actually appreciate and celebrate my weirdness, and always make me feel included. I have developed the skills to cook delicious food for my loved ones, and have overcome most of my suicidal ideation stemming from PTSD/depression. I am working to build a tiny home with my partner, and I finally got the multiple surgeries I'd wanted since I was a teen (vasectomy and orchiectomy for a necrotic testicle). I feel so much happier, fulfilled, and hopeful than I ever did in my teens and 20's. <3
Christina Uhlir
All stories are just amazing; I especially admire those who weren't afraid to admit that their success also included some luck, help from nature - talent, not just hard work; that's something to admire as well - the modesty.
Jenn Santana
omg----- LOVVVVE this so much- thank you! What a bunch of rockstars!! I've just retired at 49 because I've been working my butttt off since 15 so I could make this happen before 50. Having the time of my life and most importantly....took some of the money i got from selling my business and bought both my parents cars as a thank you for being the best parents EVER! Life it Good. #livingmybestlife
Jacqueline Kramig
I am 55 and I will graduate with my Master's in Social Work in December, 2020. I decided I needed to do something to help change the tenor of this world. :)
Abortion Yay, Suicide No
“Praise me!!! Love me!!! Stroke my coc-...ego!!!”
Im 41 and starred in my first dirty movie this weekend
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