Words to Thrive By 04.26.13

“We don’t grow older, we grow riper.”

-Pablo Picasso

image source: fanucchivineyards.com

image source: fanucchivineyards.com


Ray Kroc

Ray Kroc

Ray Kroc

Whether you’re a fan of the McDonald’s franchise or not,  the story of Ray Kroc, the man who turned McDonald’s into a fast-food giant, is still nothing short of amazing.

By the time Ray was in his 40s, he had worked in various different fields. Among his many jobs, he had worked as an ambulance driver, a radio D.J., a jazz musician, and my favorite, a paper cup salesman.

It wasn’t until Ray was 51 that he stumbled onto the McDonald brothers and history was made.

As I have mentioned before, a common trait among us Late Bloomers is the ability to do a lot of tasks well, thus resulting in our attempt at multiple hobbies or careers.

While some consider this trait to be a curse, I find it a blessing. In the example of Ray Kroc, had he not been a milkshake machine salesman at the time, he would have probably never met the McDonald brothers. Timing is everything.

Which brings me to my question for the day:

If Ray Kroc had met the McDonald brothers 20 years earlier, would he have had the skills, experience, maturity and knowledge to make McDonald’s the monster success that it is today? Definitely not!

Ray stumbled onto his opportunity at exactly the right time.

And so will you.

Words to Thrive By – 04.12.13

Magnolia_Photo Credit: Tom Myler (Flickr)

Magnolia – Photo Credit: Tom Myler (Flickr)

On the road to great achievement, the late bloomer will resemble a failure:

While the late bloomer is revising and despairing and changing course and slashing canvases to ribbons after months or years, what he or she produces will look like the kind of thing produced by the artist who will never bloom at all.

Prodigies are easy. They advertise their genius from the get-go. Late bloomers are hard. They require forbearance and blind faith.

– Malcolm Gladwell

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In 2008, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an amazing article for The New Yorker on the Late Bloomer. You can read it here.

In his article, Gladwell describes the lack of support received by Late Bloomers in relation to young prodigies.  He even speculates how many Late Bloomers have been thwarted because their efforts have been prematurely judged.

Because Late Bloomers have often had more false starts over the years, and in most cases, have received a minimal amount of support, many of  them have thrown in the towel before before they’ve had the chance to see their dreams become a reality. What’s most disturbing, is that many times, it’s not been a matter of if these dreams can be actualized, only a matter of when. The prize is usually right around the corner. The question is, are you willing to wait?

Which brings us to yet another question, “how many people have given up right before it was their time to bloom?”

It makes you wonder.

And while you ponder on that, chew on this comment I found on a botanical website:

Magnolias can take quite a while to come into flower, often around 20 years from seed, but they are definitely worth waiting for.


Words to Thrive By – 04.05.13

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

– Pamela Vaull Starr

Julia Child – photo Credit etsy.com

If you want to make your dreams a reality, you first have to have a dream.

At 37, Julia Child (chef, author, TV personality) decided to learn how to cook.

What’s your dream?