Laura Ingalls Wilder

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After many years of struggling and hardship, this famous author of the “Little House” series published her first book at 65. The cherished book gave birth to the famous “Little House on the Prairie” television series (1974-1982), which starred Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon. The books went on to inspire a TV sequel, movie spin-offs, and even a recent musical.

Rodney Dangerfield

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Famous comedian and actor who enjoyed a considerable amount of success between the late 60s and 80s.

Didn’t get his first real break until he was 44, when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Prior to this time he made ends meet by working as a salesman.

Went on to inspire other comedians, including Jim Carrey, Chris Rock and Conan O’Brien.

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.