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12 People Who Found Success Later In Life

Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

This is what happens at 50:

Nothing.

Nothing changes. And I’m still ambitious. And I still worry about tomorrow. And I still want to learn to be more peaceful.

I still want to choose myself. For health. For success. For good people in my life.

You have more experiences to create art, write a book, start a business.

With know how to DO instead of just type onto an angry message on Twitter.

And in 50 years, hopefully I have at least one, maybe two, unique things to say.

People say, “no idea is new”.

This is BS. Every idea is new. You did it.

When I was ten I wanted to be an astronaut, a writer, a spy, a superhero, and an advice columnist.

I wrote a play. I did spy on people. But I couldn’t figure out how to be a superhero. I read collected columns of “Dear Abby” (an advice columnist) every day.

The only advice I remember her giving was to a woman who was married to a guy who would go to clubs for “sexual favors”. The woman didn’t know what to do. Abby told her!

Then when I was in sixth grade I forgot all about the things in fifth grade. I wanted to be President! Then in seventh grade I joined a cult. And so on.

Now, people as young as 17 are sending me emails that say, “I’m 17 and I feel like I have done nothing in life! What should I do?”

There’s a simple answer: do whatever you want. Then it all adds up.

If you try to get 1% better each day at your health, at your relationships and the way you treat people, at your creativity, and at turning despair into gratitude, then that 1% compounds into an amazing person.

Do that 1%. Take one action. Even if the actions is for one minute. The 1/1/1 strategy.

I know this. Because I’m still compounding. What is 1%? Whatever you want it to be. The math of life is multi-dimensional.

What happens to amazing people? Everything happens to them. And you never worry about what you accomplish. Because there is no ONE thing. There is EVERY thing. And every day.

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