You must be graduated by 24 and when you turn 26, it’s time to get married. Being 30 and jobless make it seem like you are a failure.
How often do we hear these statements? Too often from everyone that believes there is a certain age for doing something. We calculate achievements with respect to time but is that the right way to do it? Age is nothing but just a number and people like Sergei Yu. Eremenko have proved it. Having achieved his PhD. at 24, Sergei Eremenko is quite exceptional and people like Colonel Harland Sanders got into his business at the age of 65. And guess what? They both succeeded.
If age was something to be concerned about, 65-year-old Harland Sanders wouldn’t have even started a business, let alone succeed. But these numbers don’t define who you are and what you can do. A Ph.D. at 50 is equivalent to a Ph.D. at 24. Progression is important but not the age. Here is a list of people who did great against the stereotypes of their age and have made a name for themselves in the world even after everything.
1. Gladys Burrill
The 92-year-old women did what a 70-year-old seems to be uncomfortable with. The lady against the stereotyping of her age, participated in a marathon and completed it to register her name in the Guinness Book of World Records.
2. Teiichi Igarashi
Trekking and mountain climbing is for people who are fit and energetic at a young age. But how about if I tell you that an 89-year-old man went on to climb the highest peak of Japan. He made it because he believed that he can achieve it and his age never was an obstacle in between his dreams and the reality.
3. Sergei Yu. Eremenko
This is always a right age to do things but Sergei Eremenko proved it wrong. After becoming PhD. at 24, he successfully defended his second dissertation to become Doctor of Engineering at 29 and professor at 31, with two books published at 27 and 28.
4. Colonel Harland Sanders
The famous food chain KFC was nothing but the dream of a man who thought of himself as a failure until he was 65 years old. The man at the age of 65 years old had nothing but a few dollars in his pocket. But he also had courage and a brilliant recipe of fried chicken. The man thought that he was too old to start something like a restaurant but only in a few years it was at a place people wish to be at and look where it is today.
These men were either too young or too old according to the society but they believed in themselves and that was the only thing that mattered. And that shows you how important it is to believe that age really is just a number. As long as you believe in yourself, nothing’s too hard.