6 famous late life success people

These 6 People Prove That It’s Never Too Late To Succeed In Life

As it stands today, it seems like if you’re not running a successful startup by age 27, you’re not where you’re supposed to be in life.And that’s a lot of pressure! Even if you’re not a millennial yourself, you probably feel the rising heat of expectation and the fear of stasis that have grown up alongside my generation. Even as I sit here, I feel like I should be running a business at 24. Logically, that feeling doesn’t make a ton of sense, but logic rarely contributes to how we feel about our respective places in the world.

But you know who wasn’t running a company worth millions when she was in her twenties? Martha Stewart. You know who didn’t make it big until he was almost 40? The late, great Alan Rickman. Success is not linear. The prospect of it does not abandon you after your quarter-life crisis. Here are a few people who flew in the face of all that before it was cool.

1. Wendy Davis was 36 the first time she held public office.

Wendy Davis

2. After being fired from numerous broadcast jobs, Oprah Winfrey launched her talk show when she was 32 years old.


3. Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t publish the first book in her famous “Little House on the Prairie” series until she was in her 60s.


4. The talented Kristen Wiig didn’t start working on “SNL” until she was 32.

Kristen Wiig

5. Momofuku Ando was 48 when he invented every college kid’s favorite food: instant ramen.

Momofuku Ando

6. After scoring a few minor roles, Samuel L. Jackson finally made it big when he was 41.



Matthew Drew is an associate editor for Pressure Forever. His a Bay Area native with a knack for tech that makes life easier and more enjoyable.He honed his writing skills in Pressure Forever,where he wrote thousands upon thousands of product descriptions,blog posts,and reviews.