This list right here is the true meaning of “Age is nothin but a number.” This list shows you what we are all capable of and that anything is possible at any age.Some of these amazing people started their dreams in their 30s & 40s, some started as soon as they were born.
Read on to see what these amazing people were doing at your age.
1 yr old – . By this age, Christian Friedrich Heinecken had read the Pentateuch.
2 yrs old – Speed skater Bonnie Blair began skating. She later won five Olympic gold medals.
3 yrs old – Jodie Foster began acting professionally at age 3, when she shot her first Coppertone commercial.
4 yrs old – Singer/songwriter Tori Amos was accepted into Baltimore’s Peabody Academy of Music, the youngest student ever accepted there. She was expelled at age 11 for improvisation and playing rock covers by ear.
5 yrs old – Mozart began composing minuets. Once when a second violinist failed to appear for a string quartet performance, Mozart took his place, even though he’d never seen the music.
6 yrs old – Drew Barrymore, granddaughter of noted actor John Barrymore, was already a seasoned actress.
7 yrs old – Child film actor Jackie Coogan starred in the Chaplin movie The Kid and became the youngest person to make a million dollars.
8 yrs old – Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning runner Wilma Rudolph was unable to walk until she was eight.
9 yrs old – Daisy Ashford wrote her first and last novel, The Young Visitors, which sold over 200,000 copies.
10 yrs old – Recording artist Stevie Wonder was signed by Motown records.
11 yrs old – Country singer, songwriter and actress Dolly Parton made her first radio appearance.
12 yrs old – Filmmaker Steven Spielberg got his first movie camera and spent hours writing scripts, drawing storyboards and making movies of subjects such as head-on miniature train crashes and an exploding pressure cooker full of cherries jubilee.
13 yrs old – World champion Mario Andretti began racing.
14 yrs old – Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the first athlete in Olympic history to achieve a perfect 10. She went on to do it six more times.
15 yrs old – Inventor Thomas Alva Edison became manager of a telegraph office.
16 yrs old – Tennis player Tracy Austin became the youngest person to win the U.S. Open.
17 yrs old – The youngest player to play in a World Cup final, Pele won the match for Brazil, then passed out on the field.
18 yrs old – Elias Howe, who worked in a watchmaking shop, dreamed the idea of the sewing machine and worked on developing it for the next five years.
19 yrs old – Tired of watching friends fall prey to drugs and crime, Matty Rich fought back by directing the award winning movie “Straight Out of Brooklyn.”
20 yrs old – Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and cofounded Microsoft.
21 yrs old – College dropout Steven Jobs co-founded Apple Computer.
22 yrs old – Olympic runner Herbert James Elliott, ranked by many as the greatest mile runner ever, retired undefeated at 22.
23 yrs old – Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Masters.
24 yrs old – Entrepreneur Ted Turner took over his father’s billboard advertising business. He later launched CNN.
25 yrs old – By this age, Charles Chaplin had appeared in 35 films.
26 yrs old – Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Italy.
27 yrs old – Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space.
28 yrs old – The Danish physicist Niels Bohr published his revolutionary theory of the atom.
29 yrs old – Blacksmith Kirkpatrick MacMillan invented the first real bicycle.
30 yrs old – Donald Trump persuaded bankers to lend him $80 million so he could buy the Commodore Hotel. + Bill Gates was the first person ever to become a billionaire by age 30.
31 yrs old – Gregory Pincus achieved in-vitro fertilization of rabbits. Later he invented the birth control pill.
32 yrs old – By the time of his death at age 32, Alexander the Great had conquered almost the entire known world.
33 yrs old – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic alone.
34 yrs old – After defeating Antony and Cleopatra’s forces in a naval battle, Augustus became the master of the Roman world.
35 yrs old – American sprinter Evelyn Ashford won her final Olympic gold medal at age 35, old for a sprinter.
36 yrs old – German chemist Friedrich August Kekule discovered the ring structure of the benzene molecule in a dream.
37 yrs old – Jersey Joe Walcott became the oldest man ever to win the world’s heavyweight boxing title.
38 yrs old – Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon.
39 yrs old – Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanization and led the way to the effective use of rubber.
40 yrs old – Joan Ganz Cooney founded Children’s Television Workshop and became the mastermind behind “Sesame Street.”
41 yrs old – Rudyard Kipling became the youngest Nobel Laureate in literature.
42 yrs old – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the oldest NBA regular player.
43 yrs old – John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the youngest man elected to the United States presidency.
44 yrs old – Assistant cashier Jim Priceman returned an envelope containing $37.1 million in negotiable bearer certificates found outside 110 Wall Street.
45 yrs old – George Foreman recaptured the heavyweight championship with a 10th round knockout, becoming the oldest person ever to win the heavyweight championship.
46 yrs old – A Scottish surgeon, James Baird, discovered hypnosis.
47 yrs old – Edward Jenner, an English doctor, pioneered the use of vaccination against smallpox.
48 yrs old – George Blanda played his last year of NFL football.
49 yrs old -Well known author Julia Child published her book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
50 yrs old – Barbra Streisand won a 10-year film and recording contract estimated at $60 million.
51 yrs old – The Marquis de Sade, imprisoned for much of his life, wrote the novel Justine.
52 yrs old – Francis Chichester sailed around the world alone in a 53-foot boat normally manned by a crew of six.
53 yrs old – Inventor Walter Hunt patented the safety pin.
54 yrs old – Annie Jump Cannon, the dean of women astronomers, became the first person to systematically classify the stars according to spectral type.
55 yrs old – Richard Daniel Bass reached the summit of Mount Everest.
56 yrs old – Mao Zedong founded the Peoples’ Republic of China.
57 yrs old – Betty Ford was frank about her cancer surgery, in an effort to alert other women to the danger of breast cancer.
58 yrs old – Sony chairman Akio Morita introduced the Sony Walkman, even though nobody seemed to like the idea prior to its release.
59 yrs old – Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
60 yrs old – Playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw completed a play, “Heartbreak House,” regarded by some as his masterpiece.
61 yrs old – Richard Milhouse Nixon resigned in disgrace, the first U.S. President ever to quit office.
62 yrs old – J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, Lord of the Rings.
63 yrs old – Countess Rosa Branicka, a wealthy Polish noble, performed breast cancer surgery on herself and lived to be 82.
70 yrs old – Benjamin Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence.
75 yrs old – Warren Buffett set up a $30 billion contribution to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for use in various world-wide charitable causes. + Cancer survivor Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest people, and the first black woman, to reach the north pole.
80 yrs old – Jessica Tandy became the oldest Oscar recipient for her work in Driving Miss Daisy.
85 yrs old – At 85, “Coco” Chanel was the head of a fashion design firm.
90 yrs old – Pablo Picasso was still producing drawings and engravings.
95 yrs old – Nola Ochs became the oldest person to receive a college diploma, a degree in general studies with an emphasis on history.
100+ yrs old – Alice Porlock of Great Britain published her first book, Portrait of My Victorian Youth, when she was 102 years old.
How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.
What is Motivation?
The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.
Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).
Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.
However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals.
How to Get Motivated
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.
This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.
4 Ways to Make Starting Easier
1. Schedule it
One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it.
When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.
An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
2. Measure something
It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.
3. Extrinsic motivation
This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.
4. Make it public
Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.
How to Stay Motivated Long Term
When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.
These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:
1. Stay in your goldilocks zone
The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging.
The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.
2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals
Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within.
For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.
3. Use “chunking”
Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.
Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.
For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.
4. Be flexible
We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.
5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion
Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.
This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.
Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.
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