[Req] Successful “Late Starters” �History

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[Req] Successful “Late Starters” �History

Postby FrCrilly on Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:31 am

Hi All,

I’m putting together a list of people throughout history (Ancient International to Modern Irish) who became very successful in their chosen area after entering that professional at what was considered a particularly late age to start. Here’s�at I have put together so far. If anyone can think of any others, feel free to share.

Thanks In Advance for all Responses.

1.Julius Caesar: At age 30, Caesar held a Roman state administrative position in Spain. Apparently on seeing a statue of Alexander the Great, he realised that by the age of 31, Alexander had conquered most of the known world. It was said that this caused Caesar to break down and weep.

2.Oliver Cromwell: For the first 40 years of his life, Cromwell lead an incredibly uneventful life as a humble gentleman farmer, showing little or no sign of greatness. Eventually he climbed his way through politics and with the breakout of English Civil War, he lead a highly successful military campaign, having no previous military experience.

3.Albert Reynolds: A former CIE clerk, Reynolds became a highly successful businessman (predominantly Dance Halls and Food Manufacturing). He first became interested in politics during the Arms Trial (attended it every day) and in 1977, at the age of 44, he was elected a TD for the first time. As a non college educated late starter, he successfully climbed his way to become Taoiseach.

4.Brendan O’Car�l: O’Carro�shot to fame when Gay Byrne called him onto the Late Late in the early 1990’s. Sinc�hen he has written, acted, produced and directed both films and stage plays/stand up comedy. As far as I can tell, for most of his twenties and early thirties, he lived a harsh working class existence on the dole with a wife and children.
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