A lot of us tend to give up on our dreams because we think we’re too old. But no one ever said that there was a deadline on when you can achieve success. Some of our favorite celebs might look like they were born in the spotlight, but they weren’t always as rich and famous as most of us would assume. Take a look at the people on this list. They’re proof that you can pretty much achieve an amazing career after you turn 30. In fact, some of these people didn’t become famous until they were in their late 40s and 50s.
#1. Martha Stewart
It’s hard going a week without hearing Martha Stewart’s name, but that wasn’t always the case. Martha Stewart wasn’t always a media personality. She used to work as a stockbroker in Wall Street. But In 1982, she published her first cookbook at 41 and that’s when this entrepreneur’s career really took off.
#2. Ray Kroc
If you don’t recall the name Ray Kroc, you should because you probably eat his burgers all the time. Ray Kroc is the founder of McDonald’s, but he didn’t start his restaurant chain until he was 52. So, for all of you out there having a mid-life crisis, just know that if Kroc could open a $600 million restaurant chain, then so can you.
#3. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson was always interested in the arts, particularly drama, since he was in his early 20s. Unfortunately, Jackson had to wait a couple of years to achieve his dream. In 1994, he landed the role of Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino’s "Pulp Fiction." He was 46 at the time but the movie roles kept pouring in after that.
#4. Kathryn Joosten
Kathryn Joosten used to work a psychiatric nurse before making a bold career switch to acting. She joined a community theater when she turned 42, but it would be another 18 years before she would land a major role in “The West Wing” at 60. From that point on, she continued acting for the rest of her natural life.
#5. Stan Lee
Stan Lee had been working with comic books since he was 17, but it took a while to publish his work. He started working for Timely Publications as an assistant and then slowly climbed up the company’s ranks. Then, in 1961, he published his first comic book when he was 39, and his imagination blessed us with many iconic characters we love.