Boundless Potential: You are never too old

Boundless Potential
I do not often share books on this blog, however after reading Boundless Potential, I felt it was a roadmap for people looking for a new career or considering starting a business, so I wanted to share some of the successes in the book.
The book by Mark S. Walton shares success stories of many older Americans who enjoyed new lives in business or non-profits during the 2nd half of their lifetimes rather than retiring or waiting to die.  Below are summaries of some people he included in the middle of the book and a few comments of my own.

·         Until she died at 101, “Grandma” Anna Mary Moses continued painting – she started her art in her 70’s.
·         In his mid-nineties, Daniel Schorr continued to broadcast commentary plus Mike Wallace and Andy Rooney were still broadcasting news in their 80’s.
·         At 84, Susan B. Anthony founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance.  Yes, she is the lady on the dollar coin.
·         Katherine Graham wrote her first book at 79.
·         Benjamin Franklin was 70 when he helped draft the Declaration of Independence.  If you had the opportunity, you would have seen his picture on the $100 bill.
·         In her early 70’s, Liz Claiborne started a foundation to fund environmental conservation projects.
·         Noah Webster published his dictionary at age 70.  To show our gratitude for his advancement of literacy, his picture has been on a lot of stamps over the years.
·         The oldest person elected president was Ronald Reagan at 69.
·         Kentucky Fried Chicken was started by “Colonel” Harland David Sanders when he was 67.
·         At 65, Thomas Edison produced the first talking pictures.  He was also the inventor of the phonograph and light bulb.

In the 2nd half of this book, Walton shared these 3 concepts from Erik H. Erikson, renowned psychologist and author of Identity and the Life Cycle and more. 
“In youth, you must find out what you care to do and who you care to be.
In young adulthood, you learn whom you care to be with, at work and in private life.
In adulthood, you learn to know what and whom you can take care of.”

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