If you’re over age 50 and out of work, you may find the idea of starting over in a totally new career to be frightening. After all, conventional wisdom is that middle age to just too late to successfully switch careers.
But now wait just a minute! We’re bohemian boomers, remember? We sneer at the mere mention of conventional wisdom! And so did the ten people cited in mentalfloss.com’s list of People Who Switched Careers After 50 (and Thrived).
Some of the more interesting examples:
Laura Ingalls Wilder – The Little House on the Prairie author didn’t put pen to paper to write her famous series until she was 65 years old.
Tim and Nana Zagat – The duo behind the famous dining guides were actually corporate lawyers for many years before quitting and devoting full time to their surveys.
Ronald Reagan – With that full head of perennial black hair, it’s hard to remember that Reagan was actually 55 years old before he was first elected to any public office.
So take heart, boomer career changers…if a guy can go from Hollywood “B” movie actor to President of the United States after age 55, how tough can your switch be?