Ain't No Mountain... Your 60 after 40

Written by Mountain Man

They say life begins after 40. Thing is, you are not even half way. So taking away the first 15 years because you were not truly master of your destiny, what will you do with the rest of it?

A lot of people get to an age where they look at things that take their fancy wistfully thinking, 'I'd like to do that' but don't know how or doubt their abilities. The secret to getting what you want from life is understanding that what you do right now drives your future. We will never be any younger so what better time to start than right now. How? By taking the first step and then taking it step by step.

You can put off doing what is important, something you always wanted to do or you can start working on it right now.

It's never too late to do something amazing. It's never too early to start trying.

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Consider the following feats completed by people over the age of 40:

• At 40, Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run.
• At 41, Rudyard Kipling became the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate in literature.
• At 42, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the oldest regular NBA player.
• At 43, baseball player Nolan Ryan pitched the sixth no-hitter of his career.
• At 44, George Washington crossed the Delaware River and captured Trenton, NJ.
• At 45, Andre Marie Ampere, a French physicist, discovered the rules relating magnetic fields and electric currents.
• At 46, Jack Nicklaus became the oldest man ever to win the Masters.
• At 47, Kent Couch attached 105 helium balloons to a lawn chair and flew 193 miles.
• At 48, Umberto Eco, a professor of semiotics, wrote his first novel, "The Name of the Rose."
• At 49, Julia Child published her book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."
• At 50, P.L. Guinand, a Swiss inventor, patented a new method for making optical glass.
• At 51, The Marquis de Sade, imprisoned for much of his life, wrote the novel "Justine."
• At 52, Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the world alone in a 53-foot boat normally manned by a crew of six.
• At 53, Walter Hunt, an inventor, patented the safety pin.
• At 54, Annie Jump Cannon became the first astronomer to classify the stars according to spectral type.
• At 55, Pablo Picasso completed his masterpiece, "Guernica."
• At 56, Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China.
• At 57, Frank Dobesh competed in his first 100-mile bicycle ride — exactly 10 years after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
• At 58, Sony chairman Akio Morita introduced the Sony Walkman, an idea no one seemed to like at the time.
• At 59, "Satchel" Paige became the oldest Major League baseball player.
• At 60, playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw finished writing "Heartbreak House," regarded by many as his masterpiece.
• At 61, Charles Cagniard de la Tour, a French doctor, demonstrated that fermentation depends upon yeast cells.
• At 62, J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, "Lord of the Rings."
• At 63, John Dryden undertook the enormous task of translating the entire works of Virgil into English verse.
• At 64, Thomas Bowdler "bowdlerized" Shakespeare's works, making them "family friendly."
• At 65, jazz musician Miles Davis defiantly performed his final live album, just weeks before he died.
• At 66, Noah Webster completed his monumental "American Dictionary of the English Language."
• At 67, Simeon Poisson discovered the laws of probability after studying the likelihood of death from mule kicks in the French army.
• At 68, the English experimentalist Sir William Crookes began investigating radioactivity and invented a device for detecting alpha particles.
• At 69, Canadian Ed Whitlock of Milton, Ontario, Canada, became the oldest person to run a standard marathon in under three hours (2:52:47).
• At 70, Cornelius Vanderbilt began buying railroads.
• At 71, Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a retired Japanese schoolteacher, became the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest.
• At 72, Margaret Ringenberg flew around the world.
• At 73, Larry King celebrated his 50th year in broadcasting.
• At 74, Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps began an attempt to construct the Suez Canal.
• At 75, cancer survivor Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest people, and the first black woman, to reach the North Pole.
• At 76, Arthur Miller unveiled a bold new play, "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," free of the world-weary tone of his previous works.
• At 77, John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space.
• At 78, Chevalier de Lamarck proposed a new theory of the evolutionary process, claiming that acquired characteristics can be transmitted to offspring.
• At 79, Asa Long became the oldest U.S. checkers champion.
• At 80, Christine Brown of Laguna Hills, CA, flew to China and climbed the Great Wall.
• At 81, Bill Painter became the oldest person to reach the 14,411-foot summit of Mt. Rainier.
• At 82, William Ivy Baldwin became the oldest tightrope walker, crossing the South Boulder Canyon in Colorado on a 320-foot wire.
• At 83, famed baby doctor Benjamin Spock championed for world peace.
• At 84, W. Somerset Maugham wrote "Points of View."
• At 85, Theodor Mommsen became the oldest person to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature.
• At 86, Katherine Pelton swam the 200-meter butterfly in 3 minutes, 1.14 seconds, beating the men's world record for that age group by over 20 seconds.
• At 87, Mary Baker Eddy founded the Christian Science Monitor.
• At 88, Michelangelo created the architectural plans for the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
• At 89, Arthur Rubinstein performed one of his greatest recitals in Carnegie Hall.
• At 90, Marc Chagall became the first living artist to be exhibited at the Louvre museum.
• At 91, Allan Stewart of New South Wales completed a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of New England.
• At 92, Paul Spangler finished his 14th marathon.
• At 93, P.G. Wodehouse worked on his 97th novel, was knighted and died.
• At 94, comedian George Burns performed in Schenectady, NY, 63 years after his first performance there.
• At 95, Nola Ochs became the oldest person to receive a college diploma.
• At 96, Harry Bernstein published his first book, "The Invisible Wall," three years after he started writing to cope with loneliness after his wife of 70 years, Ruby, passed away.
• At 97, Martin Miller was still working fulltime as a lobbyist on behalf of benefits for seniors.
• At 98, Beatrice Wood, a ceramist, exhibited her latest work.
• At 99, Teiichi Igarashi climbed Mt. Fuji.
• At 100, Frank Schearer seems to be the oldest active water skier in the world.

People are doing extraordinary things all the time. And there's no reason you can't be one of them. So find an activity you fancy and turn it into something you love.

Edited excerpt from "Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success." Copyright © 2013 by Daniel E. Waldschmidt. All rights reserved.


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