“A late bloomer is a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual. The term is used metaphorically to describe a child or adolescent who develops slower than others in their age group, but eventually catches up and in some cases overtakes their peers, or an adult whose talent or genius in a particular field only appears later in life than is normal – in some cases only in old age.” (Source Wikipedia)
Examples of Some Famous Late Bloomers
Did you know that Julia Child did not learn to cook until she was 40 years old? Her first cookbook was not published until she turned 50. Andrea Bocelli did not start singing opera until he was 34 years old. The “experts” said it was too late for him to start. Arina Nikitina shares examples of these and other famous late bloomers in her article, Top 10 Late Bloomers: Why Age Does Not Matter When It Comes to Success
How do You Know if You’re a Late Bloomer?
If you can answer yes to the following questions, you could be a late bloomer. In Dr. Jan Hoistad’s book, Late Bloomer: It’s Never Too Late to Have a Good Life, she addresses these issues and provides advice on how to overcome obstacles of being a late bloomer.
- Are you creative, but don’t know how to follow through on your ideas?
- Do you hesitate branching out and starting something new?
- Is life a roller coaster: moments of clarity and zeal followed by self-doubts and inaction?
- Are you good at starting many projects and then not finishing any of them?
You can succeed in life even if you are a late bloomer. Success can be achieved by anyone who works hard and has a determination to persevere even when obstacles are in the way.
Steps to Take to Succeed in Life as a Late Bloomer
# 1 The Journey Begins with Self-Discovery
If you want to succeed in life as a late bloomer, you need to recognise that you are one. Once you know your limitations and why they have been obstacles to your success, you can make the necessary changes in your life. This self-discovery can be emotionally painful, but is a vital step toward finding success. Be honest and open to constructive criticism. The Myers & Briggs Foundations has a very popular self-assessment test that you can take to ascertain your strengths and weakness.
# 2 Connect and Learn From Others Like You
Debra Eve is a “proud late bloomer” and runs a Blog: Later Bloomer for others to connect and learn together. She became an archaeologist at the age of 36. At the age of 42, she became a martial artist. She found the love of her life and got married at the age of 46. What’s the moral of the story here? It is okay to be a late bloomer. Acceptance leads to you connecting and learning from others who can provide support and encouragement to succeed.
# 3 Think Outside the Box and Take a Chance
Once you’ve assessed your strengths and weaknesses and have connected with others to learn from and receive encouragement, you can begin to think outside the box. Your creativity probably has always been there, but you’ve been afraid to take a chance. You’ve doubted yourself and your abilities. Don’t stand on the sidelines any longer. Make that move to begin to follow your dreams. This article on the website Increase Brain Power, Thinking Outside the Box: How to do it, shares some tips on creativity as well as brain exercises.
Know who you are and accept your limitations so that you can learn how to rise above them. Success in life as a late bloomer is possible. Following the steps in this article can assist you in succeeding and breaking free from the obstacles that have held you back in the past.