I wish someone would have told me what I’m about to tell you.
It’s never too late.
EVERYTHING you’ve done in your life up to this point will help you, even if it seems completely unrelated.
I spent 4 years earning a degree in computer science from a rigorous engineering school. For the next 5 years I worked at various startups. Then, at 28 I decided to go back to school to study art. This is where my year of ‘adventuring’ had brought me.
But there was one issue.
I’d spent my whole life in front of a computer, not a sketch book.
I could barely draw while my classmates, who were also 10 years younger than me, had been drawing their whole lives.
But this ended up being an asset.
Because I couldn’t draw, I had to approach projects differently .
At the start of each project, my peers would sit down with a pencil and paper and start drawing out ideas. I, on the other hand, would analyze the problem and state my ideas with words.
In my past life, I had designed entire courses and architected software. Was creating a new brand for a product so different?
I approached each project as an engineer. My solutions looked like no one else’s.
The skills I had acquired in my past life turned out to be a huge advantage.
They still are.
I went on to graduate at the top of my class.
If you think it’s too late for you to switch whatever path you’re on, you’re wrong.
Julia Child started her career working in government at the Office of Strategic Services (predecessor to the CIA). It wasn’t until she was 49 that she took her first cooking class.
According to a National Center of Education Statistics report, 17 percent of part-time undergraduates attending public four-year institutions are 35 and older.
And according to an EdX poll, 32% of workers between the ages of 25 and 44 are considering changing careers, and 29% actually have.
Many others others have done it with great success.
Everything you’ve learned up to this point in your life will help you. All the life experience that got you where you are today will help you.
You just have to let it.