It’s sometimes difficult to find someone in our exact situation. We may feel encouraged that Vera Wang didn’t start designing her signature wedding gowns until she was 40, but we may feel intimidated by her career as one of the youngest editors at Vogue straight out of college after a youth spent in competitive figure skating.
We all have our own journey. Our own setbacks and our own obstacles, but our failures can teach us valuable lessons if we let them. The important thing is to never give up, and to keep moving forward. It’s never too late to find happiness and fulfillment in our lives. These four figures can help inspire us as we make our way.
Comedian, actress, author, Daytime Emmy winning talk show host and the View mainstay Joy Behar, was a high school English teacher before launching her career in show business. In the early 1980s Behar, now 74, went from a receptionist to a producer at Good Morning America. By 1987 Behar was hosting her first talk show.
“I think it’s interesting to me to talk to people who don’t agree with me all the time. – Joy Behar
“Have four things going. I have stand-up comedy, two television shows and I’m working on a play. I like to work, and I fear that something could fall through. You know what they say: The show must go off.” – Joy Behar
Cult figure, poet, novelist, and short story writer Charles Bukowski famously almost bleed to death at the age of 35. By the 1960s he was a fledgling poet, and underground newspaper columnist, but he was languishing at a job he hated as a mail sorter at the post office. At 49, Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin gave Bukowski a life changing break. He agreed to give Bukowski a small stipend enabling Bukowski to leave his job and devote himself to writing full-time, and a month later he had finished his first novel.
“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” – Charles Bukowski
“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.” – Charles Bukowski
Life hasn’t always been easy for multitalented comedian, author, radio personality, talk show, and Family Feud game show host Steve Harvey. Before his comedy career took off Harvey was homeless for several years. Harvey recently decided to end his stand-up comedy career after 27 years. Harvey has found success in a myriad of different pursuits including music, acting, and his own clothing line.
“A person has to remember that the road to success is always under construction. You have to get that through your head. That it is not easy becoming successful.” – Steve Harvey
“You can’t go forward and backwards at the same time.” – Steve Harvey
“Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share.” – Steve Harvey
Comedian and actress Leslie Jones began her stand-up comedy career after college in 1987. She once became so discouraged she left the stage for three years, but she never gave up. The star is seeing the payoff for her determination after decades in the business from her role in the Ghost Busters reboot to becoming at 47 the oldest first time full-time cast member to join Saturday Night Live.
“I take care of everybody. I’m either hugging you or making sure that you’re not sick, because my backpack has every kind of medicine in it.” – Leslie Jones
“As soon as I touched the mic, I knew that’s what I would do for the rest of my life.” – Leslie Jones
“I just knew that I was funny, and I knew that it was just a matter of time. I didn’t know what was going to actually happen – this is definitely way bigger than I thought – but I knew there was no way I was going to be that funny, and nobody was going to notice it.” –Leslie Jones
Author: Tara Collum
Tara Collum lives in Toronto and grew up in Muskoka. She is the co-creator of a forthcoming web serial about twins in a small town. She believes it is never too late to be the person you are meant to be. Follow Tara on twitter @99percentsun