Have you ever wondered what the vast majority of success stories floating around on the net have in common? I’ll give you a moment. Ready? That’s right! They almost always involve somebody young overcoming the odds and achieving great things. In other words, success stories are usually about the talented, not the hard-working.

But let’s broaden our perspective and took a look at success stories that happen after the age of 30. What would these stories be like? Well, we don’t have to wonder because TV writer and producer Melissa Hunter created a viral Twitter thread asking people to share their middle-age success stories.

So scroll down, upvote the stories you enjoyed reading, and share this wholesome and inspiring post with your pals who are middle-aged or approaching their big three-oh celebration.

More info: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | ItsMelissaHunter.com

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1 month ago

Respect

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1 month ago

gorgeous!

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LuckyL
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1 month ago

wow, these are really amazing for five years of practice - and anyway amazing

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Melissa said that the stories posted in her thread were “amazing” and she invited the international media community to have a look through them.

Bored Panda reached out to Mike Rothschild, one of the people who posted in Melissa's thread, to hear about his success story. Here's what he had to say: "My success story, if you can call it that, is that after many years of pursuing screenwriting, I decided to see what else I could do related to writing. I started blogging for the website of a critical thinking podcast I like, that led to me getting some real traffic, which led to some full time writing gigs."

"When I got laid off from my last gig in 2017, I went out on my own, freelancing and building my own brand as a conspiracy theory expert. In late 2018, my publisher reached out to me to write the book I've got coming out soon, and there you go. It took the better part of the decade!"

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Peter Dylan
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1 month ago

He kinda reminds me of Bill Pullman :)

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Biljana Malesevic
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1 month ago

Bravo, that's really brave and noble!

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Melissa Hudson
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1 month ago (edited)

I wish I could give this more than one vote!

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Mike said that what helped him maintain his passion for his dreams was "seeing the responses I got to pieces I wrote, and readers telling me that something I wrote helped them, or helped a family member."

"I also saw that stuff I wrote got a lot of traffic, which helped me realize I could actually turn what started as a hobby into a career," he added.

Bored Panda wanted to know what advice Mike would give those of us who are scared of turning 30. "When I turned 30, I hadn't even started on this journey. I'd say just find ways to do what you love, and get it out into the world. Keep pushing, keep making connections, and remember that success isn't like the prom, not everyone goes at the same time. As long as you're putting things out there and making them the best they can be, you're succeeding—even if it never turns into a full time career."

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Daria B
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1 month ago

Late bloomer? Nah, you just changed the order of the events a little bit. Nothing wrong with this! ♡

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1 month ago

that's badass!

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yerawitchSam13
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1 month ago

I had 3 colleges tell me that I'm not creative. I ran out of student loan money because of trying to pursue my interior design career, so I had to slam the brakes on school. I hope I'm eventually successful in design. I want to prove every teacher that I had wrong.

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We at Bored Panda enjoy sharing success stories no matter who the person is, so it’s refreshing to see people staying true to their dreams and fulfilling their potential no matter their age. It’s not all downhill after you turn XYZ years old. I mean, just have a look at all these grandpas who are (most likely) more awesome than you.

Just in case you’re still worried that it’s “too late” for you to achieve anything meaningful in life, we’ve got just the way to change your mind. Let’s have a look at the age at which important people made something of themselves.

Sure, we’ll always have a Bill Gates here and a Richard Branson there who became millionaires at the tender age of 23. But we also have people like J.K.Rowling who published the very first Harry Potter book when she was 32. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon when he was 30.

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1 month ago

You go, girl!

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Pseudo Puppy
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1 month ago

I want to grow up to be like Elsa too. :D

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1 month ago

Who is this woman? 😱

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The Harvard Business Review found that the average age of US entrepreneurs at the time they created their companies was 42. However, that includes small businesses. When looking at larger-scale companies, the average in software startups is 40 years old; the average age in industries like oil, gas, and biotech is 47. While the average age of entrepreneurs who founded the most successful companies is 45.

So if you’re planning to start a business, write a book, or chase your dreams, it’s never too late to start. But you have to start.

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Edgar Rops
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1 month ago

As an "independent researcher" i.e. someone who does any research only if not too tired after a day job, I want to say this is absolutely inspiring!

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How Terribly Unfortunate
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1 month ago

Very cool! Good for you!

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Sandra Libertad
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1 month ago

That's amazing!

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Sandra Libertad
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1 month ago

I would like to know more about those films, as I am passionate for folklore and fairytales. Where can I find them?

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Chris Watson
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1 month ago

It was meant to be.

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JozeeMom
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1 month ago

Yes sister! You GO! 🥳🥳🥳

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CbusResident
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1 month ago

I couldn't agree more. Some publishing industry number crunching showed that the average age of an author when she or he published a NYT #1 Bestseller was 51. The data showed that there were many authors of #1s as old as their 80s and 90s, some as young as their teens and everything in between. Some evidence indicates that Homer was in his 90s when he penned The Odyssey, I'd say that's a work that's stood the test of time fairly f***ing well.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Kind of sad that he needs to mention "white privilege" to take the wind out of the sails of all those haters who wanted to use that as an excuse for their own failed life.

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Martin Donovan
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1 month ago

Hero to many I am sure...

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Mark Smith
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1 month ago

Is there a term for being first of a category of a category?

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Carol Emory
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1 month ago

Good luck! I went again at age 47. I'm in my last semester with a 4.0. You can do this!!! Show them youngin's how it's done!

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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1 month ago

Relax, you'll manage!

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Martin Donovan
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1 month ago

You now have the experience and wisdom to lead well.

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JozeeMom
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1 month ago

Yesssss Angela! 😃🎉🎉🎉

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JozeeMom
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1 month ago

Congratulations to you! 🤩🥳🥳🥳

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Kathy Baylis
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1 month ago

Congratulations!

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My O My
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1 month ago

O they do!

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Marlene Ricker
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1 month ago

Wow, what an inspirational mother to have!

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JozeeMom
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1 month ago

Wow Melissa Davey! I'm excited to see "Beyond Sixty Project". 🥳🥳🥳

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Tiffany Fuller
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1 month ago

I can’t sew or draw, but I’m starting a fashion design class tomorrow. With a bachelors in communications and a masters in screenwriting, this is definitely a different road. Scared, but excited.

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JozeeMom
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1 month ago

Wonderful Melissa! Congrats to you. 🥳🥳🥳

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Martin Donovan
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1 month ago

Well done!

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JozeeMom
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1 month ago

How exciting this news Miss Behavior! 😀🎉🎉

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JozeeMom
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1 month ago

Fantastic Helen Goldwyn! We hope to see your "big break" soon. 😃

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MadDawg
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1 month ago

That is one cool guitar

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Kathy Baylis
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1 month ago

Keep on pushing. They will change their tune and come begging you to design the over-40 courses!

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JozeeMom
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1 month ago

Good work PMickC! 🎉🎉🎉

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JozeeMom
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1 month ago

Camp Palmore we are excited for you! 😁🎉🥳