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3 Successful People Who Changed Careers After 50


The news for job seekers over 50 is often pretty grim, focusing on declining rates of pay and ageism. But every so often, we come across a story that shows that the best part of your career can be after you hit the big 5-0.

Laura Ingalls Wilder 

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For example, this recent round-up from Mental Floss of folks who hit the big time only after age 50. A few favorites:

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1. Laura Ingalls Wilder

The beloved author of the “Little House on the Prairie” series didn’t publish her first book until she was 65 years old. She wrote 12 books in all.

2. Takichiro Mori

Want to become the richest person in the world? It’s not too late to start, provided you know what you’re doing. Mori was a 55-year-old economics professor when he left his job to start a new career as a real estate investor.

“When Mori died in 1993, he was Forbes’ two-time reigning world’s richest man with a net worth of around $13 billion,” Ethan Trex writes. “He was something of a Japanese precursor to Warren Buffett, though. Mori never seemed totally comfortable with the fame and fortune his second career won him. He dressed traditionally, abstained from alcohol, and lived a fairly modest life.”

3. Edmond Hoyle

You might not recognize his name, but if you’re a technical writer, you owe the existence of your entire field to this man, who is widely considered to be the father of the industry. Even more awesomely, he invented it by writing down the rules for card games — starting when he was 70 years old.

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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
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