Success Does Not Have An Expiration Date

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in ComLead

While there has always been pressure to achieve greatly at a young age, many would agree that that pressure is more intense today than ever. This is due to the fact that everyone’s lives are consistently on display thanks to a little thing called Social Media. If someone you graduated with now has a full-time position at their dream job and is making more than your school debt, then you likely know about it through Facebook.

Likewise, when a ten year old star comes out and dazzles the world with some incredulous talent like ventriloquism, then the world knows about it.  With Instagram and blog-stars there is an influx of young celebrities who get paid every day to do the things they love. There are more young entrepreneurs on the covers of business magazines than there is seasoned veterans. And we get to see it all.

What we do not see is the other people like us. The ones who will battle out the quarter-life crisis when we think that at the age of 25 we haven’t reached our peak success yet. So then we must have failed right?


The age of social media has everyone obsessed with the lives of other people. We would rather craze over another person’s life and compare ourselves than actually take the steps to improve our own.

It is so easy to fall into this trap and to let our heads run wild with terrible thoughts of failure and wasted potential. But that potential only gets wasted when we decide to stop using it. When we settle for the job that gets us by and give up on our passions then that’s when we let it die. Not when we blow out the candles on our thirtieth birthday.

So with that here are some cliché motivational reminders that you’ve probably heard before but don’t think about enough:

  • Charles Darwin was 50 years old before he published On the Origin of the Species – the foundation of evolutionary biology
  • Samuel Jackson hadn’t starred in a movie yet at the age of 40
  • Vera Wang did not become a designer until she turned 40 and had a wedding of her own
  • Colonel Sanders invented the “secret recipe” when he was 50
  • Tina Fey was working at the YMCA in her 20’s
  • & Roy Kroc founded McDonalds at the age of 50

And these are only a few examples that prove that success does not have an expiration date, be patient with yourself.

Resources: Why Millennials Should Stop Trying To Be Successful… Immediately

Millennials and the Quarter Life Crisis

Devon Bradley, M.S. Communication & Leadership ’19

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