BLOG 276—Age and Success

BLOG 276—Age and Success
Don’t sleepwalk through life.   
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The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)

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You will have many in your life who assist and teach; I hope I am helping to guide you. Coaches like me wish to lighten your path toward excellence. Remember that it is up to you to generate your journey toward merit. I’m not trying to show you “the way”; I am trying to help you find “your way.” Writing this blog each week is new and different for me—I love it! 


Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
You can (and should) make changes to improve your life–at any age.
Start today, and you can build the life you desire. 


You already know much about what I write, and I want to remind you of these ideas and show that my views can provide additional thoughts, along with yours, to help you.  


Much of what I write about is taken from my experiences.
I have gone through much.
I hope to spread ideas so that you can live a better life.
Remember, only you know what is best for you.


Don’t forget–you are only as young
as the last time you changed your mind!


Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.      



No matter what age you are, you can and will find accomplishment!
Yes, you have time — MAKE IT HAPPEN!
While in my twenties, I started, which I found notable success with for twenty years. Who would ever think–from successful juggler to 37-day coma to delicious salsa maker. Always aiming for excellence, what will be Kit’s next direction?
Age doesn’t really matter. I’ve always felt I was 23, no matter how old I get. Age is a mind thing; think young, and you will be. As I get older, I get younger. At the age of 63, Beth and I found love at an older age.
Before meeting Beth, I really thought I would be alone for the rest of my life. Falling in love at an older age is fantastic. We were both old enough to know what we wanted and didn’t want. We were married on 2/22/22 at 2:22pm. Beth has added so much to my life, and I never see it ending.
As we age, the difference between our documented age and how old we feel is called our “subjective age” or “perceived age.” People tend to feel younger than their actual age as they age, and this tendency increases with age.
I always thought that people over 60 were almost dead. Now, at age 65, I am finding that I have so much more to do in my life. Yet death is unavoidable; we will all reach that point. Do all you can now to add to your life and others’ lives until the endpoint. Get out there—with a smile on your face—and get things done.
A survey found that 80% of people felt mentally younger than their actual age, and 56% felt physically younger. On average, people over 40 feel about 10–20% younger than their actual age, and even people in their 80s and 90s often feel substantially younger. This tendency is larger for women than for men.
The age difference between how old we are and how old we feel can often be measured in light-years—or at least a number of old-fashioned Earth years. Many adults over 40 perceive themselves to be, on average, about 20 percent younger than their actual age.
Although society often places a disproportionate emphasis on attaining certain milestones at a young age, success is possible at any stage of life. Age brings with it unique insights associated with our lived experiences, which can lead to innovative ideas and solutions.
But it’s not just a matter of having more experience—as we age, we may also become more resilient and more committed to our goals. Like me, overcoming challenges and setbacks earlier in our lives often equips us to successfully navigate the obstacles that come later.
As we all continue to learn, grow, and evolve throughout our lives, we may find our priorities and aspirations shifting as we grow older. The new skills and interests we develop can help us succeed in our pursuit of long-held ambitions or newfound passion projects. Research shows that success has nothing to do with age; it’s a combination of personality, persistence, intelligence, and luck.
So, while achieving success is a personal journey with no one-size-fits-all definition, we hope these quotes act as a reminder that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.
Studying for a degree, starting a business, juggling at a high level, or darting off on a long-deserved gap year, today’s sexagenarians (people in their 60s) have ambitious plans and the confidence of people in their prime. There have always been high achievers between 60 and 100 who crowned a career with their best-ever work or chose a whole new life and nailed it.
People are finding success at an older age worldwide. Now that the age limit on student loans to cover tuition fees has been lifted, more people are going to college after retirement, but some folk have more catching up to do than others. 


At 92, Marjorie Liggins from Sheffield married her 86-year-old dancing partner Norman Camm.
The wedding took just six weeks to plan – at 92 who needs a long engagement?
Gloria Steinem, who claimed, “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle,” finally married for the first time at 66.

Priscilla Sitienei, a great-great-grandmother and former midwife in Kenya, enrolled in primary school at the age of 90. Think of the guts it took to walk into that classroom if you are worried about being the oldest student on campus.
Charles Darwin published his book On the Origin of Species in 1859 when he was 50. This book laid out the theory of evolution. Darwin had previously failed as a doctor but enjoyed natural history.
Taikichiro Mori was an academic who became a real-estate investor at age 51 when he founded Mori Building Company. His brilliant investments made him the richest man in the world in 1992 when he had a net worth of $13 billion.
According to The Guardian, Roslyn Menaker, 103, stresses the importance of having a positive outlook for longevity. She finds joy in her daily walks and her stylish wardrobe. “I love to look at beautiful clothes and eat out,” she said. “I have an amazing caregiver. She gives me manicures and pedicures and colors my hair.”
Ray Kroc wanted to build a restaurant system famous for providing food of consistent quality and uniform preparation. At 52 years old, he did just that. That is how McDonalds started.
Laura Ingalls Wilder spent her later years writing semi-autobiographical stories using her educated daughter, Rose, as an editor. She published the first in the “Little House” books at age 65 in 1932. They soon became children’s literary classics and the basis for the TV show “Little House on the Prairie.”
“I try to walk every day without excuse,” says Idelson, who’s 94. “I look forward to it. I’m often a little down and I say, ‘Let me get out and walk,’ and I feel so much better,” he says. Research indicates that walking 10,000 steps a day for 30 minutes at a brisk pace may help you live longer and lower your risk of severe disease and death.
Champion runner Fauja Singh, from Ilford, even has a British Empire Medal and a telegram from the Queen. At 100 his marathon time was a little over eight hours so he’s slowed down somewhat since he was 92 when he could do the 26 miles in five hours, 40 minutes.
Stan Lee created his “first” hit comic, “The Fantastic Four,” just shy of his 39th birthday, in 1961. In the next few years, he created the legendary Marvel Universe, whose characters such as Spider-Man and the X-Men became American cultural icons.
Jack Weil was 45 when he founded Rockmount Ranch Wear, the most popular cowboy-wear brand. He remained its CEO until his death in 2008, at age 107.
Rodney Dangerfield is remembered as a legendary comedian, but he didn’t catch a break until he made a hit appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” at age 46.
“Keep your body in good shape and your mind in good shape,” Ruth Sweedler, 103, says. “Then you’ve got it made.” Through five practices, she and her sister, Shirley Hodes, swear by, the two have both lived beyond the age of 100. They walk often, build connections with people, and stick to a balanced, low-fat diet.

Staying positive is just as important: “I’m interested in everything, and I’m in the here and now,” says Sweedler. “I don’t look back; I look forward.”
Wally Blume had a long dairy business career before starting Denali Flavors, an ice cream company, at age 57 in 1995. The company reported revenue of $80 million in 2009.
Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison wrote her first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” at age 40 while working at Random House as an editor. She won her Pulitzer Prize when she was 56, and her Nobel Prize in Literature at 62.
Arianna Huffington founded her namesake news publication, The Huffington Post, at age 55. While she worked as a political commentator and writer in her early career, the success of her digital media publication made her a household name. HuffPost was later sold to AOL for $315 million.
Harry Bernstein spent a long life writing in obscurity but finally achieved fame at age 96 for his 2007 memoir, “The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers.”
Martha Stewart, the home and kitchen icon, didn’t find real success until her first cookbook was published at age 41.
Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before entering the fashion industry at the age of 40. Today she’s one of the world’s premier women’s designers.
Betty White was one of the most award-winning comedic actresses in history, but she didn’t become an icon until she joined the cast of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1973 at age 51.
Donald Fisher was 40 and had no experience in retail when he and his wife, Doris, opened the first Gap store in San Francisco in 1969. The Gap’s clothes quickly became fashionable, and today, the company is one of the world’s largest clothing chains.
Gary Heavin was 40 when he opened the first Curves fitness center in 1992. It evolved to become one of the fastest-growing franchises of the ’90s. 
Sam Walton had a fairly successful retail management career in his 20s and 30s, but his path to astronomical success began at age 44, when he founded the first Walmart in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962.
Henry Ford was at the old age of 45 when he created the revolutionary Model-T car in 1908.
Jack Cover worked as a scientist at NASA and IBM before he became a successful entrepreneur at age 50 for inventing the Taser stun gun in 1970.
At 72 aviatrix Margaret Ringenberg completed the Round-the-World Air Race.
Jessamine Skuse smelled smoke from her neighbor’s home in Bristol one evening, forced her way in, and dragged him to safety before the fire could take hold. She was awarded a Royal Humane Society bravery award at the age of 92.
Daniel Defoe didn’t write his successful book, Robinson Crusoe, until he hit 60!
Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury, sat down to pen a 20-volume encyclopedia of English law when he was 90.
Peter Roget didn’t even start working on his thesaurus until he was 61.
Patrick O’Brian only hit his stride as a writer with his Master And Commander sea stories when he was 65.
Mary Wesley wrote 10 bestsellers including The Camomile Lawn after she was 70.
Colonel Harland Sanders – Established the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain at age 65; nine years and 600 franchises later he sold his share for millions.
Laura Ingalls Wilder – Began writing “Little House on the Prairie” at the age of 65; it later became a beloved television series.
Estelle Getty – After years as a relatively unsuccessful actress, she achieved widespread fame at the age of 63 as Sophia in “The Golden Girls” television series.
Grandma Moses—The American folk artist whose work was featured at the MoMA in New York and who graced the cover of Time in 1953 didn’t begin painting until she was 78.
Yuichiro Miura—In 2014, he became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest at age 80 and has said he would like to try again at age 90.
Rosemary Smith – A rally race champion in the 1960s, she became the oldest person to drive a Formula 1 car in 2017 when she was 79.
Doris Self – Recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “oldest video game champion” at the age of 58 by scoring 1,112,300 points in the arcade game Q*bert.
Momofuku Ando is an inventor and businessman famous for inventing instant noodles, at the age of 50! His next invention, at age 61, was the cup noodle. He packaged his instant noodles in a polystyrene water-proof cup. All you needed to do was add water!
Smoky Dawson – Known as Australia’s first cowboy and a pioneer of Western music, he became the oldest person to compose, record, and release a new album at 92 years old.
Mohr Keet – This WWII veteran became the world’s oldest bungee jumper in 2010 at the age of 96. And, he didn’t begin jumping until the age of 88.
Harriette Thompson—A cancer survivor who ran her first marathon at the age of 76 and, at 91, completed her 15th marathon, becoming the second-oldest marathon runner in U.S. history. 






Inspirational quotes and sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thoughts. They are attractive, challenging, and essential on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to regain our focus, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion. I hope the words below bring a smile to your face and drive you to make this day and every day a fantastic event.
Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! You have complete control over only one thing in the universe—YOUR THINKING!—and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking. Use quotes to move ahead in your life.
To stay motivated, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it! Motivational words, yes, are just words. But they are positive words; they will keep you on track.
Positive and inspiring quotes can be like beams of sunshine on a cloudy day. They inject optimism into our thoughts, brighten our mood, and help us focus on the good in life. They remind us that even in the face of adversity, we can see the silver lining and embrace a positive attitude.
In a world filled with challenges and indecisiveness, the power of inspirational quotes cannot be exaggerated. These pearls of wisdom uniquely uplift our spirits, can spark positive change, and fuel our motivation often when we need it most.
“People are capable,
at any time in their lives,
of doing what they dream of.”
Paulo Coelho
“Age is no barrier.
It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
“No star is ever lost we once have seen.
We always may be what we might have been.”
Adelaide Anne Procter
“Seldom does an individual enter upon highly creative effort in any field of endeavor before the age of forty.”
Napoleon Hill
“If success comes early, it can mess with you.
As rough as my early days were,
I wouldn’t change five seconds.”
Edie Falco
“The time for action is now.
It’s never too late to do something.”
Carl Sandburg
“I’m very grateful at my stage of the game to have all this happen.
It makes me laugh and laugh; it’s ridiculous,
because underneath I’m the same person I’ve always been.”
Iris Apfel
“There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
Sophia Loren
“It is never too late or too soon.
It is when it is supposed to be.”
Mitch Albom
“There is nothing better in life than being a late bloomer.
Success can happen at any time and at any age.”
Salma Hayek
“All I have done before the age of 70 is not worth bothering with. At 75, I’ll have learned something about the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish, and insects. When I am 80, you will see real progress.”
“By being authentically who you are, you might be a little slower in becoming successful, but you’ll slowly gather people who are your tribe, your kind of folks.”
Chloé Zhao
“Luckily for me — and anyone who’d have to tolerate my antsy early retirement — our research reveals a deeper paradox that offers true hope: We older folks don’t have to assume we’re has-beens. That’s because creativity itself has no age.”
Albert-László Barabási
“Perhaps I would have preferred to start off at 20 or 30, but I don’t think I would have been anywhere near equipped to know what it takes to be in business.”
Vera Wang


Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
It seems like time is going by faster and faster.
You must live joyfully, daily, for each day!
Do you know what you did last Monday?
Do you remember what you ate for dinner last Thursday?
Keep track of your doings for a few weeks; you will see your time differently.
Remember, the quality of your life depends on what you do each day.
6/8—It’s 3 a.m. awake time again. I’ve been thinking about the way I write my blog and my wife Beth, who is still asleep, of course. She is such a big part of my life, and I do not show that enough in past blogs. We are together, we are a team. I will be writing more about our time together and how we help each other. I’m so happy we are connected, I can’t express that enough.
As I’ve seen my weight gain, it’s time for change. For a number of days, I will only drink green tea and eat nothing. Will you join me in this life change? It’s time to get in better shape. So far I’ve only been drinking green tea. I plan on going for at least a week.
6/9–My second day of not eating. As I wrote before, I am drinking green tea. I have not been hungry and there has been no need to eat anything. The process of eating takes so much time, if you really think about it.
Now it is in the afternoon. Just because of habit I had asked Beth what we were doing for dinner. She reminded me that I am not currently eating. I still feel fine, not hungry at all. Still not sure how long I will continue not eating, and I’m doing it very fast (get it?)

We were in the backyard, there is much we want to do with the land we have. Eventually a fire pit will go out from the deck I built. And, we will start growing more edible things back there. With the limited sunlight, not sure what that will be.
I have just found that the process of eating takes sooooo much time. From deciding if you are hungry, to deciding on what to eat, to going out to a restaurant or making it yourself, to cleaning up, to getting rid of what you ate and drank, and more and more. Think about your eating and how much time you are consuming.
6/10–Storms and rain are coming through today, which is great for the garden.
It’s the third day without food entering my mouth, and I’m not hungry at all. I’m drinking green tea this morning and throughout the day, which is alright with me. This is interesting. We all take eating and food for granted. Have you ever stopped eating for a day or a week? It can open your mind to the way you consume nourishment for your mind and body.
I woke up at about 1 a.m. again, up for the day. Right away, I wanted to eat; it is such a habit. I looked out at the garden and celebrated the growth and vegetables. I am looking forward to eating again from the garden.
You must try fasting, or not eating anything. (how quickly can you fast?)
After three days I feel cleaned out and I am losing weight.
In fact, we have the zucchini gown already in our garden. I looked up zucchini parmesan, and I will be making some later. I will start by eating a little fruit and going on from there. When you fast, always start eating again with fruit to get your body used to eating again.
Yes, I have a little hunger now, the afternoon of the third day.
Did you fast? If you haven’t, you must.
Fasting will get you to really think about what you ingest.
Start with just one day of no eating (but you must drink liquid.)
To introduce myself back to eating food, I started with two small tangerines. This filled me up and tasted good. This not eating has cleaned me out and I feel better.
As you may know, I grow zucchini in my garden. I didn’t know how to cook the zucchini. I looked up a recipe for eggplant parmesan and then checked zucchini parmesan—it turned out excellent. You must make some. 

This has become one of my favorite ways to make use of our garden zucchini during the summer. The preparation takes a little bit of time before you assemble it in the casserole dish and bake it, but the effort is SO well worth it.

Start by slicing your zucchini into about quarter-inch slices. After cutting, they need to be placed on paper towels to help them dry. Since zucchini is 95% water, they need a topping of salt to help dry each slice. Salting extracts a lot of this moisture, which gets absorbed by paper towels on the top and bottom of the zucchini rounds.
Salting keeps your zucchini dry and solid. You need firm, sturdy zucchini bites with a limp and watery consistency. After putting them onto a paper towel and salting, let them sit for at least 30 minutes to extract the maximum amount of moisture. If time allows, I let them sit for 1.5 hours.
I dip the zucchini in egg whites, it allows the zucchini to hold on to the breading, but isn’t heavy enough that the egg will bleed through. From the egg it goes into a seasoned breadcrumb/flour mixture with a bit of Parmesan cheese mixed in.
Keep the zucchini crisp: Place the slices on a cooling rack after frying/baking/air frying.

Using egg whites for breading is a nice, light breading that will complement the thin slices of zucchini well when done. 

Dip each slice into beaten egg whites & garlic powder. Then transfer to the breading mixture and coat generously. Dipping sliced eggplant into egg whites and breadcrumbs before baking or frying for zucchini parmesan. Don’t let them sit too long after being breaded. Give them another dip in the breading mix if any moisture starts to creep through before they’re fried.

Fry in preheated 350° olive oil until golden brown on each side. Transfer to a cooling rack. Breaded Zucchini Parmesan before and after being fried. 

Spoon a spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Add a layer of fried zucchini and top with marinara and mozzarella. Keep layering breaded Zucchini Parmesan with marinara sauce and cheese in a casserole dish. Sprinkle fresh parmesan over the top before baking. 

Then, add additional layers of zucchini, marinara, and mozzarella until you’ve used all of the zucchini. You can do this in clean stacks or overlap them within the casserole dish.

Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and begins to brown slightly. Smile and serve!


Make sure the oil has reached 350° (medium-high heat) before you add the zucchini. If it’s not hot enough, the breading will fall off. You can then adjust up/down during cooking as needed.

Watch them carefully as they fry; once they start to turn brown, it happens quickly.

6/11–I had to get a copy of a receipt from Costco, so off I went. Best Buy and Costco in Augusta today. Seems I get down there about once a week. I arrange it so that I get to Costco about lunchtime, and that’s what it is for me.

Many birds at the feeder today. 

6/12–Down to the dentist today, so back to Augusta. When I was young I didn’t take good care of my teeth (I do now, though.) Now I am paying for it, though. I have three teeth on my bottom jaw that need to be extracted today. I will miss them, I must say. I’ve had those teeth in my mouth for over sixty years. Having them removed was so draining on me. My whole body got tired.
As I was getting comfortable in the dentist chair and knew I was there for a three tooth extraction, I jokingly asked if the seat had any seat belt. He had a great comeback saying, “No, but be careful, it is an ejection seat.” I had to laugh at that one.
Dr. Cook says that he will fit me with a partial denture later for the missing teeth. This is something that I will have to wear always (or when someone will see my teeth.) I expect I won’t have it in often. Later I can pay for tooth inserts, which are permanent, later.
If you are in the Augusta, GA, area and need help with your smile, look up Dr. Cook. He will do your mouth right.  
Through Facebook and MarketPlace, Beth had bought some purses for an excellent price. We were to meet the seller at a church location. It was a small church setting, and they were meeting tonight. It turned out that her dad was the pastor of the church.
Beth explained that we were both atheists. It seemed the pastor didn’t want to hear about that. As we talked, he brought up the line, ” Well, you just have to have some faith.” That was my clue. I asked him what the definition of “Faith” was. Of course, he gave me the Bible definition.
I said, “No, what is your own description of the word? Of course, this shut him up. It seems that when you start asking believers pointed questions they have no answers. I will battle with a pastor or anyone concerning belief.
6/13–Up early and at the keyboard, as usual. Did some things around the house, always improving our humble abode.
Beth and I got new glasses today. Do you like them?
6/14–Beth leaves today for five days away. She is going to visit with her parents, about a two-hour drive away.
Today I went to help Gary on his land.


A self-supportive life can be a better life.
A garden would be a part of that life.
You must look into it. 

People often say I have a Green Thumb.
Yes, I do gardening, and I am good at that.

Here are potatoes in the ground. 

Yet, no need to rush me, your green-thumbed friend, to the doctor — the expression simply means that they are excellent at growing plants. The term was first recorded in the Ironwood Daily Globe as “horticultural slang” in 1937.
Things are starting to mature and become edible. We are enjoying lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, and soon tomatoes, which will be a bumper crop (whoever thought of the word bumper to mean many, hmm.).
I look out my office window, where I do most of my typing and blog work. All I see is nature and growing things. What a nice view every time I am on my computer.
Before, it was a pain in the elbow; today, it is pain in the knees (why does that word have a “K” in it?) I guess it is age that brings on various pains. 


We all have a father. My dad died when I was only six years old, so I could not get to know him. You have a father, visit or call him on this Father’s Day–you must. I’ve not heard from any of my three daughters, Jasmine, April, or Leah. I hope I hear from each of them on June 16.
A second challenge this week >>
Do not eat anything for a full day, or go for a week.
Make sure you drink plenty of fluid, though. 


In the next blog you will learn ideas in dealing with change and tragedy. 



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  1. Larry June 15, 2024 Reply

    Great post!!!

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