My answer to Can one become successful or start his career at the age of 52?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Yes. I work with many who are doing so, particularly in starting their own enterprises utilizing their life experience to orient a niche and pursue it.
One must realize, however that we have picked up a certain amount of baggage along the way. I did not realize I had to deal with with my personal value system in business ownership.
I spent 36 years in the Military Industrial Complex and learned a great deal from the large and small companies for whom I worked. This permitted me to be quite successful in my own consulting firm for 10 years at the end of my career.
But I found that I did not have the gut desire to become rich and I always paid everyone else before I paid myself – not necessarily a recipe for success. In short, my value system was not suited for small business ownership.
The most fulfillment I have had in my professional career has been in forming my own non-profit organization in retirement to assist veterans and small businesses free of charge and supporting two other organizations in doing so.
Consider the value system you have accumulated along the way. You will not regret making it a factor.