Child prodigies freak me out. There. I said it. Every time someone mentions how Mozart wrote his first opera before he had his first shave, or I think about how Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 (though seriously, go her), I feel all this pressure to succeed, and fast—and I know I'm not the only one. But the road to success is usually more unpredictable than that. Here are ten women who found success in their thirties, forties, and beyond.More
J.K. Rowling's life story has reached an almost legendary status. By her late twenties, Rowling was a single mother, divorced, impoverished, clinically depressed, and mourning the loss of her mother. Thankfully she found the strength to get help for her depression and the courage to take a chance on her writing. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in 1997. She was 31 years old.
If we can learn anything from Julia Child (beside the magic of adding butter to a dish), it's how to make the best of any situation. She spent her twenties working as a copywriter. When the United States joined World War II, Child tried to join the Women's Auxiliary Corps but was rejected for being too tall. Undeterred, she used her previous experience to become a typist for the OSS—and was eventually stationed in France as an American spy. It was only while in France, at the age of 36, that Child first learned how to cook. The rest, as they say, is history.