Online influencer Dr Olufunmilayo shared some insight on the rate young people put themselves under pressure. In his tweet he explained that “life na turn by turn” and there was no need to put pressure on yourself.
His tweet reads:
Samuel L Jackson first hit was at 46.
Vera Wang got into fashion at 40
Sam Walton opened the first WalMart at 44. WalMart is now in 26 countries. Colonel Sanders started KFC at 62.
Forget all these people saying they went to eat shawarma on the moon at 23.
Life na turn by turn.
Dr Olufunmilayo further went on to give some real life examples on why there is no need to rush yourself. He gave excerpts from real life stories of top celebrities and when they finally made it.
Celebrities Who Made it at an Older age
Samuel L Jackson for example had a turbulent life. He had alcohol and cocaine addiction. Also overdosed on heroine. He struggled bad and was sent to rehab clinic. He came out from the rehab clinic to act as a crack cocaine addict in “Jungle Fever” movie. This was his big break. He was 46.
Today Samuel L Jackson is respected as one of the most popular actors of all time. The movies he appeared in have collectively raked in over $27 billion worldwide, making him the highest-grossing actor of all time (excluding cameo appearances).
Again, life na turn by turn bro.
Vera Wáng was an editor and a journalist for 17 years at Vogue. She’s one of the biggest names in the world today on wedding gowns. She made gowns for Clinton’s daughter, Trump’s daughter, the Kardashians, Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham etc. Yet she only went into fashion at 40.
Not many people know this but even Morgan Freeman didn’t have his real big break until he was in his 40s. His “big break” happened 1987 when he played a hustler in Street Smart. He was 40 at the time. Since then, he’s grown to now become the coolest narrator any film can have.
Sam Walton didn’t start Wal Mart until he was 44. Today Walmart is in 26 countries with over 11,000 stores. At a point the top10 richest Americans had 5 Walton family members in it. Today the Walton family is the richest family in the world (apart from royalty).
Think about it.
Ray Kroc made the MacDonalds brand what it is today. Whe he bought the company, he expanded it and made it the worlds most successful fast food corporation. He was 52 when he partnered the owners. He was 59 when he bought the company from them.
At 23 where was he? Selling paper cups.
Don’t let anyone tension you or make you feel worthless. It’s absolutely okay to be confused and trying to make sense of life at 23.
I just want to use this as an opportunity to encourage you today. At 23 don’t pressure yourself. You have your whole life ahead of you. whether 23, 33, 43 or older, there is still hope.
That’s my message for you today.