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Is There A Secret To Success?

The following is a post I did a few months back. John C. Maxwell is a favorite of many of my friends and I thought this was worth seeing again.


John C. Maxwell is the author of a book I’m currently reading, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  He is seen here in this video giving a short, succinct talk about the secret to success.  Pretty powerful!  He is definitely someone who is successful after sixty.  Actually, his success started way before he turned sixty.

A great read… You might want to consider it if you haven’t yet read it.

Speak Up

Often for our posts on success after sixty, I have highlighted people who have been successful after sixty.

Today I’m writing in terms of feeling successful after sixty by knowing when to speak up and when not to.

Remember the Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler, about ‘know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em‘?  Well, success after sixty is knowing when to say, what you need to say.

Wouldn’t you agree that there are situations when we need to allow people their space, to say what they need to say and be who they are without our commenting.  There are times when we may feel offended by what people say and what they do.  I believe this is because of what they’re dealing with and they’re not necessarily trying to offend someone else.

But, sometimes we need to speak up and let people know when they have crossed a line.  There are things people say and do that seem innocent enough to some, but actually on some level are deeply hurtful to others.  That’s when speaking up becomes the right thing to do.

I’m reminded of a recent post about ‘know what’s right, do what’s right’…  Apparently it is more difficult for some people to distinguish what is the right thing to do and then do it.  Speaking up is the right thing to do at those times.

Michigan Success After Sixty

Recently I Googled ‘success after sixty’ for inspiration for this post.  Ironically I came across this recently published article about a very successful Lansing, Michigan business man.  Fascinating story of success that’s worth sharing with you.

Bill Lett, the owner of Lett’s Bridal in Lansing, Michigan is a real success after sixty years in business.  You may enjoy reading the story here and also checking out the website for his store.

Reading success stories like this always intrigues me.  It’s interesting how some people can keep going in the face of adversity and successfully deal with whatever life has in store.

When I read about someone like this gentleman, it makes me wonder how some people who may have problems in their life (and who doesn’t?) can just moan and groan and do the victim routine.  Mr. Lett had some real challenges to deal with over the years, but kept on going and working on solving his problems and challenges.  And look where he is now!

That’s a real success after sixty… and he’s well beyond 60 years old!

Gary Player–A Success After Sixty

Even if you are not a golfer, you probably recognize the name Gary Player.

This November he’ll turn 76 years old and is currently enjoying his long days of working his 13,000 acre South African ranch.

Here is the link to the article from Success Magazine with a story about this great man and his significance.

During his career as a professional golfer, he had 165 tournament wins worldwide.  He won the Masters 3 times with 15 top 10 finishes at the Augusta National event.

Yes, Gary Player is a success after sixty to be sure.  And off the course, today he is busy working his ranch as well as continuing to design golf courses around the world.  He breeds race horses, runs the Gary Player Foundation, which has built schools in Johannesburg and is also working on raising funds for impoverished children.  One of Gary Players’ passions currently is to promote fitness to a world that is having challenges with obesity.

In this article, he compares the traits of being a championship golfer to being a successful businessman. “Patience is a very big thing. Working hard. Dressing well. Learning to speak well. Taking an interest in other people rather than just yourself. Being humble.”

Gary Player is truly a success after sixty role model…

I don’t know about you, but he gives me the encouragement to keep on keeping on… I really enjoy reading about people who are taking life aggressively.

How about you?  What are your thoughts?

KFC – A Real Success After 60

I’m sure everyone has heard the story of Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame… He was over sixty when he started this business.  A definite success.

I found the following information about Harland Sanders from this website.  Not only is the story about Harland Sanders here, but other interesting stories of people we all have heard of who got their start a bit later than some people.

I say… “What great role models!”


Harland Sanders

Kentucky Fried Chicken
Founded KFC at 62
1890 – 1980 (age 90)

Harland Sanders owned a small gasoline station in Corbin, Kentucky, where he converted a portion of his living quarters at the station to serve customers chicken dishes that he prepared in a back room. As local popularity grew for his chicken, he moved to a motel restaurant and worked as the chef.

After the construction of Interstate 75 reduced customer traffic at the restaurant, in 1952 at age 62, Sanders started franchising Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants using $105 from his first Social Security check to fund visits to potential franchisees.

You got to like your work – because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference.

– Harland Sanders

Sanders credits his accomplishments to enjoying what he does, saying “You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it – because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference.”

The next several years were an overwhelming success, and Sanders sold his Kentucky Fried Chicken corporation a dozen years later in 1964 for $2 million (almost $14 million in today’s dollars). Now a division of Yum! Brands, there are more than 14,000 KFC restaurants in 80 countries.


I love stories like this, although most of us had heard of this one before.  It just gives us validation that no matter our age, we can do what we really want to do.

What’s your ‘success after sixty‘ story?

Edison, Success After Sixty

The following post was written about a year ago.  Interesting that recently the Edison light bulb, as we knew it, has been outlawed.  How do you think Mr. Edison would feel about that?


Tuesday is success day.   I recently heard someone talking about Thomas Edison’s success and decided to learn more about him.  After reading the biography of him by Gerry Beals,  I have realized what a success he was through most of his life, even extending on into his 80’s.

Thomas Edison had 1,093 patents in his name by the time he died in 1931 at the age of 84.  The last one he got when he was 83 years old.

He had an interesting life from an early age.  He was born in Ohio and the family moved to Port Huron, MI when Tom was 7 years old.  It was there that he had his only formal education which lasted twelve weeks.  Partly because of his hearing problem and partly because his learning style was different, his mother decided to teach him at home.  It is thought that he probably had some learning disabilities and today would have been categorized as ADHD with drugs administered to subdue him.

Mention was made of his extra large head and wide forehead.  There is no question that he thought about things in a very different way and had a unique learning style.  Between the ages of 12-14, he had read numerous classics and other significant books.

Thomas Edison was extremely industrious as a young boy and was creating quite a good income very early on.  One life lesson he learned after his first invention, the Electronic Vote Recorder, which was denigrated by the politicians, is that you need to create and invent things that people want.  Hmmm…Marketing 101.

One of the things mentioned in this biography is that Edison ‘seemed driven by a superhuman desire to fulfill the promise of research and invent things to serve mankind‘.  Only in the late 1920’s did he slow down a little, due to some health challenges.

What an inspiring person.  Personally, I’ve never spent much time studying him before, but after reading about all of his inventions, I realize we have him to thank for so much more than just the light bulb.  This information came from his website.  Wow, having a website in your name after you’ve been gone almost eighty years, now that’s a well-deserved tribute!

What Is Success After Sixty To You?

The following post is a repost, but always relevant to our topic… Success After Sixty.  Enjoy!


There are so many ways to achieve success.  Tuesday is the day that we recognize success after sixty.

What does success mean to you?  Are you a success as an entrepreneur?  Are you a success as a small business owner?  Are you a success as an artist?  Are you a success as a grandparent?

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal, according to Bob Proctor and some other personal development teachers.  So what type of success have you strived for in your life?  What has interested you now in your sixties?  It may be a different type of success than what interested you in previous decades.

How do you achieve success now at this age?  Are you even interested in success now?

I remember from a tape series I listened to many years ago from Bob Proctor, that he used an analogy of the growth of an oak tree to our striving for success:  does the oak tree decide to stop growing at a certain point, believing it’s done with growth and success as an oak tree?  So why should we stop striving for all that we can be?

What are your thoughts on this concept and what are you successful at now?  Would love to hear from you.

What Is Your Success After Sixty?

What success are you having after turning sixty, if you have turned sixty yet?

Have you had success of a new kind for you?  Meaning, have you learned something new recently?  Maybe using Facebook, or even using an email system.

Maybe your success was in learning a new game that boggles your brain.  Have you ever tried Bridge?  Mah Jongg?  Or another game that takes more than a few minutes to learn?

Have you successfully gotten a new business started?  Have you gotten a new client to sign a great contract, creating a win-win?  Have you had recent success closing a big sale?

There are many types of success and over the age of sixty there are still many types of success out there for us.

Perhaps you are starting a new exercise program.  How is that going?  Enjoying it…yet?

My belief is that we all need to feel success in our lives.  And it doesn’t have to be a big thing.  It could be a minor thing in the big picture of your entire life.  But the fact that you felt success at the achievement, is a big deal.  After all, life is all about ‘baby-steps’ and seeing them multiply over the years.

So, I am really asking you to share:  What is your success after sixty?

My New Hero…

Recently I have talked about Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

This video of Chris Crowley, who is about 73 today, is perfect for us to view.  He speaks here of transitioning into retirement.  Talk about success after sixty!

Watch this and let me know if you resonate with it.  It’s a little longer than the 3 minute limit I normally like, but it’s worth your time.  He talks about stuff that may resonate with you.

So let us know how you feel about this stuff and if you are inclined to take his advice or perhaps if you already are doing these things.

Would love to hear from you.

A New Successful Year Ahead

Are you planning a new, successful year ahead?  Tuesday is success after sixty day. I just read my post from last New Year’s Day.  It was before I went ‘public’ with my blog, but you can find it in the Archives if you choose to read it.

I was reminded of my optimism about the Sixty Something Now blog and website and I hadn’t even gone public with it.  That happened at the end of January.  Yes, I’m coming up to my one year anniversary.  What astounds me is that I’m no where near where I thought I’d be at this point with the website and the concept of Sixty Something Now.

Tuesday is my success after sixty day, this is about the journey to success and what it takes.  What struck me in this process, is that success is not a constant ‘up and to the right’ thing.  In other words, as we are working on a project, we aren’t always moving constantly in the exact direction of the goal.

Think of a rocket.  It is constantly course-correcting until it gets to it’s target.  We’ve learned that from the astronauts and the space flights.  So, it would seem o.k. that our journey to our goals are allowed to be the same.  It’s o.k. that we take time to figure it out and perhaps encounter the right event, person, or thing that will help us along the way.

Have you ever set a goal and felt you were course-correcting to get to the destination?  How have you dealt with that?

What are you planning for that may not be happening as fast as you had hoped?

We never know what is waiting there for us as we go about our day.  Who is there for us to meet that will propel us to putting all the pieces together?

Success is a fascinating concept and a personal one to each of us.  What makes you feel successful?  How is your journey going?