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Late Bloomers: Better late than never

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Mahatma Gandhi.

As adults, being physically fit is equally important to being mentally active. It becomes imperative to prioritize cognitive interventions to fight the diseases that come with the onset of age. Many adults have the mindset that starting something new during adulthood is a waste of time. The question of the day is ‘Can you teach an old brain new skills? The good news is that studies show that mature brains may find it easier to adapt to change. So, don’t hesitate to pick a new skill or hobby because it is never too late. Remember that adage? ‘Better late than never’?

‘Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, then it doesn’t matter’. – Mark Twain

Here’s a list of celebrities who were late bloomers in their respective professions or picked up a new skill much later in life.

Samuel L Jackson is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Reputed for films like Pulp Fiction and Patriot Game, he is one of the most popular actors of his generation. It was only in his mid-forties that he achieved some success. As a child Samuel L Jackson stuttered. He spent many days pretending to be someone who didn’t stutter. He hasn’t completely overcome the habit.

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Samuel Jackson

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”- Henry Ford.

Amrish Puri is a name etched into the legacy of Bollywood. His unique style of acting, his voice and dialogue delivery are unforgettable. Many of his movies are remembered for the dialogues delivered by him. It would be surprising to note that Amrish Puri began his career in Bollywood when he was 38 years old.

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” Leo Buscaglia

Reed Hastings is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Netflix. He started the company when he was 37 years and it was only when he was in his 40s that he began streaming Netflix. Hastings never thought that Netflix would be successful or even used by customers.

Soha Ali Khan Pataudi, daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, started to learn the piano when she was 33 years old. old. Soha is an Indian actress who works in Hindi, Bengali and English movies. She is best known for her role in Rang De Basanti.

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” B. B King

Ranbir Kapoor is one the most versatile actors of the Bollywood Industry. Reputed for his own unique style of acting, Ranbir is known for his roles in Wake-Up Sid and his portrayal of Sanjay in the biopic Sanju. He played the role of a musician in the movie Rockstar and to add authenticity to the role, Ranbir learned to play the guitar.

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It's never too late

Anna Seawell: Some of the world’s most celebrated authors didn’t pick up that pen until their 50s.’ One such author is Anna Seawell who wrote the classic Black Beauty. She began writing the book at the age of 51 when she was ill. She dictated much of the novel to her mother. She died just 5 months after the book got published.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Suess

JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, began writing the book when she was 25. The idea of the book came to her during a train journey. It took her six years to complete the first book in the Harry Potter series ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’.

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” Peter Drucker


Learner Circle aspires to teach people to embrace learning as a lifelong process. Our vision is to constantly provide innovative digital platforms for people all around the world to embrace new cognitive skills or passion. In this way, we aim to bring about change in the way people perceive life and living. Please do not hesitate to contact us if our online courses inspire you to start something new.


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