I recently ran across an article that listed 11 famous people who were in what they defined as their “wrong” job at the age of 30. The household names listed had simply not found their calling yet, or, had tried to make it, but gave up to do something else before stumbling back into their eventual fields. The celebrities listed (people like Andrea Bocelli, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart, Julia Childs) all ended up in the careers that made them famous after the age of 30.
One of the reasons I love working at lynda.com is Lynda Weinman, who is always encouraging others to try new things, make mistakes, and learn from experiences. Like the 11 celebs I read about, Lynda didn’t find her true calling until she was in her 30s. You can hear more about her personal and business history in The lynda.com Story.
I couldn’t think of a better time to share the commencement speech that Lynda wrote and presented at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA last March. It seems fitting to post this on Ada Lovelace Day, a day that honors women in technology by blogging about them. I hope it inspires and encourages you to try new things, and keep striving to find your calling.