Salesman Ray Kroc was 52 when he asked the McDonald brothers to let him franchise their drive-in.
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was 54 when he wrote Symphony No. 9.
Pharmacist John Pemberton was 55 when he started to sell his invention, Coca-Cola.
Pamphleteer Daniel Defoe was 58 when he penned Robinson Crusoe.
Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was 59 when he directed Vertigo.
Gas station operator Harland Sanders was 65 when he opened his first fried chicken restaurant.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was 70 when he designed Fallingwater.
Even though I've worn out two dozen erasers in my Saturday afternoon drawing classes, I feel a thrill every time the marks resemble the thing in front of me.
Any gardener will tell you, patience and blind faith are the keys to an autumn harvest.
"Here's to the late bloomers, holding on 'til our time arrives," says songwriter and storyteller Korby Lenker.
Learn more about later bloomers from Dan Pink and Malcolm Gladwell.