The average age of a successful startup founder isn’t what you think

I recently watched the first episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Kendall and Kylie didn’t even wear makeup, Scott looked 14, smartphones weren’t a thing. It felt like an ancient record of people who have now morphed into completely different beings.

And yet, the average age of successful founders is 45 years old.

To be precise: “Among the top 0.1% of startups based on growth in their first five years, we find that the founders started their companies, on average, when they were 45 years old… Overall, the empirical evidence shows that successful entrepreneurs tend to be middle-aged, not young.”

Maybe because a lot of the searching has been completed and a lot of foundations are stable, it’s the perfect time to invite adventure into your professional life.

At least that’s what I’ve seen. Obviously, everyone’s path is different.

“All we have in life is our time. People struggle after success. They hunger for fame, fortune, and power. But in all of these things, the same question exists — what will you do with your time? How do you want to spend your days?”

So for anyone who thinks it’s “too late” for exciting dreams, remember that it could be in your forties that you have the life experience to provide a different, richer answer to that question.

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