Late Bloomers

Do you know a late bloomer? A late bloomer is a person whose abilities, talents and gifts surface later than most people’s do. A person who has grown into a completely different person than who he/she was in high school. Take for instance someone you may know from high school. That one guy or gal who has revolutionized their lives (maybe even yours) and has staked their claim on the golden path to prosperity (whatever that may be for them). A few notable late bloomers:

Kurt Warner, NFL Quarterback. This late-bloomer debuted for the then St. Louis Rams  (now Los Angeles Rams) at the age of 27. He went on to win a Super Bowl, almost won two more.

Brian Dennehy, actor. He started his acting career at the age of 38, after serving in the United States Marine Corps. He has gone on to star in major motion pictures, direct, even star in Broadway shows.

Harland Sanders, Entrepreneur. Everyone knows KFC.¬†¬†Colonel Sanders founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken company at 65, and went on to become a multimillionaire. Everyone knows what “Visiting the Colonel” signifies. The business concept was brand new for him as an older person, but he had been cooking for most of his life. As a young man, he worked in a variety of jobs that had nothing to do with cooking–farmer, steamboat pilot, and insurance salesman. When he hit forty, he opened a service station and starting selling chicken dinners to his customers–developing his pressure frying method over a number of years. Eventually, he opened a popular restaurant. If they hadn’t built Interstate 75, which took the traffic away from his business, he might have remained a local legend only. But he knew how to make lemonade out of lemons (if not lemon chicken), and started the franchise business, which we know and LOVE today.

What I am saying here with these examples is no matter where you are in life… don’t quit. You just may be on the cusp of changing the world. These three people did in their own way. Following your dreams no matter what is what life is all about. Some take a while to fully bloom and show what they are, but they’re there. Next time you see a late-bloomer… don’t judge them. They just may be the one who will revolutionize your life.

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LIFE IN THA77316 Part 3

Today, I am on a tear. I am finally bursting with ideas. So I’m writing them down. I can certainly say at times, that the life I am leading now is fantastic. On the other hand, being between good and great SUCKS. Things are on the uptick for me, though at times, so may things could be better. As you all know, I am never ashamed or afraid to talk about myself, my flaws. It is imperative I do it this way. To do it any other way would be almost blasphemous to me. A lot of life-changing events happening seemingly at once. I stand back, looking at it all. It’s like I am in a movie, starring me. So I stand to the side, watching myself experience a lot of craziness, foolishness, sadness and frustration. I know things are going to work out as they always do. No magic, no formulas, no potions. Just hard work. I had thought a lot about these things when I was a youngster that things would fall into place. The 37 year old Kente would tell the 15 year-old Kente that it doesn’t work like that. Life is funny like that- you can go from losing to winning in an instant. The converse (or, opposite) is also true.