Someone asked this question on Quora, a social media platform based on Questions & Answers: Is it too late to go after your dreams at the age of 15?
This was my response:
This is Richard Turner.
He started Karate when he was 17, two years old than you.
He now holds a 5th-degree black belt.
He was 21, six years older than you, when he started training with Dai Vernon, another historically great magician
He is known as the world’s greatest card mechanic. A “magician” if you will.
His accomplishments include:
- Fooling Penn & Teller on their show, where Teller was ready to concede after watching Richard Turner do his “warm up routine”
- 2015 Close-up Magician of the Year
- Constant lectures & Invitations (MIT, Vegas, etc.)
- A documentary that follows his life, called Dealt
Did I mention that he is blind?
This is Lennart Green.
Green competed at the 1988 FISM (Federation of International Magicians), and was erroneously disqualified because the judges thought he had used stooges (actors) in his act to help him shuffle the cards.
They could not believe how good he was, that the only conclusion that the judges could make as to how he was able to complete his routine was through cheating.
In 1991, he performed the same act but insisted that the judges themselves shuffle the cards to prove that he used no stooges. The judges then awarded him first place.
He is considered one of the world’s greatest magicians, and has his own moves named after him.
He also has a Ted Talk. Check it out. One of the greatest magic (and funniest) routines. Ever.
He started magic when he was 18.
This is Jeff Allen Wang (That’s me!)
In 2017, he performed for the hosts of The View, pictured below.
He started magic when he was 16.
3 successful Magicians (okay, maybe not me yet! I have a while to go)
All who started “late”
Now, you tell me. Is it too late to follow your dreams at the age of 15?
In fact, it’s never too late to start anything. I just started Muay Thai + Boxing lessons, and I hope to be starting new passions throughout my whole life.
Grateful Day 61: I am grateful for people who tell me they enjoy my blog posts/writings.
Reading Challenge Day 2: I will mention something interesting for every day that I read this month.
Currently Reading: Option B – by Sheryl Sandberg
- Sheryl is one of the top 100 most powerful women in the world and the current COO of Facebook. This autobiographical book follows her story of how she handled adversity when her husband suddenly passed away–her Option B
“But at the end of the day, the only person who can move my life ahead, make me happy, and build a new life for my kids is me. So today I end this journal. And try to resart the rest of my life…”
Bouncing Forward: “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer” – Albert Camus