Daniel Defoe wrote Robinson Crusoe when he was 59 years old. Henry Heimlich developed his emergency maneuver at the age of 54. Teiichi Igarashi climbed Mount Fuji right before turning 100. Then he did it again.
These are just a few famous names that prove there's no age limit to unlocking your full potential.
And sure, embarking on spontaneous endeavors or delving into new hobbies is much more frightening at an older age than when you're a twentysomething. Not just because you have more things to lose and people count on you to make informed, adult decisions. There's a fear of failure as well. Self-doubt can stop us from moving forward, upward, wherever — and it means we get stuck in the same place.
But it's never too late to shake it off and these people prove it.
When we first took to the streets of New York with our whiteboard and our camera, all of the people we photographed were strangers to us — random individuals from all over the world and all walks of life. We asked them one simple question: "What is the last new thing you learned?"
Though their responses varied, everyone had one thing in common — self-doubt wasn't a part of their routine. It doesn't have to be a part of yours, either.
Check out their answers below and get inspired to throw any remaining bits of self-doubt out the window.
Soraya, 32, recently decided that really taking in and experiencing life is more her style than just snapping photos of it.
Rudolph, 55, has taken it upon himself to study a new language. (He went with English.)
Abi, 20, learned to have confidence in herself no matter what life sends her way.
Megan, 31, recently learned to say "I love you" in German to keep up with her boyfriend who knows seven languages.
Jake, 30, discovered that it's never too late to step outside of your comfort zone.
Jill, 28, is learning to take care of two new and adorable puppies.
Birame, 60, is attending a 4-year college to improve his English skills.
Nikite, 22, realized she can exceed even her own expectations.
Jeff, 63, has been exploring food halls around the world by bike. After several years, Jeff says he realized that meal quality matters more in restaurants than flashy atmospheres.
Jessee, 20, taught herself to navigate around New York after spending only 24 hours in the city.
So whether you’re worried about taking a hard class or taking a big leap — breathe easy. You’ve got this, and the second step is always easier than the first.
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