Are You a Late Bloomer?


Are you an early bloomer? A late bloomer? Mid-life?

I cannot answer that question, myself. I’ve been a life-long learner, and I’ve enjoyed every stage of my life. I’m curious, though, about how other people feel about their lives.

[Via: Funders and Founders.]

2 Replies to “Are You a Late Bloomer?”

  1. Hi Jewel,

    Like you, I’ve enjoyed the various stages of my life (so far) and learning throughout. But in considering the comments in the article, “Late Bloomers Who Suceeded Despite Their Age”, I have a few reactions to the “succeed” idea.

    In common usage, someone being ‘successful’ means getting rich and/or famous but, as I see it, there are multiple problems in calling someone that. First is how rich is rich? By world standards, someone who is middle-income* in the US is very rich.

    Second, it implies that some people are not ‘successful’ and that everyone is trying to be as rich and famous as possible. I think that most people are really just trying to get by tho, find a job that they can do and like well enough. People are generally seeking happiness; and wealth and/or fame can be a boost to that, of course, but too much drive for those can be counter productive.

    Of the billions of people in the world, the vast majority of us are really just getting along and trying to be happy, finding our own value and meaning (independent of what society tells us), and many of us are quite successful at that.


    – Wayne –

    * I also don’t like to be called a ‘middle class’ as my income level does not completely define who I am. In many ways I am more accurately described as ‘intellectual class’ (in the US that’s easy to achieve as I’m a bit smarter and more knowledgable than average, understand that Evolution is true, in other ways tend to avoid nonsense, etc).

    1. Wayne, thank you for your insightful comments. I agree with you. Money isn’t everything, and certainly is only one barometer of a person’s “worth”. The amount of money a person has says little about their character. I do think that making an income up to a certain point — $75k according to Princeton researchers ( — brings greater happiness. But once the basic needs are fulfilled, the rest is extra. Then, it comes down to our experiences and the people we have in our life.

      I think I’m going to start calling myself the “intellectual class”, too!

      Thank you for the reminder.

      — Jewel

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