TANYA NEL WAS 50 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE DECIDED TO LEAVE A RELATIVELY STABLE JOB IN PUBLISHING AND START HER OWN CATERING COMPANY. ALTHOUGH DIFFICULT, SHE SAYS IT WAS THE BEST THING SHE’S EVER DONE

Kris Jenner, the Queen Mother of Momagers became a mogul after the age of 50… what’s stopping you?

Many of us believe our lives have to follow a set trajectory. That’s not surprising, since high school students as young as 16 are required to choose subjects aligned to specific careers. At the tender age of 18, they enrol at university and start specialising in their chosen fields, after which opportunities get narrower as people take their initial steps into the rest of their lives.

It doesn’t have to be that way. World-renowned bridal designer Vera Wang was in her 40s when she decided to leave journalism and start designing wedding gowns. Acclaimed director Ava DuVernay was 32 when she first picked up a camera in 2005. Thirteen years after that, she was recognised as the first African-American woman to direct a film (A Wrinkle in Time) with a budget of over $100 million (over R15 billion).

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