Inspiring List Reveals Ages Famous People Got Their Big Break, Proves You're Never Too Old For Success

'At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.'

28/04/2016 14:27 | Updated 04 May 2016

Do you ever worry that you're getting "too old" to write that book, run that marathon or chase that career you've always dreamed about?

Well, stop. 

An inspirational Facebook status is here to show you that "whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it".

The status, which was recently shared by Ankati Heather Day, lists some of the most successful people past and present and reveals what they were doing at different ages.

For example, did you know Oprah was fired from her first job at the age of 23, while Alan Rickman didn't even decide to go into acting until he was 42?

Day's status has been shared more than 200,000 times, but she credits the wise words as belonging to another Facebook user, Drew Forrester.

However, other news sources have said the feel-good list was originally the work of musician Sammy James

Although a few of the dates are out by a couple of years, the list has still inspired us to seize the day.

Read our updated version of the inspirational words below:

At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.

At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.

At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.

At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.

At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.

At age 28, Wayne Coyne (from The Flaming Lips) was a fry cook.

At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.

At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.

At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.

Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 49.

Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.

Stan Lee didn’t release his first big comic book until he was 38.

Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42.

Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was 41.

Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at age 52.

Kathryn Bigelow only reached international success when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.

Grandma Moses didn’t begin her painting career until age 76.

Louise Bourgeois wasn't featured in the Museum of Modern Art until she was 71.

Whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it. You aren’t a failure because you haven’t found fame and fortune by the age of 21. Hell, it’s okay if you don’t even know what your dream is yet. Even if you’re flipping burgers, waiting tables or answering phones today, you never know where you’ll end up tomorrow.

Never tell yourself you’re too old to make it.
Never tell yourself you missed your chance.
Never tell yourself that you aren’t good enough.
You can do it. Whatever it is.

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