Leonard Marsh, who created the off-beat beverage Snapple, struggled for the big time for decades. In 1992, he got there through bringing his company public. Then in 1994, he sold it to Quaker for $1.7 billion, reports Stephen Miller in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Marsh died on May 21st, at age 80. He could become an iconic role model for all of the rest of us late bloomers.
In his book "Old Masters and Young Geniuses," University of Chicago researcher David W. Galenson documents that there is such a phenomenon as the late bloomer. Unlike the Mozarts of the world, they don't find a way to express their talent until late in life. Until then they keep experimenting. An example is Frank Lloyd Wright who didn't start Falling Waters until he was 60 years old.
Now that the economy is improving, more of us Baby Boomers can go for what for us will be the big time. During the worst of times during The Great Recession we learned plenty. For example, I finally nailed down that was standing in my way of success was me. In the next few years the media could be reporting on how we Baby Boomers are bursting into bloom.