Balance Career

There is no best before date when it comes to pursuing our dreams

Written by Allison Wolf

It’s never too late to go after something meaningful.

It’s easy in this day and age to think that if we haven’t accomplished something BIG by the age of 30 it’s too late.

Reading about all these baby success stories doesn’t help.

What does help is paying attention to all the late bloomers and older adults doing inspiring things.

Ninety-four year old John Goodenough, whose work led to the development of the lithium-ion battery, with team at his University of Texas has created a safer battery that may store up to five times more power and charge and recharge charge in minutes.

Medium,com featured a story today with nine examples of people who waited until their third, fourth, or fifth decades to pursue their dreams.

My favourite mystery writer of all time, PD James, was a working mother. She wrote her first novel, Cover Her Face, in the evenings after the children went to bed and during her commute to work. It was published in 1962 when she was 42 years old.

I didn’t discover my passion for coaching until my later thirties, and launched my coaching business when I was 41 years old.

Legal careers can provide excellent launch pads for other exploits such as writing. Here is a list of attorneys writing romance novels, and another list of mystery writers.

Down the street from my home on Salt Spring Island a former big firm lawyer runs one of the island’s most popular cafes featuring her home baked cakes and cookies.

Is there something you aren’t doing because you think you are too old?



About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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