It’s Not Too Late

A lesson learned from La La Land

The bride and I enjoyed a date night last Saturday and went to the Alamo Drafthouse to see La La Land. I’m a big fan of classic musicals, so the bride had a good feeling this movie would be right up my alley. She wasn’t wrong.

Ryan Gosling as Sebastian from the movie La La Land

There were a number of things about this moving that I found amazing.  All of the instrumental numbers. The way they gave every scene the space to breathe. The fact that this movie was made at all! Ryan Gosling’s unfathomable piano skills (he learned to play specifically for this movie and in doing so proved Tim Ferriss right).

La La Land also reminded me of something that has been a guiding principle for me for over 20 years now, but [SPOILER ALERT] it’s something that the main characters in the film got wrong.

It’s Not Too Late.

It’s not too late to start that novel you’ve been dreaming of writing. It’s not too late to walk out the door from the job that is slowly sucking your soul away. It’s not too late to salvage the relationship that slipped through your fingers.

In short, it’s not too late to try. To give it an effort. To leave it all (including the regret) out there on the field and know that if you fail, it wasn’t from a lack of trying.

But to never make the attempt because you thought it was just too late to matter is a tragedy.

Colonel Sanders was 62 when he opened the first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise location. Is it later for you to start your own business than it was for Colonel Sanders?

Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt didn’t start writing until after he retired from teaching and his first book, Angela’s Ashes, wasn’t published until McCourt was 66. Is it later for you to start your first book than it was for Frank McCourt?

Grandma Moses didn’t begin her true life’s work – painting – until she was 78. Is it later for you to pick up a paintbrush than it was for Grandma Moses?

I know you. There’s something in the back of your mind you’ve always wanted to try, but either yourself or someone else has told you that it’s too late. It’s not. Pick up the phone or the paintbrush or the keyboard and take the first step today.

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