Get Rich after 50

Get Rich after 50 - Possible or Probable?I recently found a great article about why it is easier to get rich after 50 (see link below).  I’m not sure I agree with it, but it is certainly worth a look if “Greatness After 50” means financial independence for you.

 Still not rich?  Want to get rich after 50?

What is holding you back?  Is your experience a benefit or a burden?  Of course this could apply at any age, but are you really positioned to take advantage of all you have learned over 50+ years?



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Bill Phillips

Bill Phillips has done a number of great things in his life… building a company, writing best selling books and impacting the health of thousands of people.  He also faced a challenge as he approached 50 and has proven that great things are still in store for him after 50.  Here is a post by Bill’s Facebook page…

Me at age 47 left (so embarrassing) now at age 50 on the right. Just like everybody else, when I stop working out and eating right, I lose muscle and gain fat. I had a serious injury a few years ago and had to be in a wheelchair and hospital bed for a long time. I got back on track though and I worked hard to gain muscle and cut my bodyfat from 23% to 8%. I might not ever be as strong as I was before the accident but I am determined to be as good as I can be at this point in my life. Best of all now… I can walk up stairs and even jog a little… I am grateful for every step! If you have had adversity knock you off track, don’t give up! Don’t let age stop you either! You CAN get your body and life back on track! I know, because I did it.

Bill Phillips - greatness after 50

Thank you Bill Phillips for inspiring those of us who look more like your before picture!  With hard work, great things are possible… even after 50 !


Followup: more on the topic from Bill Phillips …

(also from his Facebook page)

Recently I have posted before and now photos of my upper body and I have received several questions about how my injured legs are doing.

Bill Phillips legs before-after injuryHere are before and now photos of the legs: on the left is where my quads were after I got out of a wheelchair and out of leg braces following my accident a while back (legs were very small and very weak and the pain was brutal). On the right are my quads today, over 100 leg workouts later.

I can’t do barbell squats and many other exercises… I can do spin bike at high intensity for quads and pretty light dumbbell squats and light leg extensions.

Remember I severed all quadriceps muscles on both legs from their attachments at the patella by literally tripping and falling down some stairs (yes, I know that was a stupid mistake – but it all worked out for the best believe it or not).

My re-attached quadriceps muscles won’t do everything but I don’t let that stop me… I do the exercises I can do and I try very hard when I am doing them… I work around the injuries and I don’t let limitations stop me.

And as I have mentioned before, I don’t let the fact that I am age 50 stop me either. I still have a way to go so I am working hard to achieve new goals and I am fired up about improving and making more progress in the future. I have a whole new respect and a new compassion for people who are going through adversity because of injury and I know that it is hard and painful and humbling.

I want to show that you can renew your strength and health and feel able and pain-free again. Get back on track and don’t give up!

Bill Phillips is truly an inspiration … not just to those of us over 50, but anyone who wants to achieve things in their life !  Keep it up Bill !


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Quotes on Aging

40 vs 50

This is one of the best quotes on aging that I have seen in quite a while. The quote came from Shawn Phillips on Facebook:

What do you think? Should we get Shawn to be a guest blogger here?

Do you have any quotes on aging that we should post here? Leave a message in the comments !

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Example of Greatness – Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad 110 mile swim age 64Who says you can’t do amazing things over 50 years old?

Certainly not Diana Nyad who, on Monday, Sept.2nd, completed a 53-hour swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida. Nyad is the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She completed the 110-mile swim on her fifth try at age 64.


Here is an article from CNN about her accomplishment.

Key West, Florida (CNN) — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try again.
That’s the message from 64-year-old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who achieved her lifelong goal of conquering the Straits of Florida.

On Monday, she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage, willing her way to a Key West beach just before 2 p.m. ET, nearly 53 hours after jumping into the ocean in Havana for her fifth try in 35 years.

Nyad pumped her fist as she walked onto the beach toward an awaiting medic before being guided to an ambulance.

Diana Nyad ‘getting a little cranky now’

“I got three messages,” an exhausted and happy Nyad told reporters.

“One is we should never ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team,” she said.

Dozens of onlookers — some in kayaks and boats, many others wading in the water or standing on shore — gathered to cheer her on as she finished the more-than-100-mile swim.

Diana Nyad breaks distance record
Diana Nyad to try again

It was a long-awaited triumph for Nyad, who was making her fifth attempt since 1978 and her fourth since turning 60.

The first four tries were marked by gut-wrenching setbacks; if the rough, strength-sapping seas didn’t force her to quit, an hours-long asthma attack or paralyzing and excruciating jellyfish stings did.

But for this swim, besides donning a suit meant to protect her against her jellyfish nemesis, she wore a special mask to prevent jellyfish stings to her tongue, a key factor in her failed attempt last year.

She and her support team didn’t encounter many jellyfish this time. But she had plenty of other challenges, and with roughly 2.5 miles left to go, she paused in the water to thank her crew.

“This is a lifelong dream of mine, and I’m very, very glad to be with you,” she said late Monday morning, treading water as she spoke to her team on the five boats gathered around her, according to the team’s website.

“You pulled through; you are pros and have a great heart. So let’s get going so we can have a whopping party,” she said, according to the website.

Nyad’s age was one of the intriguing aspects of her latest attempts. Nyad, who was 29 when she first tried, said last week that she wanted to show that “you can dream at any age.”

“This time, I am 64. So, the years of my life are shorter to the end,” she said at a news conference in Havana on Friday. “So this time I am, all the way across … going to think about all those life lessons that came up during the swim.”

Fatigue almost seemed poised to derail her again early Monday.

About 7:30 a.m. ET, she was slurring her speech because of a swollen tongue and lips, her support team reported on its website.

As the team called her around dawn for her first feeding since midnight, she took longer than normal to reach the support boat, the report said.

Divers swam ahead of her, collecting jellyfish and moving them out of Nyad’s path.
When instructed Monday morning to follow the path that’s been cleared for her, she flashed her sense of humor, replying, “I’ve never been able to follow it in my life,” according to the website.

Nyad’s home stretch followed an overnight in which she became so cold, the team didn’t stop her for feeding until first light “in the hopes that swimming would keep her warm,” the website said.

Every stroke she swam put her deeper into record territory. On Sunday night, she broke Penny Palfrey’s record for the farthest anyone has managed on the trek without a shark cage.

In 1997, Australian Susie Maroney completed the swim from within a shark cage. She was 22 at the time.

Nyad set out from Havana at 8:59 a.m. Saturday with a crew of 35, including divers to watch for sharks.

In her first attempt to cross the Straits of Florida in 1978, rough seas left her battered, delirious and less than halfway toward her goal.

She tried again twice in 2011, but her efforts ended after an 11-hour asthma attack and jellyfish stings.

Last year, she abandoned an attempt about halfway through after severe jellyfish stings and a lightning storm put her in danger.

Nyad was a swimming sensation before these attempts. In the 1970s, she won multiple swimming marathons and was one of the first women to swim around the island of Manhattan.

Nyad said she was 8 years old when she first dreamed about swimming across the Straits of Florida. At the time, she was in Cuba on a trip from her home in Florida in the 1950s, before Fidel Castro led a Communist takeover in Cuba and the country’s relations with the United States soured.

The Los Angeles woman had said this was going to be her final attempt.


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Survey – Is it ever too late to get in shape?

Has the question ever crossed you mind… “Is it too late to get in shape?”

The video below addresses that question and features some craziness from ‘Unstoppable Sam’ along with his “60 Second Science” segment that asks ‘Is Alzheimer’s A Form Of Diabetes?’ Check out the video below and be sure to leave a comment !

How about you? What preconception do you have about an age where it is “too late to get in shape”?

Almost every person I’ve ever met has thought that they could be in better shape but only a very small percentage of people are actively working a plan to get them into better shape. How about you? Is it too late for you to get in shape?

Of course not. You just need to follow some simple guidelines to improve your health and exercise properly. Sounds simply but why aren’t more people in better shape?

Too late to get in shape … when you retire?

One excuse we often hear is that “I don’t have time to eat right and exercise.” but doesn’t that excuse go out the window when you retire? If you were truthful, wasn’t the real answer that you didn’t put a high enough priority on exercise and when you retire, you are still not likely to change your exercise schedule? Yes, we ask the hard questions here at Greatness After 50 !

So, what is holding you back? It is not too late to get in shape !

Do something today that is different from yesterday and move in a better direction. Take it one day at a time and don’t worry if you slide back some days. The key is consistency and to keep moving toward the body of your dream. And if that doesn’t work, go for a run with a beautiful member of the opposite sex and chase that “body of your dreams”! Either way, you will be healthier for it !

What do you think?  Leave a comment and let us know where you stand !


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Bill Cosby – View from the Old Side

Bill Cosby, 75, legendary comedian,  performed his [seated] stand up act on the David Letterman show recently.  His act uses the view of aging from the older person’s perspective as a source of humor.

Bill Cosby is currently 75 (as of March 2013), has been an entertainer for over 50 years and uses his insights on the aging process as part of ongoing act.

Check it out !


Bill Cosby – Background:

(from wikipedia)

William Henry “Bill” Cosby Jr., (born July 12, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at the hungry i in San Francisco and various other clubs, then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy.

He later starred in his own sitcom, The Bill Cosby Show. He was one of the major characters on the children’s television series The Electric Company during its first two seasons, and created the educational cartoon comedy series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about a group of young friends growing up in the city. Cosby has also acted in a number of films.

During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in one of the decade’s defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which aired eight seasons from 1984 to 1992. It was the number one show in America for five straight years (1985–89). The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American family. He also produced the spin-off sitcom A Different World, which became second to The Cosby Show in ratings.

He starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000 and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons.

In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included him in his book The 100 Greatest African Americans.

In 1976, Cosby earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.


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Think about it…

Goal of Life

We all die.

The goal is not to live forever,

the goal is to create something that will live forever.

[ Image found on Facebook ]


What greatness are you creating that will live forever?

If you start a project that lives on in the hearts of an organization, does it matter if you aren’t there when it is completed?

If you did not have to worry about how long it took, what would you start today?



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Keep On Dancin’!

Ballroom Dance by Nuno Duarte

Ballroom Dance. Photo by Nuno Duarte, source: Unidentified ballroom dancers

Guest Blogger:

Rosann Levy,
Her award winning memoir, It’s Never Too Late To Dance, Life’s Journey to Empowerment, Success & Change was published in August, 2009.


I love the show “Dancing With The Stars!”

Since the end of their Fall 2012 season, I’ve waited impatiently, and finally the 16th season of my favorite program is beginning again. And to confirm my delight, Barbara Walters’s 20/20 special called Best in TV: The Greatest Shows of our Time named Dancing With the Stars the number one reality show.

I love to dance!

10 years ago my husband and I opened a Latin Ballroom dance studio in the heart of Soho, New York. At the same time dancing was becoming “hot” with Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance hitting the air waves, and the movie Shall We Dance with Richard Gere was opening in theaters around the country. I am sure this was coincidental, but this confirmed my reasons even more so for wanting to expose people of all ages, all skills and all walks of life to one of the most beneficial and pleasurable activities one can do.

I was aware of the hype around dance shows and movies, but didn’t have time to avail myself of this new entertainment….. owning and operating my dance studio was all consuming. It was work, but fun and gave me an opportunity to learn new dance moves feeding my passion. I enjoyed introducing the allure and social aspects of dance. I especially enjoyed introducing it to those who told me “I have two left feet,” and converting them. From the moment students step onto the dance floor, the room is lit up with smiles! Along with smiles was an air of confidence, as they counted 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 to Salsa or rock step, 1, 2, 3, to the Cha Cha. I watched as people turned their fears into pleasure.

When I turned 60…

I started ballroom dancing when I turned 60 and opened Soho Dance when I turned 62. I am not a professional dancer and like most to the world, I have two left feet. But when my husband and I step on the dance floor I feel like Ginger Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire as we glide along the ballroom floor. Dancing brings out my creativity and it is something I can do for many years to come.

Dancing opens doors.

Dancing has opened many doors for me. Aside from learning the basics of the Fox Trot, Salsa, Cha Cha and other fabulous Latin Ballroom dances, it rekindled my relationship with my husband; it fulfilled me emotionally and physically and taught me how to really enjoy my life. Additionally, it was instrumental in my writing my memoir; It’s Never Too Late To Dance, for which I also won an award from the Connecticut Press Club. My mission was and still is to share my inspirational message: reinvent, fulfill dreams and live your passions at any stage or age of life. Embrace fear; take a risk and live life to the fullest.

“Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, but rather, to dance in the rain.”

Rosann - Dance

“Keep on dancin’!”

Rosann Levy
The Roart Group, LLC

Her award winning memoir, It’s Never Too Late To Dance, Life’s Journey to Empowerment, Success & Change was published in August, 2009.



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Steve Carell turns 50

“Shut up about your age” – Steve Carell

Doesn’t Steve look good?

Enjoy the video below. Conan O’Brien interviews Steve Carell and gives him some impromptu characters to create…


Leave your comments below !

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Greatness 100+ Story – Fauja Singh

101 Year Old RunnerFrom post on Facebook

about Fauja Singh  …

Fauja Singh, 101.

Starting running at the age of 89.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.


Fauja’s Running Career
(from Wikipedia) …

Rediscovered running at age of 81
Marathons run: London (5), Toronto (2), New York (1)
Marathon debut: London, 2000, aged 89
London Flora Marathon 2000: 6:54
London Flora Marathon 2001: 6:54
London Flora Marathon 2002: 6:45
Bupa Great North Run (Half Marathon) 2002: 2:39
London Flora Marathon 2003: 6:02
Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2003: 5:40
New York City Marathon 2003: 7:35
London Flora Marathon 2004: 6:07
Glasgow City Half Marathon 2004: 2:33
Capital Radio Help a London Child 10,000 m 2004: 1:08
Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon 2004: 2:29:59
Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011: 8:11:06
Hong Kong Marathon (10 km) 2012: 1:34 (raised $25,800 for charity)

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