Never too Late
18 January 2019
Late Blooming Entrepreneurs
Some entrepreneurs decide to take the leap later in life, while their peers are most likely contemplating pre-retirement. And some, launch their business project after one, even two previous careers. For them, it is never too late for a project to see the light of day, even when it comes to the most outside-the-box ideas.
After the DH Code “It is never too late” video was posted, a great number of people reacted in such a vibrant way. Here are a few of the many testimonials we received.
“For more than 20 years, I was employed as a manager in different industries working on transforming business models. From a young age, I always had hundreds of ideas for a business. For me, it finally happened at 40 years old, with JUST BITE, a business that specializes in the preparation and delivery of healthy and nutritious snacks. One thing is for sure: I would have never been able to start, let alone survive my first year if it wasn’t for my network and experience. That’s the reason I was able to effectively take on every step. When you start a business later in life, you know yourself more, but it certainly doesn’t come without resistance, since you are taking yourself out of your comfort zone. I am discovering myself through entrepreneurship. Every morning I wake up with one goal in mind: to touch people’s lives in a positive way.” – Mélanie Grenier, president, JUST BITE
“I worked in the film and television industry for at least 10 years before starting my own business. Like many mothers, I did it after having kids in order to spend more time with them. I was 34 years old. One more year and I wouldn’t have been eligible to receive any grants. Apparently, we are considered young entrepreneurs until age 35. Nevertheless, I don’t feel that age should be the factor that stops you from pursuing your dreams. Today, the market, commerce, business models, and consumer behaviour change continuously. A business doesn’t move like a long and calm river. You need to adapt all the time. I surrounded myself with competent people and I learned gradually. Since I put the brakes on its growth a few times, my business has seen a slow progression, but that worked for me. 11 years have gone by, and today, I am in my element. The values instilled in my company reflect my own.” – Alexandra Pagé, president and founder, Glup bébé inc.
“I immigrated here from France in the 90s, and I worked in media relations for a number of years. At age 40, I wanted to do something else and I decided to take a cabinetmaking course. I became a craftsman, and at 48 years old, I created my own company, Amik Ébénisterie. Then at 50 years old, in my workshop, I started building wooden bicycles with two partners and we created Picolo Vélo. Looking back, I should have done this in my twenties, because this is my true passion. My days are always different. Entrepreneurs never get bored! However, I recognize that my path is what lead me here today. I am certainly more mature and more aware of my capabilities, even if there is always something to learn.” – Loïc Dehoux, co-associate and co-founder Picolo Vélo
“I’ve always been curious about entrepreneurship, since it inspired my brother, and he’s had great success owning his own business. For me however, being comfortable in high-level positions, it was never a good time, without taking into account that I wasn’t financially secure. Until one day, life decided to give me a shake as I was entering my 50s. After 14 years as general director for the same employer, I found myself restructured out of a job. I worked in a few other positions after that, but I was finding it difficult to achieve my goals. I became self-employed three years ago, at 56 years old, and I have never looked back. Age doesn’t really have anything to do with self-accomplishment. I am very proud to have left the beaten path and to be able to share my experience with our staff at our consulting and head hunting firm.” – François Lachaîne, partner and president, BLV Besner Lachaine Valiquette Inc.
“At 52, I purchased the business I had been working at for the past seven years. The occasion presented itself and I said yes, without really thinking about it. I just thought it was a great opportunity for me to grow and reach my full potential. I believed that I could make a difference in the company, primarily by saving jobs. I’ve always admired business people, go-getters with courage, a sense of initiative, and energy. Today, I feel like one of them (well, almost!) and I want to succeed! I embrace the challenge, even though it scares me…” – Nathalie Gauthier, senior partner, sales & marketing, VSM Marketing