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Stuck in a Rut? Get Inspired with 3 Amazing Reinvention Stories

Have you been feeling meh about life lately?  Do you wish your life was different but don't feel too motivated to do anything about it?  If so, read on to get inspired.  We have 3 amazing stories of reinvention to get you out of your rut:

1. J.K. Rowling

Unless you've been living under a rock, we're sure you're familiar with the Harry Potter series.  However, did you also know the author, J.K. Rowling, experienced significant personal and professional struggles before publishing her first book?  Although Rowling conceived the idea for the Potter books in 1990, she got divorced, experienced depression, and went on welfare before finishing her first book in 1995.  Then, it was rejected by several publishers before being accepted.  Today, she is the world's richest author with a net worth just under $1 billion.

2. Jo Farkas

In her mid-60s, clinical psychologist Jo Farkas decided she wanted to pursue her passion for the arts so she auditioned for a lead role in the musical “Kudzu.”  She got the part and over the next 20 years, went on to have a very successful acting career.  You may have seen her in such films as “My Best Friend's Wedding” and “Meatballs 4.”  She's also appeared on the TV shows, “Weeds” and “Ellen,” proving that no matter how old you are, you're never too old to reinvent yourself!

3. John Corcoran

Unlike the other people we've profiled, John Corcoran isn't a celebrity, but his reinvention is no less inspiring.  Although he was a college graduate and had even been a teacher for years, he was ashamed that he could only read at an elementary school level.  Corcoran had resigned himself to this until the age of 48 when he overheard two women talking about how proud they were that their older brother was learning to read.  Not long afterward, Corcoran walked into a reading clinic.  Within two years, he was reading at a 12th grade level.  Since then, he's written poetry, authored books, and established a tutoring foundation to help others learn to read.

Feeling inspired to reinvent yourself now?  Check out our post, Reinvent Yourself at Any Age.