These three Black female entrepreneurs are proof that age is just a number.

I’ve had a lot of my coaching clients come to me voicing general dissatisfaction with their careers. They’re staying in jobs that they just don’t like or continuing on in roles that don’t fulfill them because of one predominant thought: “I’m too old to make a change. There’s no turning back at this point in life.” That limiting narrative has nothing to do with reality. You’re never too old to make positive changes. In honor of Black History Month, let’s celebrate a few beautiful Black female entrepreneurs who made a change later in life. Their success demonstrates that age is just a number.

“If you’ve been believing that you’re too old to make an impact or improve your life, I hope that you let these women inspire you.”

First, there’s Ms. Marcia Duhart, who started her new venture after age 50. During her final years at Merrill Lynch, where she taught others to use computers, she used her free time to test the idea of teaching elders how to be digitally literate, too. Many seniors were feeling out of the loop, and she recognized a need for empowerment. After retiring from Merrill Lynch, she founded CyberSeniors Services, which offers classes and one-on-one sessions to the elderly.

Next, we have the example of Ms. Deborah Ramsey, who started her entrepreneurial journey at age 56. After suffering through a couple of corporate layoffs, she decided to take her career into her own hands. She founded a natural wellness spa where she provides great products and services to women.

Finally, there’s my “she-ro,” Ms. Ernestine Shepherd—the oldest female bodybuilder. She started working out at age 56, and thanks her sister for that inspiration. She’s competed in many bodybuilding competitions. Now at the age of 84, she’s happily retired, but it’s my understanding that she still teaches fitness classes to senior men and women. Her first classes topped out at around 10 enrollees; these days, it’s nearly impossible to get on the waiting list.

None of these women let their age stop them from starting something new. They took action to make a positive impact in the world, and there are so many others just like them. So, what’s that thing that you’ve always wanted to do? If you’ve been believing that you’re too old to make an impact or improve your life, I hope that you let these women inspire you. If they can do it, why can’t you?

If you’re ready to make that career change or start a new business, I can help you. I’ve been in your shoes. As a coach, I’ll help you gain clarity on what it is, exactly, that you want to create in your life. I’ll guide you through any roadblocks that might arise and help you to cultivate a mindset of success. Check out my website here and schedule your complimentary breakthrough session with me. Let’s explore what your next chapter looks like.

As we end this year’s Black history month, let us be reminded that our history is neither dead nor distant from us. Rather, it’s an integral part of the American story. As Black people, we continue to honor our ancestors by choosing to walk in our greatness—no matter our age. Take care out there; I’ll look forward to hearing from you!