Ray Kroc was selling milkshake mixers when he decided to switch careers and convince the McDonald brothers to let him franchise their restaurant.
He was 52.
"Late-career job changes have become more common over the past several decades at the same time that working longer has become more necessary," concludes a study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. "The rise in job-changing appears to be largely voluntary, with workers likely moving to jobs that they consider better."
Marsha Lindsey is one of those people. She retired from a career as a corporate lobbyist in Dallas and made a hard left turn. At the age of 54, she opened Lucky Dog Barkery in a trendy shopping center.
"My next door neighbor was upset, 'They're moving a dog store over here!'" she said. But her neighbors soon changed their minds.