At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.

At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job. 

At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer. 

At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.  

At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.

At age 28, Wayne Coyne ( from The Flaming Lips) was a fry cook.

At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter. 

At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker. 

At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.

Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.

Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.

Stan Lee didn’t release his first big comic book until he was 40.

Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career and landed his first movie role at age 42.

Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first major movie role until he was 46.

Morgan Freeman landed his first major movie role at age 52.

Kathryn Bigelow won the Academy Award for Best Director when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.

Grandma Moses didn’t begin her painting career until age 76.

Louise Bourgeois didn’t become a famous artist until she was 78.

Whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it. You aren’t a failure because you haven’t found fame and fortune by the age of 21. Hell, it’s okay if you don’t even know what your dream is yet. Even if you’re flipping burgers, waiting tables or answering phones today, you never know where you’ll end up tomorrow.

Never tell yourself you’re too old to make it. 

Never tell yourself you missed your chance. 

Never tell yourself that you aren’t good enough. 

You can do it. Whatever it is. 

Ilvermorny Sortings

I have been thinking about these houses all day and I like @theconsultingdramaqueen and her theory, so I am going to expand it a bit.

A SLYTHERIN VALUES AMBITION BUT DEFINES THEMSELF BY
Wampus - What they have done and will do. What am I doing to achieve my ambitions?
Thunderbird - Who has inspired them and the dreams of others that have woven themselves into their ambitions.
Pukwudgie - How passionate they are about their ambitions. How intensely do I believe in my dream?
Horned Serpent - Their beliefs and their ideologies surrounding their ambition. Their knowledge gets them to their goal.

A HUFFLEPUFF VALUES LOYALTY AND HARD WORK BUT DEFINES THEMSELF BY
Wampus - How they show their loyalty. What are they working hard towards?
Thunderbird - The inspiration from their peers. How have other people inspired them?
Pukwudgie - The intensity of their loyalty and the passion behind their hard work. Why do you work hard?
Horned Serpent - Their beliefs and ideas behind their loyalty and hard work. Your mind drives your actions.

A RAVENCLAW VALUES CREATIVITY AND INTELLIGENCE BUT DEFINES THEMSELF BY
Wampus - What they have created and what they do with their intelligence.
Thunderbird - The creativity of others and how it has inspired you to be more creative.
Pukwudgie - The passion behind your creativity and how you feel about learning new things.
Horned Serpent - Their beliefs and their ideologies that manifest into more knowledge and learning

A GRYFFINDOR VALUES BRAVERY BUT DEFINES THEMSELF BY
Wampus - Their brave actions and what they have done to be brave and chivalrous.
Thunderbird - The inspiration acquired from their brave peers and the lessons they have learned from others about bravery
Pukwudgie - Their feelings and emotions behind the bravery, why they commit to bravery.
Horned Serpent - Their beliefs and how their mind shapes their actions of bravery.


People are trying to correlate the Hogwarts houses with the Ilvermorny houses but I think their is no correlation. They have their similarities but are ultimately different. Please comment your opinion :)

There's something I want to clear the air about

Not all Gryffindors are brave, and most feel fear. Gryffindors aren’t in their house because they are super courageous; it’s because that’s what they want to be. That’s why Peter Pettigrew was a Gryffindor. More than anything, he wanted to be brave, something his friends were but he was not. That’s why Hermione was in Gryffindor; she loved intelligence, but she wanted more than anything to be brave, to stand up to her bullies.

Not all Slytherins are evil, and in fact, most aren’t. Slytherins prize ambition over anything else. That doesn’t mean they have a disregard for other people; it just means they’re willing to manipulate, cheat, and lie to get what they want. Some Slytherins have a very strong view of right and wrong, a very black-and-white view of justice, and no matter what, they won’t cross the line. Others are flat-out willing to do anything for power.

Hufflepuffs are not all pushovers. If that was their defining characteristic, Peter Pettigrew would be one. No, Hufflepuffs are loyal. They’re loyal to the end. Our perception of them is that they’re soft, the “potato house” as I’ve heard them be referred to. But that’s a complete misconception. More than anything, Hufflepuffs prize loyalty, and they make the best friends because of this.

Ravenclaws are not all geniuses. In fact, many suck at school, because they’re too busy pursuing whatever information they want rather than what they’re told to learn. Ravenclaws prize intelligence and more than anything else, a questioning mind, a thirst for knowledge. They’re not always the smartest people, but they want to be, and they’re never done learning.

You’re not sorted into Houses because you are brave, ambitious, loyal or intelligent; you’re sorted into Houses because you want to be brave, ambitious, loyal, or intelligent. It’s the qualities you value, not the qualities you possess, which earn you your placing.