In five years Columbus opened up a whole new world by discovering the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, and North and South America.
In just under five years, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel.
In less than five years Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet", "Othello", "King Lear", "Macbeth", and five other immortal plays.
In 1961, Julia Child graduated from cooking school with a quirky idea for a TV show. Four years later she won an Emmy as America's favorite TV chef.
Fired from their home improvement jobs, Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus created a business model called Home Depot and went public with their idea. Just three years after losing their jobs, their annual sales were $1 billion.
At age 30, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was living in a 500-square foot apartment. Five years later his net worth was $10 billion.
"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."
(all from Where Will You Be Five Years From Today?)