This process of looking out for anecdotes has had two main functions. Firstly it has helped me to see that very few famous people have followed a traditional path to their role and secondly amongst people we know (not all of whom are famous) and see regularly that it is now normal for there have been several career changes, retraining. Sitting exams your 40s now seems fairly normal for example and that the exception is often the rule. Secondly it has also given me much confidence is our path of life learning is heading us to be exceptional. Exceptional is what stands you out it's dual meaning of both proving the rule and being the best is why, I guess, it appeals to an outsider the boxer like me.
A full list of of 2011 gallivants is here