QuoteOriginally posted by: CrashedMintWell, no not really of course. There are probably even lots of examples where some 40 year old guy decided to do something brand new and succeeded, but whenever I read posts of guys in their late 30s finishing their degrees I can't stop but feel really sad. I might be because I moonlighted at a place once and a lot of the lab assistants there were between 35 and 40 and "about to defend soon". They seemed so sad, it's hard to put it in words.Oh, come on, this is a bit harsh. If they are 35 to 40 and never finish it would be sad, but if they actually finish, then it can't be that sad. Compare to an auto mechanic or other laborer that hits 40 and has aching joints and a bad back. There are much worse situations to be in than getting a PhD at 40. It may be more sad to think about the people that wanted to get a PhD in their 30's but never went for it and now regret it.Most people going for a PhD don't do it for the money, they do it because they like studying the subject. If that's viewed as a shortcoming, then so be it. But I'll determine my sadness on a case by case basis.