When it comes to success, age is just a number. Van Gogh only sold one piece of art before he passed away, and it was to his brother.
According to a recent study, success is “a combination of personality, persistence and pure luck, as well as intelligence.” Younger people are more productive, increasing the likeliness of obtaining success. They have the energy and the free time (no day job) to keep experimenting.
But experience puts in the bones in the goose. Work at something long enough you're bound to have a breakthrough. A thousand drops make a bucket; little actions create waves.
“The bottom line is: Brother, never give up. When you give up, that’s when your creativity ends.” — Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, one of the data researchers leading the study into scientific careers