One of the most remarkable things about all the hits The Beatles were able to produce is how short of a timespan it all occurred in. The Beatles form in 1960, built up significant popularity in the UK in 1963, hit the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 propelling their popularity in the United States. They then went on a crazy touring spree and crafted multiple albums and were dissolved in 1970. One decade. That’s it.
Not a single member was over 30 when they broke up and they had already rewritten music history by then.
There are so many thoughts to unpack here about:
I reference those three because the Beatles made a significant amount of music in that time and toured significantly. They were doing daily effort. They were also the right people working together for a common goal, and finally, they were learning as they went. You can’t tell me some early twenty-somethings new everything about what it took to become a global phenomenon. They were learning as they went, what they had was the base skills, the music and even that improved with time.
A point that needs clear distinction, I’m not pointing out their age to say that if you aren’t successful by 30, you never will be. In fact, quite the opposite. In the decade their popularity exploded, they all gained more influence and resources than most will ever achieve in their lifetime, as a result they were free to do more of what they wanted with their lives. In the same way, if you take much longer to find your calling and to achieve a strong skillset in it, all it takes is the right flash of inspiration with the right people at the right time and you too can achieve success.
Frank Gehry is a great example of later life success. If it’s for him, it can be for anyone. Success is slow and then all at once. It takes urgency in the daily grind but patience in the long run. Understanding this, finding the right role models, and then keeping your resolve strong is a necessary step in the process.