December 10, 2015
On Wednesday, 9 December 2015 at 11:04:46 UTC, Tony wrote:
> On Wednesday, 9 December 2015 at 10:44:35 UTC, Ola Fosheim Grøstad wrote:
>> On Wednesday, 9 December 2015 at 10:33:33 UTC, Tony wrote:
>>> On Wednesday, 9 December 2015 at 09:27:55 UTC, deadalnix wrote:
>>>> Later in life, either you were not talented and most likely not made it, or you were talented and busy capitalizing and what you made younger.
>>> That's a very good point. Capitalizing or lacking equivalent motivation.
>> Actually it isn't. Capitalizing is to a large extent related to superficial aspects such as connections, appearance and playing by the rules. Although some people get famous for being different, they are in the small minority. But it makes better stories and headlines.
> How are you defining "capitalizing"?

Once you made it big with something, you become a reference in that area. You can continue to work on it, producing various incremental improvement, polishing and so on. You gain influence on youngster and can have impact that way. You are usually in a respectable position.

You also have a lot to loose. If you go into some stupid new project you can end up looking like a moron if it doesn't pan out, while, by doing nothing or keeping improving what made you big in the first place, you do just fine.

Once you are amongst the top at something, why would you throw it all away to start something new ? Some will do it, but overall it is uncommon. On the other hand, incentive are just not the same for youngsters.

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