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The Real Relationship Between Your Age & Your Chance of Success: Albert-László Barabási (Transcript)

Albert-László Barabási at TED Talks

Following is the full text of network theorist Albert-László Barabási’s talk titled “The Real Relationship Between Your Age & Your Chance of Success” at TED conference. In this talk, he explores the hidden mechanisms that drive success and uncovers an intriguing connection between your age and your chance of making it big.

TRANSCRIPT:

Today, actually, is a very special day for me, because it is my birthday. And so, thanks to all of you for joining the party.

But every time you throw a party, there’s someone there to spoil it. Right?

And I’m a physicist, and this time I brought another physicist along to do so. His name is Albert Einstein — also Albert — and he’s the one who said that the person who has not made his great contributions to science by the age of 30 will never do so.

Now, you don’t need to check Wikipedia that I’m beyond 30.

So, effectively, what he is telling me, and us, is that when it comes to my science, I’m deadwood.

Well, luckily, I had my share of luck within my career. Around age 28, I became very interested in networks, and a few years later, we managed to publish a few key papers that reported the discovery of scale-free networks and really gave birth to a new discipline that we call network science today.

And if you really care about it, you can get a PhD now in network science in Budapest, in Boston, and you can study it all over the world.

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