There is no magical formula for achieving great success. There’s no wand you can wave that will turn you into an instant celebrity in your chosen field. This applies to both the world of business and the world of arts. It takes hard work and patience to succeed at anything you are passionate about. Just ask John Rapisardi.

From an early age, Rapisardi had a passion for creative photography. You might say that artistic instincts were is in his blood. He comes from a long line of Sicilian writers, poets, and intellectuals. Before their immigration to America, the Rapisardis were a big deal in their native Sicily. John Rapisardi’s great ancestor, Mario Raspardi, was a revered and famous 19th-century poet.

But here’s the thing: pursuing your artistic interests doesn’t always pay the bills. Fortunately, growing up, John was exposed to the real estate business and found that he had a natural aptitude for it.

Rapisardi explains how his mother was a leading real estate agent at Sotheby’s Westchester. While keen to pursue his creative passion for portrait and travel photography, he decided at a young age to make efficient use of his instinctive flair for business.

Something of a renaissance man, Rapisardi studied music composition and production under Grammy-nominated classical composer Zhou Tian at Colgate University, while he was also developing his photography skills and learning everything he could about the real estate business.

John’s diligent work ethic paid off. Today, the 27-year-old New Yorker works on large-scale real estate projects across the globe. In his spare time, when he’s not working on real estate projects, Rapisardi can be found traveling the world and developing his photography portfolio. He has even found time to set up his own fashion photography business and has shot various models and social media personalities.

It would appear that starting young really is the key to great success. Mark Zuckerberg was in college when he started Facebook. Warren Buffett began purchasing stocks when he was just 11 years old, and Bill Gates got the ball rolling when he was a teenager.

Youngsters possess an impregnable self-belief, are fiercely focused, and, more importantly, they have a whole lifetime of experience ahead of them to learn from their mistakes and perfect their business model. It’s easier to adopt good habits at a young age, and a young mind is more susceptible to learning. It’s not rocket science – starting young really does give you an edge.

When asked about the secret of his success, Rapisardi won’t hesitate to tell you it’s all about pursuing what makes you want to wake up in the morning and grabbing the bull by the horns. And with many decades ahead of him, it’s safe to say this rodeo is far from over.

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