Rodney Dangerfield started writing jokes when he was 15. He finally hit it big when he was 52.
Ray Kroc was 52 when he started McDonalds.
Orville Redenbacher was 58 when he founded his popcorn business.
Ronald Reagan was a B-List actor who was 56 when he became Governor of California and 70 when he became President of the United States.
Grandma Moses was 78 when she started painting.
Tina Turner was 44 when she recorded her first #1 hit.
He was in his late thirties and early forties before he had any remarkable success or power.
(And I watched that when I was a kid, too - I don't remember much of it.)
Frank Lloyd Wright, though successful early in his life, had all kinds of rises and falls in his career. He's also a terrific story about Renaissance in your own life.
Who knew that at 30, Julia Child was a spy and Martha Stewart was a stockbroker?
Reasonable people may respectfully disagree about whether or not he was a good president and whether or not he took the country in the right direction, but I think anyone saying he was not a successful person is using a very different definition of "success" than the common meaning.
No, it was all because your Actor-President gave a nice speech and ran a deficit.
(If I was American I'd probably vote for Democrats most of the time, but it's funny how users seem to know exactly what did or didn't cause the fall of the Eastern Bloc)
Ronny Ray Gun just happened to be in office at the time.
But becoming president of the US is huge! Only a few dozen people have ever managed to do so :-)
I mean, he was in office when it happened, right? He must have caused it.