I think you will find that compounding wins after time is added to a mix of effort and talent.
But I found this long-form article on the power of compounding absolutely fascinating.
Read it for yourself, but it turns out that Warren Buffett and ice ages both begin the same way.
They start small and use the power of time to their advantage.
Consistency is a powerful tool that many seem to overlook.
The article concludes:
But there are times when you have to relentlessly leave something that looks small alone so it has a chance of compounding into something big. Charlie Munger explained: “The first rule of compounding: Never interrupt it unnecessarily.” Start investing as young as you can. Encourage young people to do the same. Build a reputation through small, consistent acts. That’s where everything huge begins.