It is said that there is no shortcuts to success. Similarly, the failures happens when one accepts the same. There are very best examples in our world which is very hard to digest. The success stories might be sweet to listen, but the hard story behind every such story is bitter. So my friend, to achieve something that you deeply desire, you need to work each day to shorten the distance towards that dream. Be motivated and try to put your effort for the same.
Do you know about Paul Valthatty? He was equally best when compared with Sachin Tendulkar before. Dramatically, he was injured which made his career slow down. He didn't give up his hope. Somehow he managed to recover from it and came back to his dream. He had scored quite well in some of the starting seasons of IPL. It is you who can make it happen. The outsiders may be helpful to motivate you in this. If you think 24 is a late for you, then it is late. If you dare not to think the way it is, then you are ready to redefine your life.
Stay motivated, Achieve heights.