Being a Rock Star has nothing to do with how or why you got into Infosec (or sushi or whatever). It doesn’t matter.
Perhaps you were fascinated at an early age, maybe you needed a job, or very likely for many, this is where the opportunities and money were.
It doesn’t matter how or why Jiro Ono got into sushi. It does matter that he is fantastic, that he rocks.
What matters is what happens after you’ve arrived.
Do you have passion? Even a little bit? Have you fallen in love with your work?
He has a small 10 seat restaurant that serves only sushi, nothing else. No appetizers, desserts, etc. He has dedicated his life to sushi and he is enormously happy. He may be the greatest sushi chef ever.
Even if you are damned good you can’t compete with someone who is damn good and passionate.
Rock stars are passionate. They are in love with what they do. Even if you are damned good you can’t compete with someone who is damn good and passionate. You may have difficulty competing with someone who is merely good yet passionate.
If you are not passionate, you simply cannot be a Rock Star.
You must fall in Love with your work.
Jiro did not remotely find instant success. He also did not go on a “Journey of self discovery to The Himalayas” or any similar nonsense. Jiro did not need to find himself. He created himself.
Of course no one is passionate about every aspect of their job; that would be silly. Don’t set too high a bar! I’m passionate about what I do, but that last cancelled flight home less than 48 hours ago sucked and expense reports are drudgery! Too many people do have unrealistic expectations of what passion actually is, but its importance cannot be understated!
The world will have its ups and downs, and they can be significant. Have you created a career (and life) that you love? Have you fallen in love with your work? That will sustain you.