Author: Malcolm Gladwell
We pretend that success is exclusively a matter of individual merit. But there’s nothing in any of the histories we’ve looked at so far to suggest things are that simple. These are stories, instead, about people who were given a special opportunity to work really hard and seized it, and who happened to come of age at a time when that extraordinary effort was rewarded by the rest of society.
Being at the right place at the right time really helps but many other people are also there at that same time. What differentiates the successful is the willingness to work hard enough to exploit the opportunity.