It is always amusing to see the gap between actual drivers of extrinsic success / wealth and attributed drivers. We have a need to believe in romantic stories of hard work and heroic mindset and are painted these pictures in the stories we are told.
In reality, however, the biggest driver of extrinsic success / wealth is privilege by a long shot. Luck and mindset matter – but, privilege is the platform on which it is built.
Acknowledging the real drivers is the first step to building systems that provide better access to opportunity to those who don’t have it.
Source/Note: This image is a working hypothesis/theory after years of obsessing about this topic, studying success, and writing about it..