There’s a growing understanding that success may have as much to do with luck and opportunity as it does with talent, skill, mental toughness, hard work, tenacity, optimism, growth mindset, and emotional intelligence.

Scott Barry Kaufman, writing for Scientific American:

Luck and opportunity may play a far greater role than we ever realized, across a number of fields, including financial trading, business, sports, art, music, literature, and science. Their argument is not that luck is everything; of course talent matters. Instead, the data suggests that we miss out on a really importance piece of the success picture if we only focus on personal characteristics in attempting to understand the determinants of success.