We are fed a lot of silly myths in school, especially on what it takes to be successful in the adult world.
We are told that you have to be smarter or richer or meaner or harder working or come from a better family or go to the right college or take the right classes or suck up to the right people or say the right platitudes or read the right books or yes, just be luckier than the other guy.
Meh. Sure, a lot of the latter can factor in somewhat, but in my experience, the people who are more successful than the other guy, are so simply because they care more.
They. Care. More.
About the work. About the product. About the problem. About the solution. About the customer. About the relationship. About the humanity of it all.
Which makes it much easier for them to work late, work the weekend, study the problem harder, think more strategically or heck, just be nicer and even stay sane during the more difficult times.
And the same is true for businesses. People can tell. And with the Internet, people can tell their friends.