To give you an idea of what this looks like, let's take a quick look into the childhood of Bill Gates:
"Opportunity number one was that Gates got sent to Lakeside. How many high schools in the world had access to a time-sharing terminal in 1968? Opportunity number two was that the mothers of Lakeside had enough money to pay for the school's computer fees. Number three was that, when that money ran out, one of the parents happened to work at C-Cubed, which happened to need someone to check its code on the weekends, and which also happened not to care if weekends turned into weeknights. Number four was that Gates just happened to find out about ISI, and ISI just happened to need someone to work on its payroll software..."The story continues to explore several other "opportunities" that were presented to Gates that eventually led to his multi-billion dollar success. Gladwell continues to reiterate throughout the book that successful people do not simply "rise from nothing" yet are handed opportunity after opportunity and continue to persue them (sometimes blindly) until they have eventually achieved their success. As I am reading this, it raises the question of: does pure luck exist? Are some people simply "luckier" and dealt better cards than others in life, thus leading to their success?
I have a viewpoint on this but I am curious to hear from you first. Feel free to comment or share your ideas at TheDailyChallengeBlog@gmail.com.