Someone asked about becoming a billionaire on Quora and Justine Musk jumped in with a fantastic answer.
“One of the many qualities that separate billionaires from the rest of us is their ability to ask the right questions.”
“We live in a culture that celebrates determination and hard work, but let me stress: these are the qualities that keep you in the game after most everybody else has left… Determination and hard work are necessary, yes, but they are the minimum requirements.”
There answer is much longer than what you see here and worth the time. We (Americans, at least) tend to talk up hard work and determination like they’re the key to success and if you’re not successful, you must be lazy and not working hard enough. Those factors obviously help, but there are so many other things to consider.
Read all of Justine’s smart answer to the question, Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in all the necessary work required? on Quora.