Read: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell argues that both nature and nurture play a big part in explaining the successes that capture our attention. Not only should you work hard at developing your skills (the magical threshold of 10.000 hours of practice sets you apart from the majority by default), but you should also realize that your background and current social economic surroundings play a big role in whether or not you will succeed.

My take away: make sure to not just practice your skills, but also try and understand which opportunities are hidden in the unfolding history of your surroundings,site