“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” – Horace, Roman poet
I remember first seeing this in a loading screen for “Rome: Total War”. Nonetheless, it does speak to me, in that a lot of time, success comes from those who are already successful, and thus it is hard to pick out, from that group, who really knew what they were doing and who was just in the right place at the right time; the latter are just lucky.
Sam Harris said that with her household, they talk a lot about luck … that they were lucky to be born in a nation that they were born, to the people they were born to, etc. and that if you ever lose sight of that luck, than you are ignoring the privilege that you have over other people who weren’t so lucky. In a talk I saw relatively recently, a racism advisor? talked about how we often look at end results, who crossed the finish line first, but not the measure of the challenge, how far did they have to run; some people start already halfway down the course, so even if you run almost twice as fast, they’ll win.