Does my question sound inane, or is there something to it?
"In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers he points out that luck plays a big part in success, for example, having the luck of being born in the right place, or at the right time, or into the right family." (as stated by Richard St. John's in his Blog, Mar 10, 2009 - http://www.richardstjohn.com/blog/110/2009/03/10/)
When asked if luck played a role in his success, Bill Gates, in an interview with Chris Anderson of TED (ideas worth spreading), he said:
“Luck played an immense role. Some of it came after I entered the business
world, but my lucky streak started much earlier than that.
I was fortunate to have family and teachers who encouraged me. Children
often thrive when they get that kind of attention.
I was incredibly lucky to become boyhood friends with Paul Allen, whose
insights proved crucial to the success of the company we founded together.
Without Paul, there would have been no Microsoft.
Our timing in setting up the first software company aimed at personal
computers was essential to our success. The timing wasn't entirely luck,
but without great luck it couldn't have happened.”
(as stated in TED Blog, Feb 6, 2009 - http://blog.ted.com/2009/02/06/bill_gates_qa_w/)