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The Dirty Secret About Success

A Chinese worker cleans the windows of a shopping mall housing luxury brands in Shanghai on July 8, 2010. China is expected to grow by a stronger-than-expected 10.5 percent in 2010 as it spearheads Asian expansion, the International Monetary Fund said in a update to its world economic outlook. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The following is an excerpt from Tiffanie Wen | March 10, 2018 | BBC.com |

We’re often reluctant to credit our good fortune purely to luck. We’d much rather put a material gain or positive outcome down to our brilliant intelligence, smarts, skills or hard work.

But if success is directly correlated to our ability, why do there seem to be so many rich people with mediocre talent? And why aren’t the smartest people in the world also the wealthiest?

A new paper authored by a team of Italian researchers, physicists Alessandro Pluchino and Andrea Raspisarda and economist Alessio Biondo, used a computer simulation of success defined by financial wealth to show that the most successful people in the world aren’t necessarily the most talented. They are the luckiest.

Good things happen to mediocre people

The researchers created an imaginary world, filled with 1,000 individuals with varying levels of talent in random positions who were exposed to random lucky and unlucky events.

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