Bo Burnham Inspirational Advice to Take a Breath and Give Up Now: A Rant on Survivorship Bias to Conan
Adam Rifkin stashed this in #success
"The system is rigged against you. Your hard work and talent will not pay off. Don't take advice from people like me who got very lucky."
"We are tall white guys. We overcame nothing and we barely got here. You have no chance."
Top Reddit comment says you have to work your butt off AND get lucky:
What he's talking about is called Survivorship Bias. The short of it is that we tend to not see those who didn't make it (despite potentially being just as skilled and driven), and thus get a false impression of what factored into someone's success.