Mr. Bezos happily admits what is so hard for us to accept…that we are not responsible by ourselves for an out-sized success. And that is why big fat success is so rare. You’ll have to bust it for sure, as Gary V says in Crush It. Every big successful person has. But if success doesn’t come as big as you had dreamed, as soon as you dreamed, may this soothe you:
“We vastly underestimate the extent to which success happens because of things the individual has nothing to do with.” See here.