Success isn't just a result of hard work — it's also a result of seemingly random factors.
Some, like birth order, are out of your control. Firstborns are likely to earn more than later-born kids as adults.
Other factors are within your control. For example, bosses look more favorably on employees who show up to work early.
Sure, we all know that an Ivy League education, a stint at a blue-chip firm, and stellar sales skills can help us get ahead. But it may surprise you just how many other,...