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There was some luck involved.

Some people make better use of "luck" than others. Perhaps they make their own luck.

I prefer the view that he took the opportunity to exploit a situation to his best advantage.

some luck..
opportunity is (mostly?) luck;
seeing it is smarts;
exploiting it (usually?) hard work *

Too many spot the opportunities and fail to react. Others are not even aware of the opportunities.


* in my own case, I figure 85/10/5%
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