This is a question that has been asked for decades! There are several popular answers out there, but they all boil down to the same thing: no one knows! In fact, as far as I can tell from my own research and researching others who have done similar studies, no one really knows why some people do so much better than others. Even those studying the career paths of individuals in different disciplines have not been able to come up with a definitive answer. But it doesn’t matter-it’s irrelevant-because this kind of thinking will hold you back from being great at your job.
I’m going to give you an example of how we use this concept when we teach students about their careers here at UCLA Anderson School of Management. We call our course “the best” because we like using hyperbole (i.e., exaggeration) to describe what level of performance or achievement is considered good enough for us to feel that everyone should aim for these levels; however, if pressed on what specifically makes us say something is “best,” we usually don’t know any more than anyone else does about why certain things are rated highly by other companies or professionals who work in related fields and earn more money than most people would be willing to accept as part their compensation packages; therefore we simply state that these awards represent the highest level under which someone might reasonably expect him/herself and his/her team members at UCLA Anderson School District would perform if called upon by employers seeking talent within California