So you want to cash out your start-up (or small business) or make it big. You need skills and hard work, but there is an even larger determining factor: Drive.
People can be goal oriented, but that doesn't make them driven. Drive is the difference between Good and Great. It isn't about hard work or who works harder. It is about the prioritization of time and effort. It's about sacrifice and single-mindedness, maybe even putting blinders on and running straight ahead towards your goal.
People often think it's luck. It isn't luck: it is timing, effort, drive, focus, execution, sacrifice. Not everyone sees that. Not everyone wants to give that much.
In this article, Richard Branson makes fine points in "How to Make The Most of Your Network". Best point, "You can't manage via email."