If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own.... I'm always struck by people who think, "Well, it must be because I was just so smart" -- there are a lot of smart people out there. "It must be because I worked harder than everybody else" -- "let me tell you something, there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
Who even talks like this?! And who are these people he's always struck by? Are they works of fiction like the imaginary girlfriend he had in college?