Not necessarily, but it is a part of it. You can work hard as hell at a bad idea and it will get you nowhere. Tactics and management are just as key. The what is just as important to the value as the how. Hard work isn't the only factor in being compensated and there are lots of valid reasons why.
Admittedly I fail at all of. or most of, the ingredients of success.
Are you easily bored and annoyed by other people? I think that's where it stems form with me. Too often when hearing what an average person is placing value or importance on I just want to say "Shut, up. I don't care. it doesn't matter." While imagining their head exploding.
Same, I feel like I'm BSing someone. Not lying, but wasting their time with vacuous words. Proof is in the pudding mentality. I don't believe others when they self-promote before proving themselves so I assume others are the same way. Truth be told, self promoting and corporate talk is what I was kinda imagining when I made the comment before. No patience for it, and feel like a douche when I engage in it myself.