I don't know, partly luck I guess, being consistent and working my way up in organizations, using solid work ethics, spotting opportunities for advancement doing well in interviews, as well as probably the most important aspect: building and maintaining solid relationships. It's all about relationships and networking.
It also helped that one of my positions was a recruiter that interviewed and hired for a home-care company at one point, so I learned first hand how to ace interviews.
And yes I see your point as well, and that's a lot of how I feel in wanting to step out of the corporate ladder and focus on what I love. I've done that actually, but I realized that not being a billionaire, one still needs to work
, so I figured with a business degree not only is there a personal sense of completion, it actually helps me in building a career in what I love to do, instead of what I've always felt I had to do. Having a degree opens doors at any age.
I'm just grumbling because the courses are silly, but there is no doubt about the value of the piece of paper.