Money & Fame can occur not through the great accomplishments one achieves but the “vernacular class” you belong to. A doctor, lawyer, scientist, and professor say/write basically the same thing that a common person might say but in a way that many have to go back to school to understand. The lexicon a person utilizes is what “separates” the masses even if now it’s found on a google search. Yes, accomplishments still count in many a book but if one puts sophisticated words on the page it’s more likely to become a best seller.
FOOTNOTE- This is another reason those in the “upper class” hated Donald Trumps’ rise to power.