How much of success in organ playing is determined by being born in the right place at the right time? And how much it depends on grit (perseverance and hard work)?
I believe (and your experience might be different) that in earlier times being born in the right circumstances (musician's family, great professional education, the right teacher, famous college, win the right competitions, get picked for a great organist position in some important cathedral etc.) was a straight road to success.
But now in the age of connection, when you can find an organ mentor with a few clicks of a mouse, all it takes is an Internet connection.
If you're lucky enough to be able to read this, you have the same set of tools that everybody else have.
When everybody has the tools available, the question is what do we do with them? Who is the winner in this day and age?
The answer may not be the one many people want to hear:
The success in organist profession today depends on the choice of sharing your generous, persistent, and connected work.
Again and again.