Labels are a very limiting kind of thing, even if you happen to choose those labels yourself. And I think the problem is that labels represent a bunch of nouns, and work feels very much like a verb.
Chance is not anything that happens to you. It's something you give to yourself. But you have got to ask for it. You've got to listen for it. And you shouldn't cut yourself off from it by over-analyzing and over-optimizing your life.
Being given a chance is different than taking that chance for yourself.
You have an opportunity to influence your own destiny. And free will is shaped by everything you do and have seen and all the people you've interacted with.
Make things a little bit uncomfortable for yourself sometimes so that you have to pay more attention.
Chance becomes this cumulative thing and not, you know, a lightning bolt from the sky.
I think the myth of the lone genius has been pretty well debunked at this point. And while there are rare geniuses who are brilliant all on their own, the game isn't really over for the rest of us.
When you're feeling stuck, don't look for the end goal. Just keep exploring. And explore with people, if you can.
Chance happens when you say what you want.
Chance is fuzzy. It doesn't really work with optimization; it depends on interpretation.