I recently finished reading Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, and I found it to be one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long time. It is all about what it takes to be a success.
And if you think you know what that is, you would probably be wrong. For example, to be a successful hockey player, you need to be born in the right month. Want to be a successful rock musician? Practice 10,000 hours. Want to be a billionaire software geek? Practice 10,000 hours.
If you were born between 1952 and 1958, you have an outstanding chance of becoming very wealthy. Want to avoid plane crashes? Make sure that your pilot is not from one of the five countries that Gladwell lists. He goes into great detail, written in an interesting way, why all these correlations (and a lot of other correlations) are true. He even discusses what many consider to be the politically incorrect topic of why Asians do well in math.
If you are looking to find out about the fascinating causes or triggers of success, pick up a copy of Outliers: The Story of Success.