In the reading of the recent Adam Clayton thread I thought it was interesting that he has obtained a huge level of success and fame and from what I can tell I'm as able of a player as he is (of course this is my opinion, not others). Yet, I'm nobody as far as it comes to playing bass. Now, it's obvious to me that the reason I was never a success was because I never actually tried to become successful in a band and real life got in my way. So, my question is what makes a player successful? Is it being a virtuoso, being in the right place at the right time, playing what the song needs, having people like Bono being the lead singer and being lucky to be in a band with someone like that? I guess I was able to think of myself as an adequate bass player because I was always able to play the parts of the songs and bands I listened to. Players like Simon Gallup of The Cure, Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order, David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets (and almost every other player from that era and style), I can play all of their parts. Players like Geddy Lee, Tony Levin, Pino, and Chris Squire I can hack through their parts and eventually learn them. Why are players who might be considered adequate, some excellent, some outstanding some gods become successful?