I read SQLBatman's post about his first week as an MVP, and it really resonated well with me. I think that he really hit it when he said that he wasn't going to sit around, he was going to go look for information and take things back from the opportunity he had.
That's really what separates many people in their careers. Sure some people are smarter, some learn quicker, or just "get" how things work in their profession. But most of the really successful people take advantage of their opportunities.
They work at things.
They don't get more chances, they look for the ones that are out there and take advantage of them.