It is definitely what you know. People who do not know anything skip to the default of relying on who they know or whose *** they are kissing in order to obtain success in their careers. <br />
There are other measures of success though besides career or financial.
Who you know is more important.<br />
Just look at George W. Bush. How else could a trained chimp become president? He knew the right people, cause his daddy knew them. And he clearly didn't know anything about his job.
Most whats that we know of are not that large or heavy.. a pen, a glass, dice, poker chip, etc. where most whos we know are fat ***** that weigh a ton.<br />
if success is had by bearing weight, then it must be who, unless you think in terms of trains or whales or skyscrapers
I don't see anything wrong with getting advancement due to your "connections" IF you can truly handle the job you're being given. It may not be fair to your coworkers but life isn't fair. Folks who earn their way on the strength of their good work tend to be more competent, confident and satisfied with their lot but that's not a hard and fast rule and neither is the assumption that the boss's son is a jerk. Sometimes the boss's son is smarter than his old man. The Peter Principal is no respecter of connections and, in my experience, no matter how they got there, bad management tends to be self eliminating.
This is cultural. In some countries, it doesn't matter how clever you are or what you have to say, unless you are important or have the right relationship, you won't get anywhere. This is particularly true of countries like, papua new guinea or Laos.<br />
It is less true in most western countries... however, knowing the right people is still very powerful.
Take two people who have equal amount of knowledge and experience. Both work for the same company. Both want to leave the company to start their own business. Who succeeds? <br />
Answer: The one with the right contacts.<br />
Who you know; gets your foot in the door, and then you make your way from there
What you know bears more weight the who may not always be there...