How do some people get so far ahead in their careers so quickly?

So I’m a guy in his 30s. I’m technically inclined and I have a good head on my shoulders. Most coworkers assume I’m using my job as a stepping stone to “something greater” because they ask me about it often enough in conversation. However I am not in some great position and I’m not in management or anything. I work in the trades and I feel like I’m just stagnant. There’s nowhere to really go up to right now for me it feels like.

On the other hand there are people I know in their 20s with a basic undergraduate degree (think like Chem, Physics, Social Science, Basket Weaving) that work as project managers for large companies. How have they possibly achieved this? I get my work done same as anyone but I don’t know how to set myself up for these opportunities. I’d love to have a WFH job making $100k a year but I have no idea what steps need to be taken to get there. Any advice?

Also I do want to say I have no intentions of going to Uni at this time. Even if I went for IT/Engineering I would make similar money to what I make now as a fresh grad. So 4 years plus the 1-3 years of experience needed to break the ceiling of what I currently make isn’t what I want to do.

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