Welcome to life. Who said it was fair?
Hard work is overrated, otherwise manual laborers like construction workers or carpenters, etc would be the richest people in the world. People in Korea and Japan work much harder (by the number of hours) than people in US, but they are not as rich as people in US.
But, it does not bother me too much because I have accepted this fact and chosen a profession that I like to do. My Ph.D. adviser once told me that it is very hard for me to get a good faculty position in US because he is not that famous. I accepted it and moved on with my life.