“Self made” has different meanings to different people:
- Jeff Bezos’ parents ploughed $245k into his e-commerce startup
- Donald Trump received “a small loan” of $1m from his father
- Bill Gates’ parents funded his founding company
- Kylie Jenner had an already famous family
People would have you believe success is down entirely to hard work, passion & attitude… but that’s a small part.
The bigger part?
- Access to capital
- Influential relationships
- Rare opportunities
- Having a financial fall-back
- A supportive network
- Getting lucky
Motivational speakers will tell preach ANYONE can be successful. You can also roll a 6 on a dice 2 million times in a row. It’s possible… but not probable.
Life is a lottery.
Your gender, race, parents, country of birth, era you’re born in, industry you pick… all play a role.
One way to win the lottery, is to buy more tickets. Still, you need a bit of luck.
These tickets come in the form of developing a set of skills, cultivating relationships, growing a network of influence, staying resilient, securing financial capital, being innovative & creative
If you win the success lottery through hustling & grinding, pay it forward! It’s tragic to die without sharing your experiences & insights. If you can help someone avoid the mistakes you made & help them progress quicker, do it!
There’s always enough space at the top.