I am 46 years old. For 30 years, I have done one of 3 things: worked 2 jobs, gone to night school, or risked whatever money I had to start a business. During that time I have met lots of folks. They all wanted to get ahead, just like I did. Some of them did something about it and some did not.
Once, for 3 years, I worked 40 hours a week at one job, 2 nights a week at another, and went to school on Friday nights and all day Saturday. I worked with a whole lot of guys who said I was crazy for doing so. A lot of them would go out and get drunk while I was at school. As far as I know, they all still work at the same place.
I missed a lot of my kids early years because I worked at a second job. You know, nights and weekends. You name a type of business and I have worked in it.
More than once my wife and I have put all of our eggs into one basket. I mean everything. We have lost it all on more than one occassion. To recover meant working 2 jobs again.
I could have just went out and landed some govt type job. 8-5 during the week, with weekends off. Go out and borrow money to buy a cheap used car. Live in a small tract home with cheap furnishings. Be home every night and play every weekend. Watch lots of TV and party Saturday night. Look forward to a small retirement check. Get jealous everytime I see a guy driving a Porsche. Wonder how anyone could afford such a big house. Get mad everytime a bill comes in the mail. Hate anyone who is "rich".
The answer to being a success is written above. Hard work. Harder work. If anyone is out working you, work harder. Take chances beyond a savings account and a safe job. Spend every extra moment learning, achieving, or working.
Work beyond the ordinary will eventually bring success beyond the ordinary.
Why should all of us who have worked, scrimped, and busted our ass for a long time, have to pay for those who have not? I do not know the answer, but I do not want to find out either.