Every man is the architect of his fortune. (Dictionary of English Proverbs/Thomas Preston)
People are born with certain advantages and some do have more opportunities than others. However, each of us still has the ability to start where we are, decide where we want to be, and develop a plan for achieving our goal. Just because one starts with fewer assets than another does not mean one has zero chance of achieving great and wonderful things. There are things that money cannot buy–perseverance, innate intelligence, natural ability, and the motivation to strive for one’s goals. We can find examples of people who were given incredible advantages, resources, education, and family support who failed simply because of their own ineptitude or lack of effort. Never allow anyone or anything to dictate to you what you are capable of achieving. Sure, you may have to work extraordinarily harder or significantly longer than someone given a head-start. However, so long as you keep trying and never, ever give up, you can succeed.