It’s commonplace for societies to accept vocabulary that seem stat quo; hearing the term “self-made millionaire” or “self-made entrepreneur” for most of my life, then, caused no adverse or dynamic reactions. It wasn’t until I heard it mentioned recently, being on this journey of mines, that it seriously rubbed me the wrong way, especially as I’m on the same path that some may identify as a “self-made success story.”
Whatever you do- please- do NOT call me, or anyone else, “self-made.”
Being “self-made,” at least what it sounds like to me, means that your success and riches and big breaks came from you and only you- no help from anyone else. Sure, you may have devised the genius idea that’s now in demand by the millions, or became a catalyst to an impactful movement around the globe, but didn’t you have a team beside you to make these things possible? On a fundamental level, didn’t people encourage you at the beginning stages, helping you with resources and contacts while you were still building, offering advice when asked? Not even the headstrong Trump relied only on his own strength and diligence to reach the stratospheric heights of wealth and prestige he enjoys today.
Who is that unfortunate person to advance on his journey, make it to his destination, and not be blessed and transformed by incredible souls along the way?
Yes, I am where I am because of my commitment to hone my talent, my determination, and the hours upon hours I’ve Continue reading