However, in the final analysis, all of us are self-made people. Of course, some of us get off to an easier start, and some of us are fortunate enough to have had parents or others who helped us recognise and use our talents.
But success is not a matter of luck, or talent, or of being gifted. More than anything else, success is a matter of belief and persistence.
If you don't believe you can succeed, no amount of talent or money or good parenting will help you. And if you do believe it and refuse to give up no matter how hard the struggle, no obstacle, no setback, no disadvantage will stop you.
George Bernard Shaw said it perfectly: "People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. But the people who get on in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them."