What is in common between Harvard and having a rich parents? Both can elevate your ambitions dramatically! We tend to think that rich parents or absurdly expensive private school gives people some sort of inequitable and uncancellable privileges. While it is true to a some extent, it is not at all what makes a difference at the end.
What really matters is one’s ambitions. It’s hard to achieve a great goal if you don’t set one. Rich parents and prestige schools are well tailored to do just that: show one’s limits, or the lack of thereof. Thus, always thinking of the greater, or ambition, is necessary, yet not sufficient condition for success. In other words, if you aim high there is no guarantee you will score high, but if you don’t, there is a guarantee that you won’t.
I don’t believe in privilege. Yet there is an irrevocable evidence that privileged people outperform the others. To counter, there are many that hit success starting at zero. While it’s harder, it’s not at all impossible, if you don’t forget to set the ambitions right.