Steve, a friend of mine, is a self-made man.
While he wasn’t academically inclined in school, he had a talent in art and photography. And though his family didn’t think he would go far with them, Steve persevered, honing his skills and working hard as he chased his dream of becoming an award-winning photographer.
He succeeded eventually, and found himself with everything others would dream about: a successful career, a happy marriage, and enough money to buy anything he wanted. He was also well-respected in his field, and younger photographers sought him out to be a mentor.
In society’s eyes, Steve had “made it”. He did what he loved and got paid handsomely for it. He even won over his parents’ approval and praise.