Most Rich Tech People Had Wealthy Parents

This is another Chris Hawkes video.

The gist of it is to go through all these rich tech people and show how they all had already rich or successful parents. Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Steve Jobs and on and on.


I never get the point this kind of stuff.

He makes some awkward point at the end of it about… (I’m paraphrasing here): “This doesn’t mean you can’t be super successful, but most of these people we look up to had a lot of help.”


So, what?

What’s somebody supposed to do with that? Say [email protected]# it? “Oh well, my parents were super wealthy, so I guess I’m screwed.” I just don’t get it. And, it’s not just him. You see this [email protected]# a lot these days.

People sitting around complaining about what others have.

Or, how they grew up.

At one point, he even said he was kinda happy to see GoPro tank…

Because, their founder had wealthy parents.


I don’t know.

For me, I’ll never go down that road. I’ll never accept that because I didn’t have wealthy parents, I’m resigned to live a mediocre life. To me, that’s a kind of giving up… and that [email protected]# ain’t happenin’.

That and it’s not really true.

There was this Cornell study that talks about this.

It studied the different income brackets in the U.S…

And, how people move in and out of them.

Here’s what it found:

“It turns out that 12 percent of the population will find themselves in the top 1 percent of the income distribution for at least one year. What’s more, 39 percent of Americans will spend a year in the top 5 percent of the income distribution, 56 percent will find themselves in the top 10 percent, and a whopping 73 percent will spend a year in the top 20 percent of the income distribution.”

And, people constantly move in and out of these distributions.

The reality is there’s a ton of income mobility.

It’s up to you to make it happen.

Of course, these days, that advice will fall mostly on deaf ears. People like to sit around and cry about their situation rather than DO something about it. It’s a rare, select group that actually ever does anything about it.

Even more rare, are those willing to grind day in and day out for it.

Ah well…

Anyway, if you’re the grinding type, I’ve got a whole curriculum of courses waiting to help you in the developer game. HTML, PHP, OOP, Freelancing… all the things you need to make a damn good living as a developer.

But, you gotta grind through learning it.

So, not for the do-nothing types.

Anyway, link to get with it for nothing is here:

Let’s get to work!



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