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What utter garbage. You didn't have luck at all. People born to hard working parents who enable them to have better opportunities are not lucky. They are the product of hard work.

My Grandfather worked hard. He put himself through college to become a public school teacher. Through the Depression, he worked for scrip issued by the city because there was no money to be paid. He did whatever other work he could find at night and on weekends. During WWII, he worked nights in a factory making crystals for military radios. He did all this while continuing as a teacher. He continued his own education at night.

He retired after 25 years of teaching. My Grandfather knew the value of saving money, so he started a Credit Union for teachers to help others understand it's value as well. He worked at that for 30 years, many of them with little or no pay. My Grandmother worked for years as a Credit Union volunteer for no pay, often paying out-of-pocket to attend conferences and training.

They worked hard so that their children, and their children's children, wouldn't have to. That was the point. There was no luck involved. Any opportunities those future generations may have received were the direct result of hard work. To imply otherwise, or give credit to luck, demeans the work done by our elders for the sole purpose of providing such opportunity.

Sure, some people may suffer because of bad parenting. But those whose parents have merely done it right are not any more "lucky" because someone worked hard somewhere along the line. The biggest failure of a parent would be in not giving themselves credit for the hard work that they did, not instilling the value of that hard work and sacrifice to the beneficiaries of that time and effort, and in not telling their children what my grandparents told me - "We worked hard in the hope that you wouldn't have to."

Hard work is essential to success, it's just not necessary that one actually does the hard work themselves.

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