growing up poor meant that there weren’t successful aunts and uncles who could show me the ways of the world or even give me a little nudge in the right direction.
Privilege and inequality in Silicon Valley
Ricky Yean

True story: about 25 years ago, a young guy (but still older than me) shared with me a rather unemotional, matter-of-fact, roll-off-the-tongue statement: making $10,000 per month. For the part of the country where I’m from and considering our age, that was an eye-opening moment for me. That our upbringing and opportunities it affords can fundamentally change the playing field: what we shoot for; where we run; who we run with; and what opportunities result because of it.

The biggest lesson I can say looking back at my life is that no matter our material upbringing, the gift of other people taking an interest in you, sharing their thoughts, and then actively doing even the smallest of things to help you grow is what builds our emotional and creative muscle.

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