Jon, some great thoughts here. I think there’s something to be said about persevering and going after your dreams, but acknowledging that you did not, and cannot, make yourself all on your own is very important, which you are doing here.
Similarly for me, whether it’s my parents who took out a loan to send me to design school in the U.S., or the generous designers, creatives, developers and thinkers who’ve put out their wisdom for me to read, or open-sourced their code for me to learn from, I know I wouldn’t be the successful person I consider myself to be without them.
I do want to point out that the title of your article is what drew me to read it because I was put off by the use of “man”, vs. person, which is more inclusive. It contradicts the sentiments of your article. I’m sure it wasn’t your intention and I hope you’ll appreciate me pointing it out.