Last night in the UK the BBC aired a Programme entitled “Who gets the Best Jobs”. The pre – programme hype focused on the view that the plum jobs were the sole domain of a privileged few, dependent on who you parents are, where you went to school, who you know. Nonsense.
Throughout History there have always been those born in to privilege. I am not suggesting that is right or wrong, it just is. Throughout history there are countless examples of those that have made ruin of just about every silver spooned opportunity that was handed to them on a silver platter. Throughout history, there are countless examples of those who have risen from a life of abject misery to achieve great things. The premise of this program was a nonsense, a non – story. The only news for me was evidence that the politics of envy are alive and kicking.
I am not suggesting for one minute that who you know and importantly who knows you does not greatly enhance your chances. If you get a great start in life, sure you are ahead of many of your peers. However, where you want to school, who your parents are, is no barrier to opportunity, unless you believe it is.
Sure peer group is an important influence. Sure access to opportunity is a challenge. But you are not excluded, unless you believe you should be.
Intellect, drive, motivation, ambition, is not dictated by your surname or your ancestry. It may well be dictated by your circumstances, your drive may stem from events that you have had to deal with.
We are not all born the same. Some of us are more academic, some of us more practical, we are all unique, we all have different talents, circumstances, different paths, different challenges. What matters is how you deal with them and what you do with them, how you choose to apply yourself, how you choose to live your life.
If you believe that because of your background and upbringing that opportunity in your life is restricted, then you can bet it will be. Opportunity in life is not dictated by your postcode, we all have choices. Your path in life is dictated by what you do with those choices.
Don’t adopt the victim mentality this program perpetrated. Regardless of your circumstances, your life is what you make it. Some may have to go through more, have more challenges to face, may have a longer ladder to climb to reach the top. It doesn’t mean that you can’t get there. We do not all start from the same place, but we all have the opportunity to get to the same place, if only we apply ourselves in the right way.
Life is what you make it. What is a “top job” anyway? A great job is one that leaves you fulfilled, growing, happy. We all have that opportunity. In the end only you can make that happen.