Or, as an acquaintance said, “Its all about bitches and money.”
See, the reason I've always had money in my pocket and food on the table is because I understand the concepts of profits and resources.
I have lots of reasons I've had money in my pocket and food on the table
1) Parents who valued education, and instilled said values
2) Parents with money (funded part of my education and fed, clothed, and kept (keep!) me in books
3) College loans from the state
4) A relatively stable government
5) Living in a wealthy superpower that isn't afraid to exploit workers from other countries
6) Random chance
7) Networking contacts, friends.
8) Living within my means
9) Good health
10) Good Luck, and opportunity
11) I started saving money early, which builds up capital momentum.
I realize it spoils my liberatarian cred not to be all “I pulled myself up by my boostraps” kind of person, but really. Its great to see people who are satisfied with their accomplishments, but the ones who are self-satisfied and piss on all the people who have not made it through no fault of their own is tacky – not saying you are, but I'm sure you know the type.
And a basic understanding of value is extremely important. But, we live in an economy which is very healthy for the most part and with the right skills one can do reasonably well. I also think the skills that get well paid are not necessarily the skills that really benefit society the most. Its the disposable part of income.
If the US economy went to complete and utter shit, the smartest stockbroker isn't going to be making a dime, and if there's a debilitating illness, even savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars aren't going to save you. I'd bet that with all my so-called brains, gumption, and bootstrap pulling, I might be fighting in the wreckage for that rotten bit of bread stick like the rest of the proles.
But there will always be rich people, and there will always be a portion of them that think they got there by some sort of God-given right, rather than by happenstance and the inertia of captial.