Let’s understand this phrase ‘self-made’ a bit more. No one is self-made. You didn’t make yourself; you were born and actually had nothing to do with it.
Self-made is an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp or definite possibility. The two words simply don’t belong together. It’s meant to infer that a person has somehow generated all their success on their own but we know this isn’t true and that it requires many people and many resources for any one person to succeed. Yet, we desire to pay tribute to individuals in such a way that props them up the ladder but neglects those that are holding it steady for them.
What does it all mean? It means that teams and relationships are the core part of everyone’s success. It means that even those with the best ideas and ingenuity need a customer to buy it. You’ve heard that even the Lone Ranger had Tonto and this is exactly the point.
The next time you’re applauded for being so great, pause and remember those that make it possible for you to be there.