I certainly understand where you are coming from. Although I would disagree with the belief that everyone is capable of doing what they set their minds to. As much as I would love to play professional basketball, no amount of mind-setting on my part is going to get me to the NBA. Not much need for a 5` 11" moderate amateur basketball player in the pros. I just accept it and try to figure out what I do have a gift for an pursue that.
Hey Mark.... :-)
I love stories like the one in your link. You`re right that it takes a combination of willpower, imagination, determination, magic, and luck. But the fact that it happens is a pointer to the possiblity it could and can happen to each of us.
Regarding my egalitarian attitude, I didn`t bother with context. What I meant to say is that I have an inclusive view of life and people. Yes, plenty of people would love to be a basketball player, but are stuck in a wheelchair, or are too short, or live in a country that never heard of basketball.
But when someone sets their mind to doing something, we`ll ordinarily assume part of that task is to objectively analyze their capabilities and obstacles. We`ll also assume that they`re thinking rationally. Of course there are lots of people who have fanciful, whimsical dreams of the impossible.
The alternative is to begin with a view of people that some large number of those people will never amount to anything. They`re, what, genetically incapable of functioning or going after their dreams? Nah...definitely a more pessimistic view of life.
There`s a difference between being an optimist and being delusional. Unfortunately, in today`s world, with the collapse of educated inquiry, many people can`t see that difference.
So let`s assume that we`re dealing with a person who`d like to be an entrepreneur, but isn`t delusional. :-) They have a reasoning mind, maybe some experience in analysis, and they`re out in the world keeping a roof over their head.