On a serious note. My limited success comes from very hard work with as many ups as downs. The strength to keep going comes from God. I ask him for strength and he provides. The rest is up to me.
The problem here, as I've said elsewhere, is that we haven't lived in a society that rewards hard work for years and years. We penalize the traditional paths to success and mock those who follow it, while idolizing and heaping riches upon "mavericks" who consume any available resource in order to make a bigger, faster, and more flamboyant "bang". When they inevitably, invariably fail, we pick them up and dust them off and get them a handjob and a yacht and send them on their way with a briefcase full of $1,000 bills.
I for one believe you cannot separate a capitalist society from its meritocratic roots. This nation wasn't founded on the principle that a select group of people get to succeed while everyone else is repressed - that's exactly the type of environment we left in England.
There have to be penalties - not legal, but 'law of the jungle' type penalties - for failure. The more catastrophic the failure, the bigger the penalty should be. The concept of risk/reward is gone. It's all reward, risk-free. The cure for risk isn't to get the taxpayer to shoulder it, but to study the market carefully and understand it better.
Instead, we have an elitist-socialist model of sorts where if you can just get big enough to make a justifiable case to the average dipshit that if you fail, everyone goes with you, and you can pretty much make whatever gamble you want.
Seems like the easiest way to do this is to promise people immense returns on immense investments that are risk-free, insured, and AAA-rated. When it all falls apart, fuck it, you're rich, so who cares. Nobody seems to give a shit about the sustainability of a company or a business model anymore. They're ripping through immense, respected corporate brands that took hundreds of years to build up, using them like condoms with which they can fuck us in new ways, disease-free.
Hard work and success used to be admirable in this nation. Now it's ridiculed. It didn't happen in the past 4 months, by the way. It happened over the past 8 years. Yep, you're a chump, living in a corporate socialist state, an indentured servant to the upper class, and if you must know, its your Republican party that is pointing at you, laughing. All the way to their yachts.