People who say you can do everything you want when you want it enough haven’t dealt with real problems.
It is easy to say that you can achieve anything you want when you want it enough, but it is also far from realistic. There are many situations where the circumstances are stacked against whatever it might be that you want. Let us not think in terms of for example financial restrictions, although they do of course make a significant difference.
Let us think in terms of inequality and oppression. Let us think in terms of not being a member of the elite class that is showered with opportunities just for belonging to the right sight of society, and all those who do not get these opportunities just for not belonging to the happy few. Let us think in terms of oppression, where belonging to the other side of society allows the oppressive powers to strip you from every opportunity to have a better life. You can want a better life as much as you can, but you will never be able to break the oppression on your own.
Being privileged is when you don’t need talent and efforts to get opportunities. Oppression is when your talents and efforts don’t matter when you don’t belong to the privileged class. Neither mindset nor motivation will change that!
Dr. ir Johannes Drooghaag – CEO Spearhead Management.