Who is a ‘self-made’ man?

Every proud parent says this about their son (very rarely – daughters!). And it gets my head reeling. Who is a self-made man?

You spend your life slogging hard so that your child goes to a good school, gets into a famous coaching class, and then gets into college of his/her/your choice. The child’s entire life is supported by his parents. And I am not talking about only moral support here. The tuition fees, books, clothes, hobby classes, coaching classes,trips, tours,  recommendations, referrals – everything planned out and taken care of. Of course, it is the child who actually studies and crosses all the milestones – but assisted by his/her parents.

How is he/she a self-made person?

8 thoughts on “Who is a ‘self-made’ man?

  1. I think it usually refers to someone who
    a. came from a bad household, but still managed to be decent and compassionate
    b. who didn’t have any family support (moral/financial), but still managed to be a law abiding citizen and build a stead source of income for his family(could be parents/wife and kids)

    I think anyone who belongs to involved/supportive parents cannot qualify as a fully-self-made person. I suspect people use the phrase incorrectly…just like how people use “pass out” instead of graduate.

  2. Joyee says:

    Good point raised.

    “The tuition fees, books, clothes, hobby classes, coaching classes,trips, tours, recommendations, referrals – everything planned out and taken care of”

    When in the absence of all of the above a man/woman makes it successful in life, when someone struggles, fights, sacrifices every step of the way to get what is normally easily available to others and taken for granted. When one goes ahead just by trying, never giving up in the face of adversity…I regard him/her as a self made person.

    • My point too.
      Instead anyone who is successful claims to be self made – thus nullifying efforts of his/her entire support group that had been there!

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