I feel that I have a lot of control over my own fate, because of how I grew up. The way I grew up was all over the map, so I feel it has made me more independent and self sufficient.
— Do you feel your fate is already predetermined by your lineage — your parents and ancestors? Or do you feel you are in the driver’s seat in determining your own success?
I am in control of my success and life. I've grown up always learning how to be more independent and take care of myself.
— Do you think you will be better or worse off than your parents? In what ways? Why?
I feel more similar to my mother than my father. My mother is a very strong and independent person and I really admire that in her. No matter how hard things get she always makes things work out. I feel like I will end up being like her, because we are already very similar.
I've learned more hands on practical life skills from my father. I feel like he has a very weak character and has a hard time doing what is good for himself. I am not, and will not end up like my father.
— The author makes the argument that “the compulsion to strive, the talent to prosper and the ability to overcome failure are strongly inherited.” Do you think you inherited these qualities? Or do you think you had to develop them on your own?
I feel like it's been 50/50. I have had to make things work for myself out of necessity. My mother has been a strong influence on my strength and determination to always make life better.