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A Self-Made Man Looks At How He Made It

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Is there such a thing as a "self-made" success? Science fiction writer -- and my college alum! -- breaks it down for us. He worked incredibly hard and made the most of a lot of lucky breaks... but without health, education, and information (via newspapers and then the Internet) there would have been little to build on.

Obama's You Didn't Build It remark got him into a lot of trouble, but what he was saying and what you're saying are fundamentally correct:

No person is an island. No business is an island. We all depend on others.

And yet, You didn't build that is the meme of the week.


Look how much fun Tumblr's you didn't build that tag is having.