I heard today about a man’s diligence, and the speed at which he rose to a comfortable living. He began working at the age of 14. After completing his degree in advertising – for which he earned a top-class distinction – he was offered a job by one of the most reputable firms in the industry, BBDO. But this was during the 2008 financial crisis, and all they offered to pay him was a pitiable $1,200 – hardly enough to cover the medical expenses of his ailing father. He took it anyway, for there were no other opportunities in sight. There, he worked 7 days a week and so impressed his bosses that he was quickly raised to the position of a director. His salary however, did not receive quite as significant a boost as one might expect. So he left. Afterwards, he found himself in this current firm. Again, he worked exceedingly hard, and the first paycheck that came in approximated $6,000. The next stood at nearly $10,000. Cannot one but feel absurdly inferior when talking to such a person? It is as if I have already failed this game of life.