How does it feel slaving away at your 9-5 job after spending the last 4+ years acquiring an education and a mountain of student loans just to make ends meet? Pretty freaking terrible when you see headlines like “Kylie Jenner set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire” *eye roll*
When we reflect back on other self-made billionaires, we see the hard work, dedication, and grit it took to get there. We see how Sara Blakely sold printers door to door before inventing Spanx. How Mark Zuckerberg was a Harvard drop out but soon created Facebook. We see the struggles and obstacles these people had to overcome to become the inspiring entrepreneurs they are today. And then there’s Kylie Jenner. Sure she invested $250,000 of her own money… which happened to be easily earned with the help of Kris Jenner who capitalized off of a sex scandal to bring the Kardashian name to fame. It’s natural to feel bitter when we see the success Kylie Cosmetics has amounted to when we know posting selfies on Instagram to millions of followers isn’t necessarily considered to be “hard work”.
But in life aren’t we told to take advantage of our opportunities? I’m sure everyone hears that growing up, to take advantage of every single opportunity you have. The opportunity to have an education, leveraging your parents jobs to get ins for our own career, getting through college with some financial help, these are all great opportunities that we take when given the chance. So why do we feel so bitter towards the Kardashian empire. Towards Kylie’s easy path to success. Wouldn’t we do the same? (minus the sex tape of course). Life is full of envy, jealousy, and bitterness. We want what we can’t have and what opportunities we aren’t given. Don’t let the lack of opportunity stop you from achieving greatness. Life is not fair, and it was not intended to be that way. Some have easier paths than others, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all get there. Always shoot for the stars, follow your dreams, and put jealousy aside. Make the most of the life you have and the opportunities you are given, because what everyone else is doing simply just doesn’t matter.