The Birth of Venus: Pulling Yourself Out Of The Sea By Your Own Bootstraps -The Toast

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“I never got any handouts. No one pushed me out of the sea and covered me with jewels. I made myself.”



“I don’t see why it’s so hard for people to take responsibility and just admit that you have to work for the things you want in life. That’s what I did.”



“I got myself where I am today. Honestly, it’s not that hard. I think some people are just afraid of a little hard work and standing on their own two feet, on a seashell, on a dolphin, on a nymph-queen that are all holding them up.”



“You want to know what got me where I am today? Me.”



“Hard work and self-reliance.”






“In a meritocracy, the cream rises to the top.”



“I didn’t grow up rich or anything. I ended up on Olympus – which, yes, is where my parents or from, but they didn’t give me a free ride or anything like that – because I wanted it bad enough.”



“It’s easy. Step one, just visualize yourself being lifted out of the sea. Step two, accomplish it.”



“Look, I earned this. I didn’t get any special treatment. Why should you?”



“At least never had to rely on anyone else to get myself on shore. I can hold my head up high.”

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