+1. In other words :
The market's Supply-Demand laws.
It took me 17 years straight of quasi non stop work**, in a row, to acquire my current compensation level. And I STILL don't take it for granted.
The market DECIDES.
Did I have rich parents ? No (lower middle class)
Did I graduate from college ? Not even.
Did I read TONS of books as a self-taught ? A hell of a yes. (since my mid-teenage, roughly)
Did I spend HUNDREDS of nights coding TO EARN MY SKILLS without anyone asking, instead of watching TV or sleeping ? A hell of a yes.
Did I compete with candidates or my peers at future or current employers ? A hell of a yes. STILL DO.
Do I have research and business ideas of my own for the future when I'm freed from employers ? SURE DO.
Hard work. Question. Dare. Try and fail. Try and succeed. Prove yourself. Then ... LOOP AND REPEAT.
This worked on this end. And I'm not even in rocket science.
Now I sustain 7 people who reward me back by being a great family when I get back from work.
Even under ObaMARX : I'm living my American dream.
And I'm REALLY no genius.
** longest time unemployed so far, since 1995 : 2 and half months. After quitting my 8th employer and before joining the 9th. Never got any unemployment check on either CONTINENTS (Europe, America).
"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.
"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius