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You Don’t Need Privilege To Succeed

You don't need privilege to succeed

You Don’t Need Privilege To Succeed

You don't need privilege to succeed

You don’t need privilege to succeed.

“Privilege” is the latest buzz word that gives people the notion they can’t succeed.

People promote the idea that the deck is stacked against you and there is no hope because the privileged will take it all away from you.

Wikipedia says this, “Privilege is a special right or advantage available only to a particular person or group of people. The term is commonly used in the context of social inequality, particularly in regard to age, disability, ethnic or racial category, gender, sexual orientation, religion and/or social class.[1] Two common examples would be having access to a higher education and housing.[1] Privilege can also be emotional or psychological, regarding comfort and personal self-confidence, or having a sense of belonging or worth in society.[2] It began as an academic concept, but has since become popular outside of academia.[3]

The word is now being tossed around like lettuce in a salad.

I reject the notion utterly that the only people who will succeed are those who have privilege.

You don’t need privilege to succeed.


There are millions of examples of people who have succeeded in spite of not having “privilege”.

Let’s talk about Jesse Owens. He was the son of a southern sharecropper and his grandfather had been a slave.

Born in Alabama in 1913, he was named James Cleveland Owens. He got the name “Jesse” from a teach who misunderstood when he told her is name was J.C. Owens. It stuck.[mlsp-cta campaign=”rareprofitsystem” layout=”standard” align=”left”]

By the time he was in Jr. High School, Jesse was showing a great deal of athletic talent breaking previous records for high jump, broad jump and running.

He went to Ohio State University on an athletic scholarship and supported himself and his wife working part-time jobs.

In 1935, he qualified for the Olympics and was on his way to Berlin, Germany.

This was Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Hitler hoped to show the world that his gospel of Aryan superiority was true. He fully expected that Aryan athletes would dominate the games.

But Jesse showed that the notion of racial superiority was a myth by winning 4 Olympic Gold medals in a single Olympiad. His achievement held until 1984 when James Lewis equaled Owens’.


The idea that some people were “privileged” didn’t stop Owens from becoming a legend.

After the Olympics, Owens became an inspirational speaker and worked to inspire young people. He also gave freely of his meager earnings to help others.

He received numerous awards and honors including a Medal Of Freedom award from President Gerald Ford and a Living Legend Award from President Jimmy Carter.

I believe we make our own privilege.

When Jesse came back from the Olympics, he came back to an America that still practiced segregation and he still had to sit in the back of the bus.

It didn’t stop him from succeeding as a human being.

He was snubbed by both Hitler and President Franklin Roosevelt on his achievement probably because of his skin color.ow2

But he inspired a generation of young people who mattered to him.



Here are some inspiring quotes from Jesse Owens.

2 3 4  People come out to see you perform and you've got to give them the best you have within you. quote-i-always-loved-running-it-was-something-you-could-do-by-yourself-and-under-your-own-power-you-jesse-owens-300111 We all have dreams

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  • Anita Hales

    April 18, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    What a story! It all comes down to a mind set and how bad you want to succeed! So many people have cam from nothing to making 6 and 7 figures because of their desire and their WHY!

      Anita Hales

      April 19, 2016 at 7:19 am

      It’s a great story. He was never a millionaire but he had great influence and used it to make other people better. True inspiration.

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