My lessons from the Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

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All of us have been subjects of stereotyping. We also stereotype people.

Lower class people have no right to dream. If they do, it’s an inspirational story. People belonging to a certain group are super smart , others dumb. Income defines access. Privilege comes to the chosen few.

These are some of the logical arguments that the world seems to accept and increasingly impose on non-conformists. However, unless the non-conformists fight back, there is no hope for society to change for the better.

Like millions of readers, I have read and enjoyed the Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance. My personal take away has been a reinforcement of my prior beliefs. Your life is a sum of YOUR choices; if you blame somebody, it better be you. There isn’t anything that can limit your progress but your own mind.

One of my favorite quotes of all times is this:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

-George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903)

“Maxims for Revolutionists”

My wish for all of you is to look for a life beyond stereotypes, take the road less taken, break societal moulds , give others three chances and be unreasonable if only for a brief period.

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Writer @ The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR. Twitter@akothari_mba

Writer @ The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR. Twitter@akothari_mba