"Figure it out for yourself, my lad, you've all that the greatest of men have had." One of my brother's coaches introduced this poem to him, and he passed it onto me. This quickly became my favorite poem by far. It hits home in so many ways for so many different people. Whether you come from nothing or something we all enter this world with the same set of tools. It's how we choose to use those tools to our advantage that matters. Don't ever take yourself out of the race because you believe someone else is better, smarter, faster, etc. You are both on an equal playing field, equally capable of success. You must believe in yourself, and your dream.
"You are the handicap you must face, you are the one who must choose your place, you must say where you want to go, how much you will study the truth to know." I often see people saying what they wish they could be, or if life had gone the way they planned what they would have done. It's up to you. Nothing is impossible, but nothing worth having will ever come easily. It will not fall into your lap without preparation. It will be hard. You may see others whose struggle doesn't seem as hard as yours is, but 1: don't ever judge anyone else's struggle, because you don't know what they go through day-to-day and 2: the harder the struggle the more worth the success. You have to be ready to be very patient, and fight, and struggle, and sacrifice. But if you really want it it's right there waiting for you.
"You were born with all that the great have had,with your equipment they all began, get hold of yourself and say: "I can." No one accomplishes anything great on their own. Being independent is fantastic, a lot of people these days depend too much on other people for everything, but it's important to pay attention to the resources around you. Use everything offered to you and take all the lessons you can learn. It's up to you to decide who you want to be, and what you want to do. It's up to you to take what you have and turn it into something special. Don't dwell on the negatives of the hand you feel you've been dealt, but triumph in what you've been given. Work hard. Fight harder. Be remembered, and most of all: Be You.