This comment is taken from a submission on Hacker News about how entrepreneurs aren’t a special breed, and it perfectly describes how I feel about entrepreneurship. Here’s the original comment if you wish to go read it for yourself. There are also other points people make that (I think) are quite insightful.
Entrepreneurship is like one of those carnival games where you throw darts or something.
Middle class kids can afford one throw. Most miss. A few hit the target and get a small prize. A very few hit the center bullseye and get a bigger prize. Rags to riches! The American Dream lives on.
Rich kids can afford many throws. If they want to, they can try over and over and over again until they hit something and feel good about themselves. Some keep going until they hit the center bullseye, then they give speeches or write blog posts about “meritocracy” and the salutary effects of hard work.
Poor kids aren’t visiting the carnival. They’re the ones working it.