While reading another thread, I noticed a reply that summarized that the hustle or side jobs is a natural reaction to poverty, a means of survival. Which got me thinking, does growing up poor endow you with a drive to succeed? (This is from 1987-2000) I grew up in a cabin, no central air, no t.v., no electricity in my room; a room which I shared with my brother and we slept on an old mattress on the floor. This mattress was found on the side of road as many things we owned were, my dad was a hoarder or more specifically a junk repurpose expert. Anyway their were holes in the floor and walls, a stained old bathtub, broke down cars in the yard. My dad always worked, but never made very much, and had back taxes and child support that held us down for 20 yrs. So anyway, at that point in my life I didn't feel that impacted by this lifestyle. But later in life I felt a kind of sympathy for myself. This happened when we finally moved to a trailer house in a larger town when I was 15. When I saw all the things all these other kids had, expensive clothes, watches, lunch money, nice hair cuts, ect.. I realizes that we were poor before this. My dad finally got a higher paying job, traveling plant work and my mom graduated college and got a good job. We slowly climbed the social and economic ladder to lower class. Lol This experience separates me from most people of my generation, at least in my area. I know others have dealt with the same problems, but it seems like they come out the other end unchanged if not indoctrinated that they cannot escape this poverty. My dad gave me one thing, a work ethic out of this world. I have worked a job since I was 16, without fail or any significant gaps. Now I have promised myself to never let my children live like this and to fulfill my potential to the fullest. I have a good job, work an average of 60 hrs a week, and now I am attending college aswell. So how about you, did growing up impoverished have a significant on the man/woman you've become? Did you pull yourself out of this pit, up by your boot straps, to become successful? Please include the era that you grew up, this interests me aswell, how things were in those times. Thank you.