The Come-Up: What's the Highest Jump You've Seen?

Unfortunately, the world isn't fair. The biggest driver of success in life generally stems from how much your parents made and the opportunities presented. For instance, the kid born in rural Appalachia growing up on food stamps is basically screwed in comparison to the NH private school kid when competing for high tier jobs and financial success. However, there are always some outliers that are able to climb from the shit.

What's the story of someone who you've personally interacted with that has the highest come-up? What made them successful?

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Mar 5, 2019

I know a guy whose mom left him in a dumpster on prom night... he climbed out of the dumpster all on his own and walked to the orphanage.

There he became the alpha of the orphanage and basically ran the show. He got great grades at shitty public school and used his shit upbringing to get into Harvard. Absolute boss

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Mar 5, 2019

I know another guy who started out as a single cell organism on a turd in Bangladesh. He learned to work with other cells and become a multi-cell organism. Eventually different groups of cells began specializing in different activities. These specialized groups of cells eventually became a human body and he busted his ass to be the best student he could be.

He broke out of Bangladesh and into Harvard (his application essay basically wrote itself) where he became a top student, leader in numerous clubs. Now he's working at TPGs growth equity group - what a boss

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Mar 5, 2019

Bad example, warm turds are great places to incubate single cells into multiple cells. Might as well be leading off 3rd base with silver cleats.

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Mar 15, 2019

Another evolution opportunity presents itself for this former single-cell organism:

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Mar 7, 2019

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Mar 5, 2019

My dad started as a village boy living on probably ~$1000 a year and makes north of $200k/year now - sometimes far north of that figure. Needless to say to improve on his "come-up" I'd probably need to make ~$10+ million a year at some point.

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Mar 5, 2019

A lot of the big come-up stories I have seen have been a result of athletics. For example, somebody with terrible prospects goes to college as a first generation college student and then gets a great job. Know a few traders like that - came from small towns in fly-over states and now making a ton trading commodities.

Mar 5, 2019

Really interesting, do you know what they attributed to their success? I'm sure their work ethic was unreal, but maybe just surrounding yourself in college with connected, well-off people was enough to get momentum going in just knowing options and lingo.

Mar 5, 2019

Yeah - they are all super smart people that would have been intellectually overqualified to really do anything where they grew up. Fortunately they were identified and had a way to grow into that potential through connections and opportunities afforded to them in college.

Mar 5, 2019

Know someone that came from a developing country over to the states. Was disowned for not following traditional values. Had about $150 to his name.

Paid for undergrad and grad school himself by working and teaching throughout college. Started up his own company that has grown to about $3 to $4mm a year in Revenue.

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Mar 5, 2019

I know a guy who started from the bottom. Living with his mamma they'd argue every month. He worked all night and got caught in traffic on the way home.
He's worth 9 figures now.

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Mar 5, 2019

Guy in my fraternity was a child soldier in Africa. Long story short, he escaped the situation and is now getting his law degree and is a successful activist.

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Mar 5, 2019

So he's one of those darn SJWs? Don't those idiots know how amazing everything is and that they should just shut up and enjoy the freedoms in this country and not rock the boat?

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Mar 6, 2019

Don't worry it didn't go over my head, looks like it whooshed by a few people though

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Mar 8, 2019
Ozymandia:

So he's one of those darn SJWs? Don't those idiots know how amazing everything is and that they should just shut up and enjoy the freedoms in this country and not rock the boat?

SJW == Activist

SJW = Annoying feminine person from a rich country

Mar 5, 2019

Lululemon manager to private equity VP at a family office.

Guy married the daughter of the guy who owns the fund.

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Mar 8, 2019

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Mar 5, 2019

Guy whose mom was an alcoholic and he grew up in the middle of nowhere. Dad was not a good guy either. Dude was literally dumpster diving at one point and all his siblings are drug addicts/FAS/etc..

He started a company and just completed a Series A at an 8 figure valuation after 4 or 5 years of grinding it out. He got some level of liquidity out too which is nice.

Easily one of the nicest most/hard working guys I've had the chance to be around and 100% earned his success.

I've seen him go way way way out of his way to help people too.

Mar 5, 2019

There's a guy who goes to a non target school. He grinded out his first two years mad hard and got a 4.0 GPA. Tho he couldn't land any internships then proceeded to troll forums and blame H1B slots and Immigrants for stealing his interships despite having a perfect GPA.

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Mar 6, 2019

Lol

excel is my canvas, and data is my paint - new york - brunch conesseiour - atheist - centrist - ENFP - TCU alum

Mar 6, 2019
Dumpster Fire Yuppie:

Unfortunately, the world isn't fair. The biggest driver of success in life generally stems from how much your parents made and the opportunities presented. For instance, the kid born in rural Appalachia growing up on food stamps is basically screwed in comparison to the NH private school kid when competing for high tier jobs and financial success. However, there are always some outliers that are able to climb from the shit.

What's the story of someone who you've personally interacted with that has the highest come-up? What made them successful?

You're already wrong in your second sentence, as genomics and GWAS studies have already started to prove. The correlation in your third sentence is also wrong. The biggest predictor of education and success is "g", which is essentially IQ, and this is highly heritable. Yes, there are advantages of being born into wealth, but higher "g" has been shown to directly account for substantially better life outcomes across all socioeconomic classes.

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Mar 5, 2019

Post the studies that show starting out poor with a high IQ is better than starting out rich with a low IQ, as far as ending up rich.

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Mar 6, 2019

Who said "rich?" You're now moving the goal posts as usual. OP used the word "success" and I used the word "success." Most of the studies on the topic measure success through job status, educational attainment, career earnings, etc. and combine this into an "adult attainment factor" score. There isn't some binary switch of "rich" or "not rich".

Unless you still want to keep your head in the sand, read this study and this book:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3c4TxciNeJZV3BBa...
https://www.amazon.com/Blueprint-How-DNA-Makes-Pre...
The latter link for The Blueprint, which came out late last year and is the most up to date source on genetics, is written by Plomin. Plomin is probably THE leading genetics researcher in the world.

Also, I never said that intelligence is the sole factor, and upbringing absolutely has some bearing, but intelligence is by far the biggest factor in "adult attainment." This is irrefutable in the hard sciences now, and gimmicky social scientists who can't even replicate studies are losing their minds.

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Mar 6, 2019
BobTheBaker:

Post the studies that show starting out poor with a high IQ is better than starting out rich with a low IQ, as far as ending up rich.

Look at the study I linked, it DIRECTLY addresses and proves that a high IQ person from a lower socioeconomic status family tends to at least achieve the same level of "adult attainment" as a low IQ person from a high socioeconomic status family.

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Mar 5, 2019

How's freshman year?

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Mar 5, 2019

This is a complete non-sequiter. Sure, intelligence is important (though "intelligence" is a nebulous claim and there are major some major drawbacks to the IQ system as a measure of intelligence). But until you can show that it is more important than access to education, nutrition, etc, you have essentially no point at all. Having a huge dick might be highly correlated with success, too, that doesn't make it a meaningful driver of it

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Mar 6, 2019

No, "g" is a very well thought out assessment of intelligence, and intelligence can indeed be measured very well. It's amazing to me how so many of you clowns can be so misinformed and don't even care.

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Mar 6, 2019

Dude, you're using references from 2007. The past decade+ has been a revolution in genomics and understanding of polygenic nature of many different personality traits. Go to my links above.

Mar 7, 2019

There is no correlation between IQ and success? That is so incorrect on the face of it that it's silly. It's even more silly when looking at studies. IQ is the best indicator of success.

Mar 6, 2019

Guy born in deep East Texas, rural and standard Irish family problems: too many kids, not enough money. Goes from HS to working the rigs in ETX, quits and manages to graduate college. Winds up MD at a HF.

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Mar 6, 2019

I've heard stories of rednecks out in the oil patch starting as roustabouts and exiting fracking services companies for 9 figures 15 years later... Guys that may not have even finished high school.

Mar 6, 2019

My old man started pretty low on the totem pole. Dirt poor even by 3rd world country standards, only kid in his building (and trust me, they packed those buildings with bodies) to get into high school, ended up scholarshipping his way all the way through a doctorate and providing us kids with a solidly middle to upper middle class upbringing. He's no PE BSD throwing cash at models and bottles, but I think he did pretty well for himself.

And now I'm here slinging monkey shit at anonymous people on an online forum

For real though, try Jack Ma or Wang Jianlin.

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Mar 6, 2019

John Paul DeJoria has an interesting story to tell. I think he is famous enough to google.

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Mar 6, 2019

My great grandfather was a poor Copt in Egypt back when muslims liked killing us for no reason (and still do). Got tight with the right individuals at the right times, past down connections to granddaddy and now we're doing well, better than most in the country. It makes me happy today that many Egyptian industrialists are Copts, and garbage like the muslim brotherhood gets overthrown, hanged, shot, and sewered by our almightly president Sisi.

Ty

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Mar 7, 2019

Know dozens of immigrant doctors or engineers who grew up dirt poor and all of whom are making at least mid 6 figures. Some were able to parlay that into low 8 figure net worths through investing

Mar 7, 2019

I know dozens of millionaires that never went to high school and grew up in a level of poverty that Americans cant even comprehend.

Mar 8, 2019

Personally, my dad. His father passed away when he was 15, mother and sister were basically hippies and were no help to him at all. He always wanted to be successful so he moved out at 16, put himself through college but eventually realized school was not for him and got into wealth advising/management. Has been doing it ever since and has been very successful. Huge inspiration to me as a family man and in business.