Somewhere far away on the outskirts of a large city, a small farming village that nobody’s ever heard of exists. In it are two farmer boys, poor, illiterate and living in miserable conditions but are the best of friends. They’re also rivals, competing in everything together — from hunting rabbits to herding cows to building fences — they compete.
One day, as they’re laying down looking up at the clouds, one of them points to an eagle and says:
“One day, I’ll be able to fly as high as that eagle and rise to success.”
The other boy laughs, and replies, “Don’t keep your hopes up. We’re never going to leave this village. This will always be our life.”
The other boy sat up, faced his friend and responded with a quote he had once read:
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey
Where you are in life and the circumstances that you’re in — none of that has the ability to hold you back from being who you want to be. It might take years, or even a decade but as long as you work towards it, you have a chance. You are a product of the decisions you make.