It’s not a land of opportunity because hard work and effort won’t necessarily get you very far unless you have the right contacts and support. Read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success for more on that.

And yes, real people that I’ve known and real experiences support this outlook.

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Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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