I’ve heard people refer to themselves as “self made” for as long as I can remember. I understand the premise of it. They’re trying to say that they started & built their own business, or they don’t necessarily work for someone else, or that no one handed them their success. I totally get all of that, and at the same time, no one is truly “self made”. Let me explain. 

#1- we were all made by God. And even if you don’t believe in God, you have to acknowledge that we didn’t just randomly appear from nowhere.

#2- EVERYONE, I don’t care who you are, has had someone who’s helped them out along the way. A parent, a coach, a teacher, or a mentor, at some point has been there to help & guide every “self made” person.

#3- anything of significant value or success was built with the help of other people. 

#4- proclaiming to be “self made” is ego in my opinion. It feels good to say, “look at what I did”, or “I built this all by myself.” It might feel good to say, but it’s not the truth.

#5- if someone truly is “self made”, and they built something absolutely amazing, imagine how much more amazing it could be if they brought in other people to help them build what they did all by themselves. 

I know that there’s a lot of people out there who have built some amazing things alone, and I don’t want to discredit that. I believe the most important part of life is the relationships we have, and every time I hear someone proclaim to be “self made”, I think of the people who have helped the “self made” people along the way who aren’t being acknowledged. It’s so much more admirable to thank the people, and the God who helped get us to a place of success rather than proclaiming to be “self made”.