The biggest lie of the modern age is the American Dream(TM), also known as Thatcherism in the UK.
The pitch is that anyone can make it if they work hard. Wealth comes to those who earn it, who do it for themselves.
Actually, most people will never be rich. Most of us spend our entire lives working for other people, earning a salary that tends to fit to a scale set out early on by our choice of career and qualifications.
The sooner you accept this and start trying to make the most of where you are now without chasing dreams of wealth, the sooner you can be happy. Your life is not validated by the amount of money you have, it’s validated by the way you live it.
At least, that’s what I tell myself.