The Strange Persistence of the Self-Made Man Myth

Successful men like Bill Gates, and successful women like Sheryl Sandberg, are commonly thought to have risen to the top of the business world solely because of their own gifts and grit. It’s a concept popularized by Ayn Rand’s novels: captains of industry realize their own greatness completely on their own—in spite of the government (and the mediocre bureaucrats who

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