While we live in a world that places some of us in very obvious places of advantage, racially, financially, and so on..the real truth of the matter is that the only thing really holding you back, is yourself.
I remember a story I heard once about one of the richest men in Zambia. This is purely what I was told (or a half remembered version so long after, but I'll do my best).
This man was poor and had no money. He then offered a rich white family his services as a grass cutter. Saving his money, he eventually bought an ox to help him, so he could work faster. Bit by bit, he expanded, bought more animals, got hired by more and more people and eventually worked his way into being able to expand into other businesses. - Now, like I said, this story might be half remembered, half fable..but it makes a valid point. Even in some of the most dire circumstances there are, there is still a way.
Not to say that we'll always become the richest man or woman of anywhere...but why should we? The world is full of many pursuits, all very worthy.
But we tend to get caught up in a story..or at least many of us do. We somehow believe that we aren't capable of doing what others have done...That they possess some sort of magic thing that we don't.
It's all B.S. Yes, luck plays a part. But I have feeling that if you put yourself in the way of opportunity over and over again...backed up by your work ethic and dedication, beautiful and unexpected things begin to happen.
The point is that there is always a way. Always. If you can't see the way, you haven't look at it from the right angle yet.