I can tell you how the friend from Togo got where he is before the age of forty. He came to the US, found the cheapest school (mine), got a pharmacy degree, worked a million jobs to pay for it, graduated without debt, got a $100,000 job (pharmacy is lucrative), lived on $40,000, saved the rest, had enough to buy his own pharmacy in 10 years.
When I first came to the pocky little apartment where he lived with his wife and child, I was stunned to see a large hand-written, detailed chart of his life for the next 5 years. He told me he works on the chart every day. His dream is to go back to his country and start a chain of pharmacies in remote rural areas. At first, I confess, I thought he was a fantasist. But now I see him hitting every goal on the chart, and it’s really amazing.