Realistically, that depends on a lot of factors. No one gets anywhere really by themselves. You have to have people nurturing and supporting you, especially when younger or at least not trying to damage you. This is why parents who care try to give every advantage to their kids as possible. If you have people working against you from getgo, thats going to be hard to survive without extensive damage. If you can survive beyond this stage relatively intact, then you will be strong enough others really cant take you down or stand in your way. Often, even if you come from a disadvantaged background but at least if you had people around who cared for you or someone in your corner, you have a better chance. If you dont, thats very rare because if we all could pull a rabbit out of a hat, then the subject of abuse would be trivial. Also, ironicly, though sensitivity is very powerful because its enlightening, its also more fragile. This is very easy to exploit or damage beyond full recovery especially with children. This is one of the tactics abusers target as this is their main means of winning as its much easier to destroy than build up. This is why standards, especially moral ones remain relatively lower across the board in society. If you have people whose main talents or arsenal is abuse/oppression, even what is superior can become fragmented to not be as useful as it originally could have been. Psychological abuse is one tactic that is a crime that often takes place and is used because there is no physical evidence except damaged people. I have even met homeless people who are very intelligent and some very talented but if their psychological damage is extensive, it overrides normal functionality. this can be anything from depression, ptsd, drug/alcohol addiction, schizophrenia etc. it will be hard to keep it together or there will be periods of being able to keep it together and then falling apart etc. this tends to go in cycles. this is not conducive to what society expects of you, whether through your fault or another (abuse). on top of this, society is more prejudicial and insensitive than it admits. people are political in many ways. the average group in any situation (even work) can sense if someone is troubled or merely different. those who have been damaged in a certain way can easily become a target for further damage. if they sense you are damaged, most will want to damage you more or bully you or oust you even if you are technically doing your work well or even better than most. that's the animalistic aspect of most people. most consider this a 'sniffing' a weakness. it's not that one is inherently weaker, it's just that a damage or vulnerability is detected from the majority. that is because (horrificly) those same people are the winners and those who abused you have more in common than meets the eye. there are many layers and workings of society that are unspoken. it's unspoken because it does not correlate to the clean and aboveboard facade of society that it portrays. this can become insidious though. the more professional the position, the less likely people are animalistic but if you are damaged, that's going to make it difficult to even get to such a position because you need a lot of strength and ability to make it. if you are riddled with periodic episodes of depression, ptsd or other serious mental/emotional health issues that it incapacitates you at times, you cannot be consistent. this is the tragic part of abuse and that is why people use it on others. this is also a depraved way of gaining ground on others but society uses that often, in subtle and overt ways when they can get away with it. but as a silver lining or a philosophical outlook, the truth is just because there are people who may be better off than you, it doesn't necessarily mean they are better than you. that's the lie society would like to spread around for their ego but that's not always true because there are so many factors that go into why and how someone is healthier than another or is more successful. being fortunate and having good parents or not as abused is not one's accomplishment and therefore ahead of the game. this is not something one should feel guilty for at all but realized it is a blessing. this is why there is a view among enlightened people to have consideration and help the disenfranchised and damaged or at least understand why.