Choose your path in life. Stick to it. People all around you are always going to be F'd up, or just have their own way of thinking. The moment you understand that no single individual can possibly tell you how to live your life, or how to think, you can begin to think for yourself.
Lets see, Benjimen Baneker wasn't born rich, nor was, James Hetfield, Bill Gates, etc. The point is we have an opportunity to succeed in the usa to make our lives anything we want, if we are resourceful and independent.