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"You are not born an Xperson … You earn X-personhood by a strenuous effort of discovery in which curiosity and originality are indispensable … The young flocking to the cities to devote themselves to "art," "writing." "creative work" — anything, virtually, that liberates them from the presence of a boss or superior—are aspirant X people … If, as C. Wright Mills has said, the middle-class person is "always somebody’s man," the X person is nobody’s … X people are independent-minded… They adore the work they do, and they do it until they are finally carried out, "retirement" being a concept meaningful only to hired personnel or wage slaves who despise their work"

Robert Reich, ‘The Work of Nations’