Obviously, the boys belonging to the higher income groups have an advantage over those of lower groups in the matter of choosing their life's work, and hence, roughly speaking, the size of their wage income. To simplify the problem let us assume that a normal boy about to be graduated from high school is trying to decide whether he will enter business with the view in mind of becoming an enterpriser, of studying for one of the professions, or of learning a trade. What shall be the determining factor in the decision? First of all, he must decide to his own satisfaction the definition of success. If to have command over capital and labor, and to enjoy a relatively high income is the goal, then the answer must be business. If, on the other hand, his goal is a moderate income combined with leisure and a certain kind of contentment, he ought to choose a profession or a trade. In making the choice, however, certain well-known facts concerning the probability of success should be taken into account. Business is much like a lottery with its few capital prizes and many blanks. For every successful business man in a large way there is a multitude composed of mediocre ones and failures. Every large city has a throng of struggling shopkeepers to set over against its relatively few merchant princes. The boy, therefore, that would enter business must be prepared to assume the risks which it necessarily entails. In the professions and trades, however, the situation is different. There no huge money prizes and but few blanks exist. Any one with ability enough to complete a high school course can look with a reasonable degree of assurance toward making a comfortable living and a fair financial success as a lawyer, doctor, teacher, engineer, architect, or skilled mechanic. Beyond this a few can go, reaching the financial level occupied by high-salaried officials of railroad or insurance companies; but none can hope to amass the wealth of a Rockefeller or a Carnegie. Now and then we find a professional man who has by his own skill and talent accumulated a million dollars, but this is not a capital prize in an industrial society which includes in its membership thousands of millionaires.