I only caught a piece of a documentary on singer James Brown last night, but I did catch a pretty good statement he made:
" Of course I have an ego. I had to have an ego to escape where I grew up. Where I grew up there was no way out."
It's a shame he seemed to have little or no education [not that public schools are worth a s**t in that regard] yet he became a world famous entertainer in spite of his personal demons, which haunted him all his life.