It’s not so much that adults lie to kids about this as never explain it. They never explain what the deal is with money. You know from an early age that you’ll have some sort of job, because everyone asks what you’re going to “be” when you grow up. What they don’t tell you is that as a kid you’re sitting on the shoulders of someone else who’s treading water, and that starting working means you get thrown into the water on your own, and have to start treading water yourself or sink. “Being” something is incidental; the immediate problem is not to drown.
— Paul Graham