The Western model of success under which we all live is a ‘meritocracy’. That is a society that says ‘anyone who wants to achieve can, and those who progress furthest do so on the basis of talent and merit’ (hence merit-ocracy).
A few hundred years ago, there was no such arrangement. If you were a blacksmith’s son, you became a blacksmith. If you were a blacksmith’s daughter, your best hope would be to marry the baker’s son. There was no guilt or expectation for anything higher in the social hierarchy.