To an extent, this statement is true. Being born into a certain environment can either restrict you or open doors. However, this is where the individual's own decisions come to play.

In a scenario, if one is born into prosperity and wealth, one would assume their lifestyle is stable and comfortable. We base these assumptions not on the individual but their situation. We, as humans, are often guilty of judging a person by their cover rather than looking at the person as an unique individual. The ironic thing is that we do not even realise that we do this. We can often overlook a person's character and assume that one individual is either superior or inferior based upon their "environment." Shifting back to the scenario, what we fail to observe is the individual themselves: what if they choose to use the wealth for wrong purposes? What if all their wealth cannot help them to overcome an illness that they suffer with? Or, what if they are not simply hardworking enough?

The point I'm trying to convey is that we are a product of our decisions too. Yes, our environment can influence our decisions but our decisions are based upon our thoughts and experience. If one decides to grab opportunities, they are more likely to excel than another who solely relies on their wealth rather than hard-work. In a way, our decisions influence the "product" that we are-not just our environment.

In the world, we hear of many success stories- and they all have one thing in common: the individual's dedication. We often hear stories of so-and-so and how derelict their situation was and now they're in this position of power.

"You are a product of your environment" conjures up melancholic images of predetermined destiny: if you're born into poverty then you'll stay that way. What we fail to acknowledge is the person's mindset. Adopting a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset, not only allows the individual to excel but it manufactures an individual to always better themselves rather than remain attached to their situation.

To conclude, the environment has certain advantages however it's up to the individual in terms of what they want to achieve in life. Therefore, we are a product of our decisions and mindset too.