http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/4997/ This website gives a simple definition of what the myth is. The idea of working hard in order to get some form of gain has been common knowledge long before this book was written. Alger manages to capture this ethic in a way that hadn't been done before. Applying it to contemporary society can be done. By looking at many of the billionaires and millionaires around the world. Mark Zuckerberg worked hard to get where he is and he has made considerable gains financially.