Providing for yourself and your family used to include establishing a foundation of some sort. Turning a plot of land into a farm, for example. These days, it's not even debt service often enough. No matter how many times you pay the rent, the rent will come due again and the amount can only go up. No amount of faithful service will produce a pension (even people who supposedly have a pension plan may find it gone before they retire) or even a genuine effort to not downsize you. Fully half of the American workforce has no retirement to look forward to, only a day when they will no longer be able to go to work. Stocking shelves, sweeping floors or fixing cars will not have any lasting effect on anything. Even physicians have become interchangeable. THE family doctor does not exist anymore.
Only a few can afford to start a business and even fewer can afford a second try at it.
Sorry to be a downer, but that's the current economic conditions.