1999 - $5M to launch a product, 30M serious computer users. 2014 - $5K to launch, 3B serious phone users. Leverage / $ is up 100,000x.
What you choose to work on, and who you choose to work with, are far more important than how hard you work.
Tech companies will eventually displace the majority of the Fortune 500. Competing without software is like competing without electricity.
If you diet, invest, and think according to what the "news" advocates, you'll end up nutritionally, financially, and morally bankrupt.