A recent New York Times poll reveals that some Americans don’t believe that it’s possible to start out poor in this country, work hard, and then become rich.

Bill O’Reilly tonight countered that way of thinking – telling the 33 percent of people who said it’s not possible that “The Factor” host is proof that you can become wealthy in America.

O’Reilly said he was flat-broke when he began his first broadcasting job in Pennsylvania. While he said people can become successful in this nation, there are things that everyone must do in order to do so.

First, O’Reilly advised: get educated. Second, he said, “You must be willing to work hard and conform to levels of performance.”

Still, O’Reilly noted that some Americans work hard, are smart, and don’t succeed economically.

“That’s why life is not fair. You never know how it's going to shake down,” he said.

Americans will not succeed, O’Reilly said, if they believe that the U.S. is a rotten, awful country. He said you should not walk around with a sense of entitlement or portray yourself as a victim of historical injustices.

“And finally, if you behave badly, if you are disrespectful, if you act foolishly on a consistent basis, if you refuse to develop your God-given talent, if you have three children by the time you are 20, if you abuse drugs and alcohol or do other self-destructive things, you will never succeed,” O’Reilly said.

While capitalism is tough and competitive, O’Reilly concluded that the American dream is still achievable.

“And I know what I’m talking about,” he said.

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