No one has to apologize for one's humble origins. Many who started off financially challenged have learned to be prudent with spending, especially when spending other people's money. On the other hand, some have been driven to other extremes, making up for lost time in profligate expenditures. It has been written that Imelda Marcos' obscene obsession with her shoe collection is traceable to her being dirt poor at childhood.
There was a true story once about a man with only $10 in his pocket. He gave it to his son before jumping into the MRT tracks. He did not benefit from the meritocracy which is supposed to be the salve for the real impoverished.