I hear you. And I respect what you've been able to do for yourself. And I do think working hard is a fun aspect of being human - whether it's working hard at a job, as a parent or friend, or even as an unpaid political organizer.
I still have the sense that you're not totally hearing my point. That person flipping burgers for minimum wage is not making 30k, but rather much, much less. Supporting a family (rent, health insurance, NES bill, food etc) on a burger-flipping wage is just about impossible. When a company is highly profitable, and boasts a multimillionaire executive team but has a workforce (without which the company would have nothing) that can't afford to see the doctor, that has to wait in line for a food box so as not to starve, that works 40, 50, or 60 hours a week but still can't make ends mean - that's just crazy. It doesn't make sense. To me, it's just irrational and unethical. Again, sometimes, all too often in fact, people have to organize and fight for what is right, because people with the power to make things right so often don't. And, by the way, to fight that kind of fight takes the kind of hard work that you value so much.
By the way, a lot of people start out rich. GW for example was born into a long line of wealth, as are many folks. Many people with money did absolutely nothing to earn it, save the blind luck of being born in the right place at the right time. No hard work there.
Also, one other issue at hand - I feel that humanity has an obligation to care for those who are not capable of hard work. That's why we have things like disability insurance, social security insurance, medicare etc. To me, it's just unethical to leave those folks out in the cold - which we sometimes do quite literally.
I love your sense of hard work. I hope that at some point you chose to apply some of that energy to helping/organizing/caring about those who unlike you, have not been able to stabilize in the middle class.