I hate when black people say it though. The ones who have told me that are the ones who society wouldn't deem as being successful, but to be fair, they seem to be content with their lives. Black folks have struggled enough. Stop accepting that it's something that we must do. Thinking that will keep you in that mind frame, stopping you, I believe, from becoming greater.
I agree, people see successful people and think that they never been through anything and that's far from true in some cases. I remember in my young 20s I moved to a city by myself. I worked 2 jobs, had my own apartment, and car. To me, that's not making it, that's just living. Who don't have that. To my "friends" back home, I thought I was all that now. You so called have to struggled to make it, but when you do "make" it, some people hate you for it.