The way I was raised influenced, yet did not 'dictate' how I turned out. I turned out very different than how I was raised. The nature versus nurture is critical to consider in how you turn out. In my case, although raised by adoptive parents, I had many qualities from my biological parents. As I have grown older I have seen the strong impact of nature. Although it may not be popular to consider, our genetic make-up is a major factor in how we turn out in terms of health, intelligence, character traits, and predispositions. How you are raised often shapes and directs those qualities and faults, but does not totally change them.
I also believe that the time in which you are born, along with birth order are factors to consider in understanding how you turn out. A great deal of attention goes on the nature versus nurture, yet many factors play a part which are not fully understood, such as birth order and time in which you are born.