Today is the day you stop letting someone get comfortable with putting you down. You need to keep being you and stay focused on your goals no matter what. Never shrink yourself for someone else’s comfort. You have to remind yourself that you can go as far as your mind lets you.
I’ve had more than my share of people trying to discourage me from pursuing my dream of becoming a surgeon but I never let them faze me or throw me off course. It only pushed me to work harder. It hasn’t been easy – I gave up every weekend and vacation in high school to studying or doing extra projects to help me get into Harvard; in college waking up at 4 in the morning, taking a bus to Harvard Med School to set up my research project, taking another bus to the projects where I taught elementary students, then classes all day and working 2 jobs including being a lab TA for Bio and Physics; residency where I would operate all day then drive into the ER multiple times in the night to take care of hand and facial trauma cases. Anything worth achieving is worth fighting for. If you are in the grind pursuing your dreams, it’s totally worth it. The sacrifice and hard work only make success. Also don’t wait until you you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal. ❤️