It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered in after ages. If you are not afraid to face the music, you may someday lead the band. Your self-beliefs either support or undermine you. You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life, but define yourself. The rich substance of the Universe is yours to do with as you wish. Why settle for so little in life when you can have so much, just be daring to be different in your thinking. If you do not do it excellently, do not do it at all. Because if it is not excellent, it will not be profitable or fun, and if you are not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Only a mediocre person is always at his best. Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment. Why not go out on a limb? That is where the fruit is To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all. Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they are yours. We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision. The wisest men follow their own direction. Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on a shifting carpet.