"The starting point of all achievement is desire" -Napoleon Hill
Throughout my entire life, there have been many people asking me what I want to do when I grow up.
When I was little, I wanted to be a missionary. After that, I wanted to be a singer. At one point, I had a whole list of things I wanted to do and who I wanted to be, but none of them were a bigger dream than the next. Except this: I still want to be a singer.
Since as early as I can remember, my extended family has doubted me. Somehow they don't see potential in me or appreciate the success I have had so far. I am still young, I have a lot of room to grow! My aunt herself has told me over and over that my dreams are just "pipe dreams" and that I either won't make them happen to begin with, or I will crash and burn when I try. I am an entrepreneur. I can't express enough how much judgement is put on the people who want to create their own business, or be their own boss. It is hard to push those disappointing looks and harsh words aside, especially when the person being harsh towards you believes that they are 100% right.
Consider your dreams. What have you wanted to do with your life the longest? What are some things that people have told you over and over that you are good at, but you have doubted them or blushed and looked away? Consider these things. These are your gifts!
I don't believe in pipe dreams.
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."
If you are led to do something in life, and if you have the determination to do it, you will succeed. You may not succeed in the way you originally intended, but knowing that you worked hard for something you wanted is success in itself.
I know that if I work hard at what I want to do, I will succeed! Refuse to listen to lies from people who think they're smarter than you. You can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you!
You have what it takes.
Go for your dreams with determination and hope.