Preparation And Mindset
I'm not going to spend much time on this, but I think it that needs to be addressed. Any time a person steps outside the box, sure enough, their are people that are going to tell them that they can't. It is just the way it goes and sometimes they are the people we care about the most. What you think about yourself is crucial to your success. Having a positive mindset and an 'I can' attitude goes farther than anything else. It isn't brains. It isn't looks. It's the willingness to learn something new, put it into action and then pass it on to the next person on a regular basis.
Be In The Solution
A good life is not a place at which you arrive. It's a lens through which you see and create your world. - Jonathan Fields
What is better? Reaching your goals, or the act of reaching them? If you learn one thing and can pass it on, it is the joy of being in the present moment, steadily working on the life that you are building for yourself while taking time to look upon what you've accomplished along the way.
Don't Stop. This Takes Time!
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie