I'm sure this is a topic I will often revisit, especially in the context of race.
The way I was raised, I was never used to going out of my way to achieve. I was blessed to be book-smart, so achievement in school wasn't a problem. I was circumstantially permitted to do very well in martial arts at a young age. But, I didn't realize for a long time how important it was to push myself past my natural ability or how things already were.
Some people say that they believe they can accomplish anything. I do not, but I love proving myself wrong.
It's sad how often people fall into a broken mindset. Our souls become crippled through life experiences and negativity. Then often when we do achieve, not everyone, if anyone, is supportive.
I saw this quote as part of a piece of art once:
"The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly"
I don't mind appearing small, because I have become someone that I can be proud of.