“Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.”
The World. I’ve always believed that I could make it in the world, no matter what. Why would you gimp yourself by believing that you have less potential than anyone?
We were all born with different circumstances. Do the people that were born into rich and/or powerful families have an advantage? Maybe. Those individuals start with an advantage in resources. But they don’t necessarily have the ambition, the motivation, the raw desire to make something of themselves. One might believe that these traits are inborn, but I disagree. These can be learned, acquired, developed by anyone who simply wants to reach his or her goals, whatever they may be.
We get to prove ourselves every day, no matter what our goals may be. The first step is you prove to yourself that you can belong wherever it is that you want to be. Once you believe in yourself, then you can make others believe. Does it help if the people around you believe in you? Of course. Emotional support is always a benefit. You don’t need to go it alone. But there will be times that your own belief in yourself is all that you’ll have, in the darkest of moments. Be prepared for that eventuality. Believe.