“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”
Just a reinforcement of what I’ve been saying all along. Have high expectations based on what you believe you can do and not be limited by how others measure you. You are at the age of a great deal of self-discovery and you’ll find that your present expectations can and will be expanded. Frankly I’m jealous that you are in this stage of your mental, physical, emotional, and philosophical expansion. So much that you are destined to find has barely been given birth and it’s growth has yet to occur so keep your heart, soul, and all of your senses sharpened for the necessary awareness and development. How exciting is that thought!
With that in mind, be cautious of those who barely know you or have not invested the time to assess your depth when they try to alter you. As you are still becoming familiar with your own make-up, it is difficult to justify their observations and recommended adjustments when the foundation of their information is undoubtedly flawed at the outset. This is where I need to reemphasize that you need to trust those who have known you the longest and/or shared the most with you since they have a different set of eyes to work from and may see things well outside your comprehension at specific moments when you are dealing with crises of the heart, soul, mind, indecision, despair, or self-doubt. Just listen when the natural reaction is to defend your situation because it can be changed for the better and sooner.
Last thought. There will be a multitude of people who will try to tell you what, when, and how to do things. Usually this will be based on how they have previously done things, or overcompensating for not being able to do or understand how you have done or do the things that have made you successful to date. DISREGARD UNTIL you have honestly conducted your own personal inventory, evaluation, assessment, and thereafter performed the necessary reconfiguration. Then you can weigh the value of other’s input and my guess is that the important information provided will not be much different than what you’ve learned about the nature, quality, and ability, concerning how you intend to approach your future performance. You ultimately will define the destination of your quests, both foreseeable and yet to be discovered.