Never forget or underestimate the value of persistence. The world may mock, and people most certainly will doubt, but be persistent in pursuing those things that you believe in. Results may not be immediate – and, most likely, they won't be - but continue to press on and press forward toward your goal.
We had a new student orientation at CCA this evening. Every year, I have had to introduce a new principal. To some, this would be considered an embarrassment. However, each principal has been progressively better than the one before them. Progress is being made, and every year that progress is more and more evident. Persistence in pursuing what you want will eventually show returns if you stay the course.
Make sure the path you are following is right and true, and then go after it with everything you've got. Don't be swayed; don't be discouraged; be persistent and relentless.