When we're little, most of us are encouraged to be great. But when we get older, for some reason, the script changes. We're told to be practical, realistic. The people who used to support us now discourage us--so we can be average, like them. You need to learn how to react to people like that. You need to learn to get p*ssed at their negativity and drive it into productive action. Learn to do whatever it takes to "live a life that says 'I told you so' without having to say a word."