Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain
What do you do with a history degree?
This reminds me of the people in college who demanded I tell them what in the world I would do with a degree in History. These were all pre-law poli-sci or pre-med bio-sci majors. Their lack of perspective precluded them from recognizing the value of history, literature, and other “soft” majors. The ability to think and create is infinitely more valuable than the ability to regurgitate and memorize.
What if you fail?
Having a positive intention and taking action on it is always productive. Even if you fail, you have learned something and can make a better attempt next time.
How did you handle it?
How have you dealt with people that didn’t comprehend your ambitions?