And believe in your dreams.
Focus your vision and carefully plot the path toward it.
Seek permission from no one; work only for your own approval (which keeps you busy enough!).
Make the sacrifices you have to, with minimal complaints; endure the inevitable suffering along the way.
Stand your ground in the absence of support; utilize the seemingly inconsequential breaks in the race.
Make time to rest - it is there that your dreams are renewed.
Regard your helpers as angels, offering support where you can, and the utmost respect and compassion for the fact that they are on the same journey for themselves.
In all this, the reward will be a life worth sharing, worth defending: at the most, a life fulfilled; at the least, perhaps a life of fleeting accolades and secular rewards.
Either way - a legacy for others to emulate.