Set the bar high. I have probably been rejected by more people than you have ever met. I have been told that my photography is shit, that my taste is shit, that my existence is abhorrent. Yet, here I am. Telling you to set the bar high. Encouraging you to keep pushing for your dreams. Some of mine have come true and I sure am glad that I have not given up. Judge yourself by the small victories that you are able to achieve each day. Play the long game. Order the pineapple fried rice. Get the extra peanut sauce, but only if you earned it. Lacole Sawyer had never tried Thai food. She became a fan.