I went to Y Combinator's Female Founders Conference in 2014 to meet other people in tech. While there I had an epiphany - I was surrounded by amazing women who were pursuing their dreams, and I wanted to be one of them.
Believe in yourself! There will be people who won’t believe in you or have negative things to say, like Taylor Swift says, “Shake it off.” Each day remind yourself…what the creator has for you is for you. Keep the faith no matter what your current situation looks like. I still believe that hard work pays off. I am living proof of that. And no matter what--stay humble and continue to pay it forward.