Perhaps my favorite quote of all times is: "nothing is so good or bad that thinking won't make it so." The writer was Samuel Clemens, perhaps known better as Mark Twain. In my life I have found this to be both true and meaningful.
I was a shy and quiet kid. I had buck teeth and was self conscience about it. I wore braces for years and finally had them removed before I went away to college but the work was never finished.
When I got to school I decided I would be more self assured and people I met assumed I had always been that way. Ironically I found that the more comfortable I became with people the more I enjoyed my new found confidence and learned that I could be anyone I wanted to be. I ran for and was elected president of my dormitory. I joined both the forensic (speech) and debate teams and did well. I spoke to large groups of people then, and still do. I became a teacher, counselor, government and corporate trainer. I got my real estate license and could cold call and door knock with the best of them. I learned that the Twain quote was absolutely my path to becoming the person I wanted to be.