It’s not about surrounding yourself with people who are better than you. 
It’s about surrounding yourself with people who bring out the best in you.
Survival of the fittest is no longer about being the smartest or fastest or biggest. 
It’s about perservering. 
It’s about staying true to your path and facing down death and heartache and disappointment and ridicule because you want something so bad nothing else will do.
I’ve always thought I lacked the drive to have a passion. 
Now, I realize passion and determination come disguised as perserverence. 
It isn’t the path that matters, it’s that you’ve stayed the course.
Persevere.