When I was in middle school, I wasn't really that intelligent, forceful, strong (in all senses of the word), assertive, friendly, etc. I got picked on as a result. However, something in me was awaken, and from that point on I strived to improve myself in every way that I could, and I believe it payed off. It didn't automatically give me anything, but it gave me the attitude to achieve everything that I did. This was a long time ago, but it payed off. It's as if I was in autopilot until that time, where I took the wheel and drove fast.