When it comes to reaching your goals and dreams, a lot of things are optional.
Talent is optional. There are a lot of successful people with very little talent.
Genetics are optional. There are a lot of “too short” players in the NBA, and there are a lot of “too small” players in the NFL.
Privilege is optional. It may help you get there, but you don’t have to come from the right place.
The one thing that is not optional is sacrifice.