I would say that I've been lucky. Being blessed and not really ever giving up.
As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected, either by agents or publishers. You absolutely must plow forward.
I've got my hardcore fans, and I thank them so much for being there for me and not giving up on me.
I feel I could be a role model to other Hispanic gymnasts interested in the sport, but I also want them to understand the importance of being focused, determined, and not giving up, despite all the struggles.
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.