I was just with a group of MBA students who are interested in a field that is shrinking. As the panel of professionals in the field painted a less than rosy picture of the future, the people in the room looked more and more and more discouraged. I believe that some decided to give up on their goal are having a career in the field.
Yet one person had a very different expression on his face, he actually looked super determined. When he and I chatted after the panel, he seemed seemed almost giddy with the prospect of finding a point of entry when few exist.
I would say that my new friend made a deeper commitment and is preparing himself for a long-haul with tenacity, focus, and perseverance. I bet he will make it.
Have a great day,