My most significant times of growth comes when I have both a high amount of pressure on me and a high amount of support for me.
Pressure brings focus. When I have to succeed because the consequences of failure are tremendous, I will do what is necessary to avoid defeat. But pressure also comes with stress, self-doubt, and fatigue.
The negative consequences of pressure is why support is necessary. I need people in my life to encourage me because they believe in me. They can see through the obstacles I am facing and reinforce their belief that I will figure it out and succeed, that I have what it takes, and that I am loved even when I fail.
I will never be able to claim to be self-made. Too many people have helped me through the pressure they put on me, the support they gave to me, or both.