I don't want to offend with this statement, but I was talking with a friend about high school math class as a life metaphor. When she was a freshman, they gave her a choice: take "easy" math - the class they said suited her - or work really hard to be in algebra.
She chose to work really hard because - and this is a quote from her teenage self - she "didn't want to hang with the dumb kids."
I don't know if she was thinking it at the time, but she basically created her life path with that one decision. She never has taken the easy way, choosing instead to be the creator of her destiny.
And I like her all the more for it.