Good words from JMR:
It is so much easier for nice people, and I am ignoring the bigots, to encourage hapless dreamers that we forget to check for what this post assumes: aptitude, drive, and gumption. I once met a student who hated reading, memorizing, or long hours who had as his ambition going to Harvard Law School. When I pointed out what the student would have to do to get to Harvard Law School, he accused me of “stealing his dream.” I was happy to map out an actual plan to get him there, but he wanted to dream about getting there instead. He wanted the lifestyle of a retired, super-successful lawyer, but was not willing to do the work or run the risk of doing family law in a local strip mall.
If you cannot pass biochemistry, you are not going to be a medical doctor. If you have bad work habits, you are not going to be a medical doctor. If you lack gumption, you are not going to be a medical doctor. You might not make it if you have all those traits! Sadly, if you live in a community that denigrates all those traits, then while you might make it your odds have been seriously reduced.
A feature of the Ratatouille Trap is when we allow our minds to segue through all the hard work as a music montage.