How do you deal with people who genuinely care about you so they speak up and try to convince you that your dreams of becoming a published author are unrealistic? I'm not referring to false friends or acquaintances you can shrug off. I mean people who really matter. Parents. Life Partners. People you can't just tell to 'eff off'. What do you say? How do you convince them you are serious, motivated and have a better than average chance of success? I've been hurt recently by well-intentioned people who love me and have suggested I try a different career path. Thoughts?