“A favorite among hobbyist is the Japanese Koi Fish, commonly know as the Carp. If you purchase a carp and put it into a small fish bowl they grow to be 2-3 inches long. If you take that same fish and put it into a larger tank or small pond they grow to be 6-10 inches long. If you take that same fish and you put it into a large lake in Japan, under the proper conditions, they grow to it be over three feet long.”
-From The Speakers Sourcebook, by Glen Van Ekeren
So the lesson here is that the size of the fish is in direct relation to the size of the pond.
If you are provided opportunity, you can disqualify yourself quicker and more ruthlessly than anyone else. The “little trolls” of self-doubt in your head will tell you why you should not have it. They will tell you why you are too young. They will tell you that you don’t know how. They will tell you that you have not earned it.
Your participation in the process may be your purpose. You have earned it if you try. You will regret it if you don’t give it a shot.
Go find yourself a bigger pond.