More if you don't try, you definitely won't succeed attitude. I thought the Ayatollah's comment was a very negative one, but then my glass has always seemed more than half full. You're looking for advice on what you wish to do in life, not obstacles placed in your path. Although one of the vertically challenged, 5'4,'' I've served with that rifle way back. I've stood (laughs) my ground during that time and in civvy street afterwards. Always decided what I wished to do, against well intentioned advice in some cases. No regrets. Follow your dreams. Good luck.I suppose the message is persistence, or defiance? Am I close enough? A google search never helped much, other than the myth dates back to 1930's.