If anyone would take two words to heart and take pains to govern and watch over themselves by them they will live an impeccable and immensely tranquil life. The two words are: persist and resist.
— Epictetus —
Stories aren't perfect pictures of the world, but they allow us to succeed for this very reason. They can keep us going and become prophecy. You weren't "born" to do anything in particular, but when your story says you were "born" to do something, you perform better and persist.
After all, it's your destiny.
— Eric Barker, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science behind why everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong