In pursue, of doing what you are projected to do, there is always a reward vs risk. Along the way, we make mistakes. You want others to take you seriously instead of putting you on a lower level. What counts is you taking yourself seriously with action and words to back it up. Putting in the long hours, and leverage along with others is where it matters in creating the meaning you are seeking
.Normally those who put you in a small box, perceive their own self in this way. Their perception has nothing to do with you. Other relationships will be beneficial and others are limiting. Be careful who you allow in your life. Family you inherit, friends you can choose. The perception of others is their personal choice in accepting reality as they choose. You will have to seek those who are like minded and supporting each other to thrive.