Suppose you are working on a project to be entered in a contest. First prize is ten thousand dollars. Every bit of your energy goes into making sure that skill, brain power and sweat are exerted for the polishing of the entry. A lot is at stake here. Ten thousand dollars can pay off the loans.
Along comes one of your cousins, who starts complaining about how much time you spend locked away with this project. He calls you a snob. He says “That’s just weird; staying away from family, working on something that doesn’t matter. Like you’re going to win all that money. Why don’t you just give it up and accept you’re just one of us?”
Suppose you gesture with an open hand and say “I’ve got work to do” and keep walking.
What would you miss?