Thinking specifically about medical school entrance of course, since we're all nontrad pre-meds here The reason I ask is that I've been getting some obnoxious feedback from relatives that I shouldn't go for this goal so full-heartedly and I should leave myself a way out (Plan B), in case it doesn't work out. My point of view is that I KNOW I have what it takes to be a doctor. It's just getting admitted that's the tough part (don't we all feel this way? Otherwise, why are we spending so much time and effort?). And following that train of logic, if I believe I have what it takes to endure medical school and the years of residency afterward... the hoops that I have to jump through right now to gain admission seem insignificant in comparison! To put it more simply, it's not a matter of IF I'll get in, but instead, a matter of WHEN. As long as I keep wanting this and trying, I cannot envision a future in which I'll try for years and years and years and simply never get in to ANY medical school. What are the chances of that? I don't think I'm being egotistical or anything.. there are plenty of things in the world I think I would NEVER be able to do in a million years: physicist, stock broker, history professor. But physician? Through self-reflection, I really believe I can do this and that I'm suited for doing this. So... is this attitude unhealthy? Should I acknowledge the possibility of failure? I simply think that in order to obtain something important and huge requires a massive, sincere effort. If I think to myself "I'll just try my best, and if it doesn't work out, that's fine"... I can't see how that would lead to a desirable outcome. I think that BELIEF and 100% commitment to oneself is so important. Am I off-kilter for thinking that? Do you guys have a plan B or consider the possibility of failure? (Not failure as in failing to get in this year or the next... but failure as in FOREVER failure-- never getting into medical school).