This quote, by the Nobel Prize winning cytogeneticist Barbara McClintock, is very insightful. It reveals that if someone is capable of convincing you that you’re not on the right track, it’s a sign you yourself didn’t believe you were to begin with. The fact of the matter is that if you truly believe–without a doubt–with your inner knowledge–that you’re on the right track, then it is what it is. Nothing anyone says can possibly change or alter the path you’re on unless you weren’t entirely sure it’s right yourself.
Knowing this can help us navigate life by helping us realize where our uncertainties lie and where our convictions are strong.
This quote also reveals that determining your right track must rely on that inner knowledge, which no one else can know but you.