Insecure people will always seek to discourage you, limit you, hinder you, lie to you, withhold information, or steer you in the wrong direction. Know who's in your corner, and who'd love it if you lived a life of obscurity and inactivity. Some of the most deceitful treatment you have ever experienced was from someone who envied you, or feared that you would gain something that they wanted--something you may not have even desired, or known was available to you.
Whether they come from a friend, family member or total stranger, don't fall for discouraging words dressed up as caring concern. Some people aren't giving you advice, they're trying to block your path.
Discouraging imps don't know when to shut up. They get rattled; keep talking, and say that one thing that lets you know that they're not making any sense, and your well-being is not their priority.
Listen AND hear.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; DO NOT be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9 ...whether you can sing a capella or not...lol