Your strength of character and honesty will guide a friend.
The most difficult thing in life is to get started; to act upon your desires. After that, it's your tenacity and persistence that will carry you forward. Passion and drive wax and wane; they fade in and fade out. But tenacity, stubbornness and persistence can carry you through those times when your passion dips. If it's something that you truly want, unleash your persistence and tenacity.
You might lose this round to someone else, but that doesn't mean you won't be back again tomorrow with a fighting chance of winning the next round.