You don't have to start from scratch. There are other examples out there that you can build on or use as a starting point.
As the architect of your own life, you are responsible for building a solid foundation upon which to establish your future growth. If you're too impatient at this crucial early stage, you run the risk of laying a weak foundation that won't support your lofty goals and ideals. It's okay to spend time getting the foundations right by making sure that they are solid and comprehensive. That way, the life that you build in the future will have a solid base.
You can't change people, you can only alter the way that you react to them.