If you require additional affirmation, get a puppy. The rest of us are trying to work.
Just because we accept you as you are doesn't mean we've abandoned hope you'll improve.
Because there's nothing standing between you and your goal but a total lack of talent and complete failure of will.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. But you'd be a fool to withhold that from your superiors.
The discovery that you're no longer a big fish in a small pond, or even a small fish in a big pond, but a small fish in a big fish.