College is a great personal example of years of preparation. I vividly remember the stress I felt in 6th grade about doing well in class so I could get into the advanced High School classes so that I could get into a good college. SO MUCH FOR ALL OF THAT. I dropped out of the “good college” I got into and now barley go even to the local college. But that is OK because when I am 25 I'll do it for real. But what as all that anguish for as a twelve- year- old? Bottom line... sometimes you can only do things when you are ready, so at 24, I finally don't bite my nails any more. And that my friends, is something you have to be ready for.