I was one of the guys that told you to keep at it and slowly add equipment and learn as much as you can as you go. AND ignore the people that tell you that you cant do something. Those are the people that always gave me the motivation to go try something, and most times after a couple of trys I was successful.
I remember you hot-rodding around a field or something like that in an older Ford Ranger when you first joined.
Before you know it you'll be 43 years old like me, and telling hopefully telling a 16 year old kid to stick with their dreams. Enjoy.