You've probably seen this photo of a little black boy patting President Obama's head. Yes, the photo is adorable and yes, it makes the President instantly likeable. But beyond all that, its backstory carries a powerful message: the little boy wanted to touch the President's hair to see whether it felt like his own. And it apparently did.
You can never overestimate how empowering it is to see someone who looks like you--only older and more successful. That, much more than well-meaning advice and encouragement, tells you that you can make it.