These efforts eventually paid off.
I was able to secure a job, where I quickly distinguished myself as a talented and innovative hire. Over time, I managed to be recognized as top leader in micro-mobility, and got invited to speak at conferences.
It took me 10 years of struggles, to europeanize my name, start from rock bottom again to reach success.
So whatever you are going through, chin-up, stand and by all means: keep moving towards a new version of yourself.
Don't let anyone tell you what you can or can't achieve, only you know that.
Yet, despite my successes, I kept facing discrimination and prejudice with fingers pointing at my outdated, irrelevant, past mistakes and of course my ethnical background.
However, I refused to be defined by others' expectations. I continued to work hard, to speak out against racial and social injustice, and to mentor other individuals who were facing similar challenges.