Howdy, I hate to start a thread before making any posts onto other people's threads first, but I really need some advice and am going to circumvent etiquette. Lately, I have been doubting my ability to ever become a physicist, much less a successful physicist and wanted to know if my fears are founded or simply me putting too much stress onto myself. I'm a rising sophomore in college, having completed the introductory mechanics and electromagnetism courses and the three introductory calculus courses. However, my grades did not turn out so well with me receiving B's, except in Calculus II where I received a C+. I understood the material well enough to not seek out professors for help (this was maybe a mistake) and work with my struggling friends and help them receive A's in the classes, but for some reason, I just can't handle tests that well (my study habits need improvement, but I am working on that.) I want to become an experimental physicist more than anything in the world. I am excellent in labs, writing detailed reports and knowing which analytical and mathematical techniques I need to use to get my results. I have been reading and self-teaching myself physics since freshman year of high school because everything about this profession excites me. I look forward to working 60 hour weeks, helping students as a TA, writing endless streams of code (only to find I made a slight error and must restart five hours of work), being the lap dog of an established physicist until I am able to come out form under his shadow, reading endless lab reports and journals to keep my knowledge updated, and pretty much learning about how this universe works. If I have not made it clear, I am very passionate about physics. During my EM class last year, I had to stop myself from cheering when my professor mathematically showed the class how to combine Maxwell's equations into a wave function that describes both the behavior of electricity and magnetism, thus combining both fields into the field of electromagnetism. Furthermore, I am fairly well-known among the physics professors, so I have developed a network of people to write me recommendations. This brings me to my question. Is passion really enough? I'm not sure anymore. Grade-wise, I struggle to compete with the other physics majors. However, I am stronger in my networking skills, science writing abilities, and my ability to grasp foreign concepts and make them understandable. As of the moment, I am going to use my success in my introductory Modern Physics to judge whether or not to continue this path. I have worked this summer towards fixing all the mistakes I have made in previous classes, such as poor time management, lacking study abilities, and accepting help from professors when I need it. So I am improving, but do I really have what it takes in the first place or am I just fighting the reality that I am not meant to be a physicist?