I know a few of these, unfortunately! Then again, don't we all? The people who usually gossip and dwell on hatred for another person whom they don't really know tells me they need to find another focus. I'm flattered, really, that they want so badly to be acknowledged by me. However, I think their children might want some of that attention.
I agree, no one knows what you are capable of achieving, but you. But, don't you just love it when others try to tell you that you can't do something...I love those people because they push me to do it even harder to prove them wrong. Always love your HATERS! I know I do...lol.