Stand by what you believe in.
Sometimes, easier said than done. But mostly, I think, forgotten along with whatever tricks-and-tips your 11th grade Algebra teacher tried to sneak into your mindly file-cabinets.
But if an 83-year-old little-bitty-lady can represent infront of Senators, wiry spectacles and all, then so can you.
Not saying you need to travel to D.C. to show support for your causes.
Just avoid compromising on that which would alter fundamental you. Besides, if we all did, then the fascinating fabulousness of convictions would disappear in plumes of smoke.