I think that all of us, at some point in our pursuit and our careers will hear, or even use, this phrase.
It used to drive me nuts. It was so insulting.
The non-believers and haters will use it to diminish what we do.
The wannabes will even use it as an equalizer – something to blame for why you already have what desperately eludes their insatiable hunger.
Laypeople and your loving audience (the most forgivable of the bunch) just don't know what else to call it. They are simply outside of the know.
And, during those down times when we are lost in our own doubt and disbelief, questioning our tenacity, even we will say it to ourselves