Always work to improve your own understanding of Islam to avoid falling into the waylay trap of the “contemporary” thought and definition of success. Those who seek knowledge on the path of Allah with sincere intentions, Allah will safeguard and preserve them in their deen.
From a very young age, a Muslim child must be brought up to experience the comfort of a loving family that would listen and provide support and learn to love his/her religion, not fear it; while at the same time respect his/her beliefs and stand up for them and not shy away.
While this mindset perpetuates and infiltrates the next generation, it is unfortunately normal for new Muslims to observe many of their Muslim peers define success the same way a non-Muslim would define success.
Who would we surrender to? Do we surrender to Allah the God of the worlds? Or do we surrender to society pressure?
Life, including its highs and lows, people and problems, make managing change stressful and overwhelming, so it is important to have and nurture your safe zones. If you couple your safe zones with a firm belief in Islam, and know that Allah has power over all things, you will be safe.
I was concerned with the hundred million things I didn't know and worried deeply if this knowledge would be expected of me. Would I need to start praying immediately? I was concerned with the hundred million things I didn't know and worried if this knowledge would be expected of me. Would I have to wear hijab right away?
Be prepared, because you will certainly encounter people that will watch every move you make, how you dress, what you say, where you go, who you talk to, and every other aspect of your life as if you are under investigation for something.
Creating a routine can do amazing things to bring stability and ease pressure. If you plan things out, you can organize your actions, thoughts, and will slowly find yourself feeling good, instead of feeling behind in your progress.
How equipped are young people to, not only, cope with what is going on, but to actually try to redress the damage done by generations already passed? What will spending hours every day sitting in front of various forms of screens do to help them on their way?
Change for new Muslims is never easy. Most need to adapt gradually. Each person has a very different situation, environment, and circumstance than the other, so do what works for you.
It would be wonderful if there was one answer that could be given to that question: “How can I tell my parents that I have become a Muslim?”, but the truth is that there isn’t a single answer.