First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
What isn't mentioned in that quote is you have to be grounded in reality first. Skip that important part and "they" will probably never move beyond laughing at you. Or, if you do "win", it will be a fleeting victory.
If you are grounded in reality, you have won before they have even moved beyond ignoring you, they just don't know it yet.