I wrote one sentence as follows. In this sentence, I want to express that although the work is very hard, I finally overcome many barriers and succeed.
Although implementing my idea was very challenging, I finally made it.
But somebody reviewing my sentence used “succeeded” to replace “made it”. Now the new sentence is as follows:
Although implementing my idea was very challenging, I finally succeeded.
I did not know why he changed “made it” to “succeed”. May I ask that is there anything wrong when I used “make it” in my sentence?
And I think the second sentence can express my initial meaning, but the second sentence just sounds like “OK, it is hard. Then I succeeded.”. Its tone is not that much strong. I want to emphasize the hardship of my success. So can “make it” express my initial meaning? If not, is there any other words can be used here?