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Kaleb Roberts

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Have you realized your potential?

How did you do it?
Did you just one day wake up, work hard and suddenly you're at the top? Or are you struggling every day, not realizing it, sitting at a desk, watching these TED video's and praying for a better life.

If I may ask, what are your individual stories behind your passion and potential?
Was it starting a company in you're basement, knowing that you could do something better? Or inside a multi-billion dollar company starting in the mail room, then suddenly working on the thirtieth floor?

People's stories, especially on topics like this, really really interest me. I want to learn from them, so maybe I can realize my potential. Any thoughts?

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  • Dec 23 2012: Depends on what you mean by 'realizing your potential'.

    If you mean monetary success that is more of a lottery/random chance then much to do with hard work. I've seen plenty of talented people passed over for incompetent ones and I've seen plenty of great products fail.

    Why people succeed/or don't is not based on any kind of rationality, morality or justice. The universe just works the way it does and people being part of the universe are irrational and imperfect animals.

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