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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: No
    I feel realizing one's full potential means end of her/his HUNGER to do anything else.....how does that sound?
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      Dec 24 2012: Reaching ones potential is another name for giving up. Potential grows as we grow. The goal post moves as we grow. If you allow others to define your potential you will never achieve your potential.
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      Dec 24 2012: Salim and William,
      "existing in possibility..."

      I feel "hungry" for possibility, and I believe "potential" grows as we grow, as William says. So, if we feel that we have reached the end of our hunger, or potential, it feels like giving up possibilities to me.....what do you think about that?
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        Dec 28 2012: Colleen
        I feel HUNGER is the magic .....What William said about potential's potentiality to grow happens if one can keep that HUNGER sustained....
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          Dec 29 2012: Salim,
          I think I understand what you mean when refering to hunger as a motivator in relationship to potential. Perhaps it is our individual image, perception or interpretation of "hunger", because I cannot say that I ever felt "hungry" for potential. In fact, I've most often felt very "full" with potential, and it is that fullness that has been a foundation for growth:>)
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        Dec 31 2012: Good day Colleen
        I guess we are talking same thing but in different laguage or from different perspective....
        Feeling "very Full" which you referred I guess by saying so you wanted to mean a state of self full fimilment that's fine if that does not make one complacent. On the other hand lack of self fullment may turn one in to state of frustration....resulting into emission of negative energy so we need a balance between two...

        From my cultural backdrop I am sharing a saying in my language that says "it's healthy to keep one's stomach a bit empty, full full eating is killing"......wonder about origin of such proverb in my socio cultural backdrop ....may be despite being one hugely resourceful my country historically was poverty striken , where for a great proportion of people it was a luck to eat full stomach a meal in a day....so that proverb came as a solace.....neverthless full full stomach is really not good for health...

        Let me take POTENTIAL as metaphor of Stomach....and HUNGER is the desire to fill that. Whatever can be one's POTENTIAL if one can keep the HUNGER alive s/he can use her POTENTIAL in a much better way....That's the point I wanted to shed light on....

        Happy New Year
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          Dec 31 2012: Hi Salim,
          There is another saying that may apply here...
          Necessity is the mother of invention. When we are "hungry", perhaps there is sometimes more motivation to find food (potential)!

          My parents went through the depression, when many things were scarce. When I was growing up (after the depression) we had a huge garden, my mother canned food, and we always had a HUGE supply of canned home grown food in the cupboard. They may have been hungry at times, and by the time I came along, there was an abundance. Perhaps that is where I got my perception of always being "full"!!!

          I agree that sometimes, if we feel too "full", it can lead to complacence. Perhaps I am kind of odd in that respect....I usually feel full, and I am aware of another level of "fullness":>)

          In my perception, every moment offers opportunity and potential, so it is a never ending gift and possibility. I wholeheartedly agree Salim....it is about finding BALANCE, and whatever perception we have in our quest for that balance in ourselves is good:>)

          Wishing you a safe, loving New Year my friend:>)

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