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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 26 2012: So many mistakes on my last post I had to delete it. Well I just realized my potential when I started computers and I was really interested in perpetual energy from when I was 9 years old. I always wanted to make something out of nothing and I found out that our imagination does it everyday. But I wanted more to really satisfy my need to build something so elementary but yet so overlooked in every thought pattern. I knew I needed to wise up and stop estimating potentials so instead I looked toward more critical thinkers. It seemed very possible to create a device that could change the way all people use energy so I embraced change and allowed the possibility to formulate in my mind. How could I realize my potential before having the potential to realize. I keep asking these questions as if a professor was constantly being a critic. I realized my potential as soon as I realized we all are just basically victims of circumstance. Just because there is no actual perpetual energy doesn't mean the possibility does not exist but rather it just has had no chance to formulate in to a 3 dimensional object made of elemental material. Time will pass as human intelligence will find the technology and change the entire thought process even more so then Thomas made the light bulb. Still with 7 billion mistakes made everyday around the world I believe there will be an answer we can all depend on soon.

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