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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 27 2012: You might be interested in a book by Eric Berne called Games People Play. By using a value laden word like 'game' there is the implication that each individual has ultimate control over outcomes and that is not the case. As other posters have said here, focus on what you want. Berne's book is about how hidden factors such as belief structures manifest in our behaviours and can trip us up. Like you I love to hear other people's life stories. In recent weeks I have met some amazing people on the bus, all survivors like you. So what might help you, perhaps imagining you are writing a book for your grandchildren ?
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      Dec 27 2012: I'll confess after reading your post, I just bought the book on amazon. I like how you say grandchildren, not children of nieces and nephews.. it makes it more.. permanent. I won't promise that I can write every day, but I will try for 30 days and see how things change.
      If I may ask, do you know why you enjoy peoples stories so much? I've tried to figure out why I do, and the only reason I can come up with is my separation from the majority of my family by geographical distance. The distance made it difficult to hear their stories, so now I crave to hear everyone's. That and I love to learn from them. Crazy?
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        Dec 28 2012: Not at all Kaleb. Have similar life experience to you, Like you referenced it is all about personal growth. When I was about your age I wrote down a quote ' A man who keeps a diary pays due toll to many tedious days but life becomes eventful - then his busy hand forgets the pen. Most books (he meant diaries I hope) indeed, are records less of fulness than of emptiness' William Allingham 1824-1889. You are so right there is so much to learn from other people's life experiences. It gives you tools and resources when you do meet the wierd things life chucks at you. I think writing for 30 days like you are contemplating is now called blogging. (have my own fascination with words and meanings). Very best of luck to you in this experiment (in psychology it is called an experiential journey). Remember to take some time to digest (reflect) on the whole experience.

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