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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 30 2012: I come from a country that is still in the developing stage,I recall vividly that daily on my mind was a burning desire to be a successful actor but soon that desire changed into being a professional speaker and teacher of many languages.

    As soon as I finished my primary school my parents advised me into going to secondary school of agriculture and the majority of my friends had totally a different direction comparing to the one I had chosen(recommended by my parents),they mainly chose to go to Gymnasium and secondary school of Economics.It was difficult to separate myself from those friends that were so beloved to me.

    As time went by,I realized that I had to fought for survival because of the unstable and weak economy those burning desires and vision started to vanish and honestly I was being kind of naive into nourishing those desires in vain,but there is no opportunity to improve or develop your creativity in anything here unless it makes you prosperous or loaded with money otherwise it won't pay off.But I,myself was really interested and I loved passionately to develop those but I tried in vain.

    Currently,I am studying at the university of Agriculture,to be more exact I am aiming to be a businessman about agriculture even though I had never ever imagined to make such a choice as I was a kid.As a matter of fact,I genuinely am good at languages and by the way,I've got to admit that I've decided that as soon as I finish my first year of studying Agriculture I am going to double my studies I mean into going to study English Literature simultaneously.

    I would like to put myself to a father's shoes and give my point of view from that place,I believe to be completely right to always support your kids into what they think they're capable of,to help them out into succeeding in what they like and strive for rather than forcing them to make choices that will not make them satisfied afterwards.

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