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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 joined just because I wanted to reply to this. I have learned that trying to realise your potential is probably a false aspiration. I believe we are all capable of many things and are often...very often frustrated because we are thwarted in our personal desires. I believe I still have personal potential that i will fulfill but life keeps calling me to other things. They are my responsibilities because I love the people I spend time with, It might not be the best use of my time or energy but I won't do otherwise. Having said this I have managed to have a lot of fun. I have lifelong friendships and a healthy happy environment. I have had a fulfilling career despite wanting to do something else and I am very glad I have lived my life this way. Things go wrong, things go right. Things always change, nothing good lasts forever neither does anything bad. The very focussed will think I have been a straw blowing in the wind. So be it.
    • Dec 31 2012: I think this is a very healthy view to be honest. Full potential is not just about a career, full potential is about how you live your life, relationships and the people you touch and touch you along the way.
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      Jan 9 2013: Dear gwer, I am so glad that you joined TED, your view is extremely refreshing :-)

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