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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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    Gavin J

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    Jan 6 2013: Your potential "today" will be reached, but your "overall/life" potential will never be reached because it is always changing. As you find yourself closer to your aspirations , you will (hopefully) continue to push yourself harder and further to goals within the passion you speak of.

    For a personal example:
    My extrinsic goal for 2013 is to make DIII Nationals for cross country. If I accomplish this, I will continue pushing my body and mind to its limits and form to goals - being All-American, setting a new personal record or winning nationals. The list would continue to grow and change as I accomplished more and more.

    In response to your question: "Did you just one day wake up, work hard and suddenly you're at the top?"
    I do not believe I will ever say to myself, "Hey, I'm nice and cozy here up at the top so I'm all done with this passion of mine!"

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