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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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  • Jan 9 2013: Personallly Kaleb, your statement "I've reached the top of where I can without devoting my life to it (which I'm obviously unwilling to do)" tells me that you have realized your potential - at least from a career perspective. If money is not an issue - meaning you pay your bills and cater for your family and save for your future - then why would you wish to upset that equilibrium of work/life balance that you seem to have achieved? If your life does not seem to be fulfilled with the top that you have reached in your job, then you need to supplement it with something outside of your job. Your potential and your need to reach it is so much more than what you can achieve in your career. When you have something outside of your career that you can reach for and that truly adds value to your life, then it will not matter that you are at the top of your career and you will have a new direction without upsetting the great balance you already have and you will be happy to remain at the top of your current vocation.
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      Jan 9 2013: Maybe IF should rephrase my response, There is no where else in my current role thatnI would want to be promoted to. I canot see myself doing this job because I despise it, and the places it could take me.. so now I,'m attempting to go in another direction.

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