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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 11 2013: Realising our own potential? It is in the language you accurately used. "Realising".

    Our potential is what and who we already are, complete and perfect.
    Unfortunately, we cover it up with several layers of dust and crust of egoic mind; fear mostly.

    Free yourself!!
    To realise our own potential, strip off and leave behind the habit of replaying the past. Take care of what can be and needs to be done now.

    I think it would help if we start by gradually identifying those multiple layers of values and beliefs that we consciously or otherwise hold onto. Majority of them are probably obsolete. A few of them could possibly define our rigid and/or aggressive response/ . Peeling away the crust that covers over conscious and you will discover your own potential the bright and beautiful self - just as when we were born. This marvelous self is in all of us - but most of us gradually cover it with dust and crust and became to believe that we are that dim light.

    Then work up the courage to let go of them, free ourselves from our own ego. Human beings have great potential to bring about great things - we are only limited by our own mind.

    The most powerful thing to do is to contribute to society - the global community. That's what we all have potential to achieve.

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