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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 8 2013: Yes. At 58 I've realized my full potential. It is to sacrifice my life for a pay check that keeps a roof over my head and food in the kitchen. All this so I can sleep the night and eat so that the next day I can go to work and continue sacrificing my life so others can go to Hawaii every year and drive fancy cars and have health care and retirement accounts.
    • Jan 19 2013: this sounds miserable
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      Jan 19 2013: Oh my goodness David....that doesn't sound like much fun! Have you thought about changing some of your circumstances.....OR.....changing your perception of circumstances?
      • Jan 20 2013: Good change can only be achieved by the powerful. The only change I can make will only make matters worse. Could I be happy as a street person? Maybe.
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          Jan 20 2013: David,
          Many of us are not "powerful", and we have made changes in our life. Is being a street person the only possibility you can imagine?

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