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Rebecca Lynn

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What is my obligation to society and the world?

I am a person that was born in good health, to a great family, a relatively high IQ, and with financial means and connections. I have struggled my entire life with feeling that have not done my part to contribute to the solving the problems of the world. Is there a TED scholar in this community that can help me come up with a realistic goal that would allow me to feel satisfied with my contribution to the world? I would love it if someone could come up with a talk relating to this subject.

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    Sep 16 2013: Whether or not you feel satisfied with your contribution to the world is something no one else but you can work out. Frankly, it's not about how you feel, but simply living out what you decide to do instead of spending a lot of time analyzing and over-thinking the issue. If you do something and feel your efforts are wasted, you move on. That's what life is all about: work, failure, and persistence. If you expect satisfaction you're setting yourself up for the exact opposite of that. If you expect a thankless slog -- and do it anyway -- you'll have moments (even days) when you achieve some insignificant thing that matters only to you -- and you'll feel good about that. This is called real life. Billions of folks do this every day. None follows a single template. They improvise.
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      Sep 16 2013: Thank you - very, very helpful!

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