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How to achieve your potential when you don't know what you want to achieve?

No matter what motivation or support is thrown at me I seem to be stuck in a rut in life. I was predicted top grades and I have an unquenchable thirst for learning, yet I have never lived up to this potential and now at 21 I feel myself losing direction compared to my peers around me.

I'm interested in how and when you found your direction in life, as well as an example of an experience (or multiple if you wish) that you've had, which helped to uncover or discover this direction.

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    Jun 17 2011: I suppose not having too many options allows one to focus fully on a single avenue of interest.

    Are you concerned that you will become a "jack of all trades but master of none"? bear in mind that that's also the definition of a trainee polymath. I guess the archetypal Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci, must have been "a bit good" at everything he tried before he became brilliant at everything he did.

    A related talk about limiting your options for a happier life, could be: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice.html
    • Jun 17 2011: Hi there,
      I guess that is one of my fears and I can only aspire to be as great as Leonardo !! I watched that Barry Schwartz talk the other day and it really did strike a chord with my own views on choice and how it can be horribly difficult to choose between the many paths that lie ahead in life for everyone.

      Thanks for posting!

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