I wanted to bump this thread to ask some further questions about "failure."
I was just thinking last night, that some of the "smartest" most successful people I know were the ones dropped out of high-school or college at some point. (Not that I am encouraging people to do that)
I know people say that the reason people who "succeed" the most are also the ones who "fail" the most is because they try a lot of things.
But I think it goes deeper than that. I've been trying a lot of things for quite some time, but somehow, I haven't found my "passion," or "calling" or whatever. I have some ideas, but they're just that--ideas.
Imagine if Newton were a marginally "successful" farmer, would he have written The Principia?
Imagine if Darwin were good at anything at all that his father wanted, would he have documented his theory in such detail?
What if Bill Gates or Steve Jobs hadn't dropped out of college? What if the Google guys were still in their Ph.D. program instead of starting Google?
Were these people struck by their "calling" or in the grips of their "passion" before dropping whatever their socially expected "success" was to pursue it?
Or was it simply an "idea," an inkling, that this may be what they would love to do?