Failure, the big deterrent
I had a dream most of my life to live in a school and be a perpetual student.
I knew it was weird, but I also knew that the best time I have ever had was studying hard in school: being at home was really horrible for me.
In 1987 I did The Forum, (Now it is called The Landmark Forum) and there was an exercise in it. The question was: Who are you that you are? Weird question, right? I thought so too, but yet, I somehow knew the answer immediately. Weirdly worded questions do that to you, whether you know it or not.
My answer to that question was: “Who I am is that I can’t make a commitment to anything. I’d rather continue studying than go out and choose one direction to go to and risk hating it.”
I was so proud of my answer that I bravely stuck my hand up… and I was called on.
When I finished what I wanted to say, the Forum Leader said: “Oh, I see, you are a failure!”