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December 11, 2010


Sonia Dabboussi

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School can be a very challenging aspect of being gifted.  Not so much in terms of marks or success usually, because gifted people often fairly efficiently produce the kind of work that their professors are looking for, but more along the lines of what to study for the long haul.…


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August 10, 2011


Sonia Dabboussi

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If university is where you see yourself going, then go there. If not, then don't. The educational system is designed to accommodate the average person in the average situation. It does address the needs of the more academically advanced as well, don't get me wrong, but the system is designed for the masses.

As a gifted person, your options are nearly limitless. Most of the people around you won't tell you to run off and travel and live your life on the edge since that won't work for them, but I truly believe that you have to follow your passion in life. We experience passions for a reason, so why not follow them? They'll lead us to what we do very best and that's what the world needs from us anyway.

If you choose not to go to school now that doesn't mean you can never go. It just means you won't go right now. Later on you may choose to study something fantastic at university and be very happy doing it. Maybe it will take some world exploration to figure out what that should be…

Every person is different. I'd say follow your heart but keep and open mind and search for the greater meaning in what you're doing. Don't give up on the world, but discover what you can best give the world, and yourself. If you have time and opportunity, why hold yourself back?

Gifted for Life – Find the freedom, skill and motivation to live, love and lead with passion and make an evolutionary impact on the world!  giftedforlife.com

August 13, 2011


Kristien Dirven

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Completely agree with you on that, Sonia !!
Follow your heart, trust your gut, keep your mind open, wherever life may take you!
Even if you haven't yet found that one passion in your life (I still haven't, but that won't stop me).

For those who doubt…
I was at the final steps of finishing my PhD in medical science when I "discovered" this was not what I wanted.
Nobody understood why I wanted to stop right there and then, why I so-called gave it all up.
But I did, I "gave up".
Cuz it was not me, not then and not now.
It was not what I wanted, where I wanted my life to go (after getting a PhD).
And I've never regretted that decision.
Not for a single second.
And I never will.
Cuz in my eyes, I never gave up… on the contrary : I followed my heart (and gut-feeling) and stayed true to myself.
I indeed didn't want to hold myself back!

(And I also know that if I ever do want to get a PhD (in whatever subject) I will do it again, but with this difference : I will enjoy doing it!)

August 15, 2011


Sonia Dabboussi

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Wow, Kristien, it's so amazing that you were strong enough in yourself to be able to make such an outwardly tough decision! So many people couldn't do it even it they wanted to. You've really raised the bar here, don't you think? :)

What you've done is exactly what we all need to do. Not necessarily drop out of a PhD program specifically, but be in tune with ourselves enough to follow our deepest passions. I believe those are the things we were put on this planet to follow. We are who we are for a reason. I'm so glad you're well on your way to discovering yours!

I'd love to hear other stories where people have stayed true to themselves. Who's next?

Gifted for Life – Find the freedom, skill and motivation to live, love and lead with passion and make an evolutionary impact on the world!  giftedforlife.com

August 23, 2011


gregtheniceguy

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Sonia Dabboussi said:

If university is where you see yourself going, then go there. If not, then don't. The educational system is designed to accommodate the average person in the average situation. It does address the needs of the more academically advanced as well, don't get me wrong, but the system is designed for the masses.

As a gifted person, your options are nearly limitless. Most of the people around you won't tell you to run off and travel and live your life on the edge since that won't work for them, but I truly believe that you have to follow your passion in life. We experience passions for a reason, so why not follow them? They'll lead us to what we do very best and that's what the world needs from us anyway.

If you choose not to go to school now that doesn't mean you can never go. It just means you won't go right now. Later on you may choose to study something fantastic at university and be very happy doing it. Maybe it will take some world exploration to figure out what that should be…

Every person is different. I'd say follow your heart but keep and open mind and search for the greater meaning in what you're doing. Don't give up on the world, but discover what you can best give the world, and yourself. If you have time and opportunity, why hold yourself back?

This litterally is the most perfect response ever! University encourage sheep like behavior in terms of academic pursuits. If you deviate from the curriculum you are a bad person and are nothing but a trouble maker. I began majoring in Computer Software Engineering my freshman year ut got bored, then shifted to Nutrition and got even more bored. By the time I knew it I was a Junior and didnt have a clue what I wanted to do. Then on one random day while in a required course our professor presented a few "complex" topics concerning Biochemistry. This hit me like a brick and was more enticing that anything I had ever seen. The problem was that I was so far behind according to the curriculum I would need to take 2 years worth of courses just to prepare myself for the rigors of majoring in Biochemistry. This fact was daunting but I was hooked, so instead of taking pre-requisites I just skipped two years worth of curriculum and took some of the hardest doctorate level courses at the university.

  The advisor was so furious with me because I had skipped so much, and she accused me of cheating. Yet I had found something so complex that kept me interested and I was doing nothing but finding my true self. In all I took 90 credits in two school years, got a BS in Biochemistry, and racked up 34 credits of graduate-level work that I could apply to any doctorate degree. I litterally went from a 2.3 GPA in Computer Science and Nutrition, to a 3.78 while taking these credits due to the sheer excitement of learning something so complex. I hadn't even finished General Chemistry, yet the more complex work was so much more understandable.

  So overall what I did was simply take a leap of faith and threw myself into the fire. I learned from this that I thrive on complexities and challenge, but this is something that Universities shy away from. Instead of challenging students with the most daunting work, they make it a slow progression from the easiest ( and boring courses) to something much more worthwhile. So I would encourage anyone who has been labled as gifted to simply find something that challenges you the greatest. In addition, I had done terrible in Algebra yet maintained a 4.0 in several credits of Quantum Physics courses. In fact, Quantum Physics was the easiest thing I had ever learned! I am relatively new here but I am so happy I have found a group that I can relate to. :-)

August 28, 2011


Kristien Dirven

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Good on ya, Greg!!!

April 6, 2012


Sonia Dabboussi

Canada

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Greg, what an amazing story!!  It really goes to show that when you find something you love and that challenges you in the way you need to be challenged, anything is possible.  You've really demonstrated that when you put your mind to something, everyone else had just better watch out!

Congratulations!

Gifted for Life – Find the freedom, skill and motivation to live, love and lead with passion and make an evolutionary impact on the world!  giftedforlife.com



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