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    I wouldnt consider myself 'dumb' in the academical sense. I am at sixth form right now, and doing all maths and science a levels, and looks like (hopefully) ill come out with straight As in the exams. Needless ti say, physics fascinates me.
    But i am not a genius by any means. I am not some sort of prodigy. Could someone as average as me ever have a successful career and contribute something worthwhile to the field??? Look at Michio kaku for instance. This guy BUILT HIS OWN PARTICLE ACCELERATOR from scratch, at the age of 17 (my current age). How could i ever measure up to anything as remotely great as that?
    I feel like if i get into a good university for physics, i will be a very mediocre or even bad student.
    Could anyone of average intelligence ever contribute anything significant to the field of physics?
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    I wouldnt consider myself 'dumb' in the academical sense. I am at sixth form right now, and doing all maths and science a levels, and looks like (hopefully) ill come out with straight As in the exams. Needless ti say, physics fascinates me.
    But i am not a genius by any means. I am not some sort of prodigy. Could someone as average as me ever have a successful career and contribute something worthwhile to the field??? Look at Michio kaku for instance. This guy BUILT HIS OWN PARTICLE ACCELERATOR from scratch, at the age of 17 (my current age). How could i ever measure up to anything as remotely great as that?
    I feel like if i get into a good university for physics, i will be a very mediocre or even bad student.
    Could anyone of average intelligence ever contribute anything significant to the field of physics?
    In all careers and virtually everything one does in life, only a few people will ever attain greatness or fame and fortune.

    Corporations which each employ tens of thousands have few directors and highly paid staff. Most companies never produce anything that gets recognised as a world leading brand. For every successful musician or writer, there are tens of thousands who will never be known.

    i.e. for every successful person, there are tens of thousands who never reach the lofty status of fame or fortune.

    So it is with physics and science. For every great household name physicist, there are tens of thousands who will never achieve that level of status but are content and fulfilled in their careers all the same.

    Ambition is no bad thing, but if you enter physics as a career, then do it for the love of it and anything else achieved is a bonus.
 
 
 
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