Wondering this from very longgggggg time. I should have studied well and achieved more. I am not brilliant but atleast at 45 now I am very hard working. I could have worked hard in school and got top ranks, I am capable but never had the vision where a top rank can get me in life. In early 90's from a small town in South India, non internet and very few land phones era, not much awareness some how I missed to aim for top ranks. Now surrounded by many high achievers Cardiologist, Oncologist etc, looking at the singers, actors, any one who have achieved something really high on their own respect, self inspecting myself why and how I missed it. I have a doctorate degree in science, not many jobs in this country unless you are on very top of this field. Then realized the importance of education and hard work, learnt new technologies in IT, earning in 6 figures, have 3 properties worth 15C (still half of the mortgage remaining). But strongly feel I should have aimed to achieve high in School. Not able to realize why? Anyone like me? were you able to introspect why? Was it a passion that lacked in school? or is it just not having the vision where a good education and hard work can get you in life? Any one consider yourself high achiever here? in top 20% in your field? what motivated you?