For years I focused on simple discovery, admittedly wanting a major result of my own, where I had decided as a teenager back in the 1980's that I could achieve something big. Scanning possible areas I was tempted to go into fiction writing focusing on writing a great American novel, but was concerned that evaluation was too subjective from others. After some thought I decided that in mathematics I could rely on objective evaluation. I was 18 years old.
Now 29 years later, have gone more meta. With active discovery behind me, found my curiosity still piqued by innovation but do not want to be stuck in an area. With the label meta innovator I also give myself freedom to consider innovation wherever I find an interest in it.
Am really glad for those objective assessments as a teenager though. As human beings we are so competitive and who knows if I could have written a great novel or not, but now I know for sure I could have had a fight to get it recognized if I did. We are only now coming to grips as a species with how much of what we thought we knew of so many people was faked to preserve a certain point of view, deliberately excluding vast categories based on race, ethnicity and gender among other arbitrary things not relevant to reality.
Good news is the history is still available, so can still learn of people who were not properly cheered in their times so that others could take all the credit, who can still get a belated honor as humanity learns, more.
Always amuses me when people talk about chasing your dreams whatever they may be, because I DO agree, but some are best to maybe quietly nurture, especially if to succeed you will change your entire world in some way.
Like what if they knew for you to succeed would change their lives too? Better be a good dream then, eh? Is not like you're asking for permission.
Now am focused on the meta of knowledge itself and glad for dreams that pushed the notion of impossible out of my mind. Older and wiser am glad for what I did not know then, so I tried where I might not have, if knew better, and greatly appreciate the knowledge gained along the way.
Yeah, go chase your dreams and see where they take you. Worry not about recognition, or what others may believe or not, as long as you focus on good, look to benefit others as well as yourself, and have the fortitude to face challenges that will come.
Now am focused on the science of entertainment for practical reasons. I want better.
Is so much more fun and relaxing too, than looking for something so brilliant it will in some way help make a world shine a little brighter.
Entertainment? That's just so much more about fun.