by Tom Swift

If you try to be something you’re not or strive for something completely beyond your present capacities, you end up as a pathetic dabbler, trying first to be a wise person, then a bureaucrat, then a politician, then a civic leader. These roles are not consistent. You can’t be flying off in countless directions, however appealing they are, and at the same time live an integrated, fruitful life.

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)