If happiness is fulfilling one’s potential, then hell is being a tested, proven, and certified genius that can’t help but amount to nothing. Sadly, nobody has much sympathy for tortured, underachieving geniuses—except other tortured and underachieving geniuses. Like the Beautiful Prom Queen crying in a bathroom stall during the dance about how lonely it is to be pretty, because nobody sees you as a real person: those to whom much has been given must mostly cry alone. Nonetheless, it’s the worst kind of nightmare, if suicide statistics are any measure of pain, and any person who works to mitigate human suffering of ANY kind deserves our praise and great respect.
It's not just students who fall into the "I'll do it later" trap. According to Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago and author of Still Procrastinating: The No Regret Guide to Getting It Done , around 20 percent of . adults are chronic procrastinators. These people don't just procrastinate occasionally; it's a major part of their lifestyle. They pay their bills late, don't start work on big projects until the night before the deadline, delay holiday shopping until Christmas Eve, and even file their income tax returns late.