I encourage people to not live up to their potential.
Check this out:
Tommy Lee Jones: Harvard, English James Woods: MIT, Political Science Ken Keeler (staff writer on Futurama): Harvard, Applied Mathematics
Many, many smart people in this world go to very prestigious institutions of higher learning that gear them to do a certain task. Rarely do some of them say, this isn’t all that great, take off, and go do something artistic and / or completely different.