To make money is easy. To make money in a way that aligns with the truth of who you are is hard.
When you’re striving to do your best work or be your best self then you’re also more susceptible to pain. The pain of not meeting expectations, of being misunderstood or discovering weaknesses. As Seth Godin said:
“The easiest way to avoid the pain is to lull it to sleep by finding a job that numbs you.”
But being susceptible to pain also means you're susceptible to possibility. The possibility of earning the endless rewards that come with shining your light instead of hiding it.
Trying to be more than I am is who I am. Not because I'm never satisfied but because it's so much fun.
I don't think that exploring your capabilities is extreme, I think it’s a natural human tendency. You can think of it as breaking your limitations or you can think of it as discovering your freedom.