Modern Brits admit they are not living life to their full potential, letting their talents fall by the wayside, according to new research.
A nationwide study has shown we are a nation of “could have beens”, with a staggering 84 percent wishing they could change their life for the better and ultimately feel more fulfilled.
But the survey showed the extent to which many of us are not making the most of our talents, with as many as six out of ten (61 percent) admitting they have a natural talent they do absolutely nothing with.
As many as 29 percent of those surveyed believe they had a writing talent, while one in four said they could paint or draw well, but never get around to it.
There are also millions of frustrated musicians in the UK, with almost one in twenty saying they could play an instrument, but that they had stopped playing altogether.
17 percent see themselves as talented singers, while 14 percent believe they could have made it as a stand-up comedian.
Over 40 percent of people had dreamed of opening a business, while 26 percent had once had ambitions to be a novelist.
According to the survey, the biggest excuse for not making the most of our lives came down to personal belief, with nearly half (49 percent) saying a lack of confidence made them give up.
Fear of failure was also major concern for 36 percent of people.
After that it was cold hard cash posing a problem, with 26 percent of those polled saying they just couldn’t make their gifts pay the bills.
22 percent said family life had got in the way of finding their dreams, while 19 percent said they were simply too busy to use their talents.