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RBTiger
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For the past 2 years, I've wanted to become a mathematician, but I've become overawed by the sheer number of prodigies that have made it large in the subject...Gauss, Riemann, Ramunajan etc. I'm no prodigy and I'm in my last year of school(my age is 16)...I've always had been proficient at maths, deriving quite a few geometrical formulae without help, proving L'Hopital's Rule through Lagrange's mean value theorem(I later learned the intermediate step is Cauchy's mean value theorem) etc. However my grades before my 10th year weren't reflective of that(I used to average A- but now it's improved to A+)...Lately I've been studying a lot of college mathematics like Spivak, Courant, Artin, Herstein, Strang, Hardy& Wright etc. But I'm not sure whether I'll ever make it big...Many of the leading mathematicians of the day seem to be IMO medallists, but I learned about the IMO a few months back! Although I've signed up for the IMO qualification exam, I'm worried that if I don't do well, it may mean I'm a bad mathematician...Any advice??