Recently, I read this article by Derek Sivers about an advice given by his music teacher, Kimo Williams. He told Derek that there's no speed limit in life and taught him a few semesters worth of materials within weeks. Derek went on and graduated from college within 2 and half years. Most systems (e.g. education) are designed so that everyone can keep up. And by that definition, meeting expectations simply means you have succeeded in being average. What if you are more motivated and driven than the average person?
The good news is, you don't have to follow the expected pace and speed. You can go as fast as you can. There are many shortcuts you can take in life and you should raise your expectations as high as possible.
Now armed with this insight, how would you live your life? Will you start do anything differently?