Well, no one is like Paris. But I disagree Rory hasn't shown to be driven, ambitious and disciplined in her own right, In the revival, I also saw someone who wasn't as thin skinned as the Rory for the OS.
There was a post of a working journalist on these boards that talked a bit about her own career (she's an newspaper editor now, I think, and very satistied) and how, essentially, Rory should only blame herself for not "making it" on that field. And I feel there's a lot of truth to that.
I believe Rory could have achieved whatever set out to be if it wasn't her arrogance and pride. Someone else said it and I agree, that Rory's first (and possibly major) mistake was not accepting the spot in the Providence newspaper (?) back in S7. I'm a little older than she was back then so I have a hindsight the she lacked, but working steadily somewhere where you have room to learn how to apply your skills to the real world, acummulating that experience and gaining confidence in yourself to start taking risks is essential to growing into the person you really want to be instead of the person you think you want to be (college).
I'm not sure Rory ever allowed herself that step.
I relate so hard to the desire of travelling and having adventures but IMHO, Rory kinda put the cows before cart.