Potential doesn’t get you anywhere

I hear a lot about potential- A person has great potential; The potential for the business is incredible; That relationship has a lot of potential; His life is so full of potential

The problem with potential is that it is unrealized attainment. No one has gotten anywhere on potential. What has gotten people places is the unrelenting implementation of potential. Those who succeed are those who do something about it.

Potential keeps our boat in the dock. How do you steer a ship? Not by its rudderl. You steer a ship by getting it moving and keeping it moving. Get out of the dock and into the wide open sea of life.


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2 comments on “Potential doesn’t get you anywhere
  1. Kim Browne54 says:

    The proclamation that I have ” not lived up to my potential” has been an ongoing source of shame for me all my life. A great hurdle for me to overcome is the silencing of that judgement.

  2. Kim, so sorry for the delay in my response. People tend to assess people by their potential. As you said, we need to silence that judgement with action.

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