Everyone has potential, but just because you have potential doesn’t mean that you’ll achieve it.
The problem with the idea of potential is that potential needs to be acted on.
In biology, an individual for example may have genes that have the potential for that individual to be 6 ft. tall, but because the individual was malnourished as a child, he doesn’t necessarily get there.
In the same way that you may have the potential to be a millionaire, a professional athlete, or a great writer, but because you weren’t consistent, disciplined, and stoic enough, you may not necessarily achieve that.
It’s like Cam Newton, who was the dominating favorite to win Super Bowl 50 but who lost, said,
“I think we have unbelievable potential. But a wise man once told me potential has never won a game.”