Everyone Has Potential, But Potential Doesn’t Matter

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.”

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30 thoughts on “Everyone Has Potential, But Potential Doesn’t Matter

    1. exactly! this is why “good” writers who are less great will have more reach and influence than “great” writers. the great writers never act on their potential, while good writers do which allows the good writer to constantly pass by the great writer

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  1. 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.

    100% agree with you on this -Totally agree with you on this

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    1. That’s an interesting point:) I think too many people are overly confident of what they think they will accomplish in the future. I say don’t be that person. It prevents you from working hard towards it. Only be confident afterwards. You should be optimistic though. There’s a difference. This is why people with unbelievable potential will get passed by people with less perceived potential, which is why you have to work like you said. Confidence from potential is an interesting idea though, I like that:)

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      1. 🙂 this understanding is always a process unfolding …you are very right, just one more thing that check if you are making yourself small while looking at that goal.

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  2. Thank you for asking me to rephrase. I want to point out that sometimes while being realistic about goals, we might not acknowledge our true potential …feel limited in resources or abilities …so we should check if we are feeling small in any way compared to the goal …what matters is the goal and each step we take with confidence towards the goal. I am sorry if I am dragging this for you 🙂

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    1. no you’re good, don’t worry:) studies show that successful people tend to have a ‘goldilocks’ approach to setting goals, they don’t set goals that are too low that won’t matter if they achieve it. and they don’t set goals too high because those are goals that tend to make people feel frustrated and disappointed when they don’t achieve them. We should have a vision for ourselves which is our full potential, with realistic goals on how to achieve our vision.

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