The meaning of Potential
Posted On: Saturday 27th July 2013
When I read this post I had to add it to my Blog because I know it is true. I meet so many people with potential, but as you will read having potential is not enough. As an engineer I know that a battery has potential (the power within the battery) but unless you take action and connect the battery to the device you want to drive, nothing will happen.
Summary: Take a minute or two and read this post carefully, by the time you get to the end you will have a much better understanding of the meaning of this word and why alone it is not enough.
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Read this carefully and then use your potential to create wealth for you and your family.
Earl Nightingale quoted William James (often called the father of American psychology) on the subject of becoming rich.
James said (according to Nightingale), "If you would be learned, you will be learned ... if you would be rich, you will be rich ... but work for whatever it is you want exclusively and don't at the same time wish for a thousand other things. We become what we make up our minds to become. It is nobody's fault that the greatmajority of the people never make up their minds to become anything at all."
Isn't that so true?
We live in an age in which we are bombarded with new ideas, new dreams and new opportunities every minute of the day. You can't exist for a moment without someone telling what you have the potential to become.
Yet few of us ever do become. We never realize that potential.
My dictionary defines potential as:
Capable of coming into being or action.
All well and good, but aren't those definitions all rather future-tense?
I have my own definition that I prefer:
Potential is what you have before you start taking the actions to get it.
That's right ... nothing.
But once you start to take those actions - boy!
Electricity in a cable is just a potential. As soon as you take an action and flick the switch, the whole room is filled with light.
So it is with your life. Fill it with the power of focused action and you'll see into the darkest corner.
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