Potential

So, my new job involves extended time in the car driving between Knoxville and the Tri-Cities, which allows for extended time for uninterrupted thinking.  Here’s my latest profundity:

 Potential is the difference between what you could have done and what you did.  Or (for us engineers / mathematicians),

Possibility  –  Performance  =  Potential

I’ve taken the decision in my life recently to minimize my potential, i.e., to measure my value more by what I actually do with my life instead of by my inherent talents and capacities.  It’s quite a challenging stance to take, especially for someone who has drawn loads of personal value from others’ opinions:  “You have so much talent, so much potential, etc.”  Here’s how it shows up in my decision management:

Just for today, I will invest in myself to become the best Byron possible.  I will not leave potential on the table.

Thanks, John Maxwell!

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