A seed is just a seed but with the right conditions what comes out of a seed can be mind-boggling if you don't believe me just take a look at the picture above and imagine it was once just a seed.
I remember the time when we were still young at about 5 years old. Our parents, teachers even other older people we were not related to would ask us a very interesting question.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
At the time as children, we had a big imagination, I wanted to be a pilot when I grew up it was my dream. My younger brother Jacob wanted to be a drummer. I don't remember what everyone else answered but the reaction we got from the older people was interesting.
In my society, the way people think maybe different from yours. If you are living in abject poverty, having one meal a day and seeing young children die due to lack of enough body nutrients you tend to think your right to dream big is supernaturally taken away just because of the current circumstances you are in and so they told us.
"Be realistic and stop dreaming, you should be a teacher like Mr. Y or Mr. X. No Atwine you can't be a pilot why? I have made money raring goats and opened this cafe here why are you going to look for money in the sky is what the man told me to be real and practical." I remember it so vividly.
These people were telling me in one way or another that I had wrong thinking, I needed to let go of my wishfulness and sober up before the world sobered me quickly. They were, in fact, telling me I did not have the potential to do these things.
What is the definition of potential?
Potential: showing or having the ability to be something useful in the future is the way the dictionary defines potential.
This is my definition: potential is your in born ability to do whatever you set your mind to, to the extent which you want it to. For example, if you want to be a lawyer you have the raw material as a human to be a lawyer, you can be the best lawyer if you want or you can be an average lawyer if you wish so. There are no limitations to what you can do.
Yes I said it, there is no limitation on where you can go or what you can be but there are limitations to this potential. I want to give you some of the common causes of limited achievement in people's lives.
Why are we not hitting our potential?:
Fear: yes this is one of the limiting factors in hitting our potential. We are afraid of stepping out and daring to follow our dreams. If your dream is not scary, then you are not dreaming big. I know for a fact that if you want to reach the top you have to be a risk taker and not knowing exactly what will happen scares people. I think we have to learn that we can't know everything and be cool with it and also not let that stop us from moving forward.
- Bad influence: you know that man I told you about? the one who told me the goat story? That was a bad influence. I studied with one friend who I inspired by my constant chatter about being a pilot. That friend is now a pilot and I really hail him for following his dream. Stay away from people that tell you that you can't do it or its impossible get with people who are doing it and are doing it very well.
- Focussing on your circumstances: maybe you are in a job where you can't breathe and have a lot of debt. Maybe your debtors are calling you day and night looking for their money and you have no idea where to run to. Maybe you don't know what to do, you have no ideas yet. Maybe you are poor and have no penny to your name. Let me clear all these things do not dictate on what your potential is. Your potential is inborn if you want your dream that bad it will happen despite whatever chaos is surrounding you.
- Ignorance: when I talk of ignorance, in general, I am not talking about a place where you lack sources of information but a place where you are just lazy, you won't pick a book and read, you won't even google and find out in this age where information is growing exponentially there is no reason for you not to be updated in the current trends of things that interest you. Pick a book read an article and get your eyes open.
- Comfort zone: yeah and there is that group which feels like they should not disturb what they have now, they are comfortable even when there is more they feel its too risky to let this go and push forward to achieving something greater. It is until they come to a realization that they can do more than they will break out of this zone and move forward in their paths.
The best thing someone can tell you in regards to your potential dream is this. Go for it take the first step towards it, your story may be different from mine but with persistence and hard work you have all, it takes to make it.
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