Living Below Your Potential


Does anyone tell you that you’re living below your potential? It probably comes as a surprise because you’re enjoying your work and making steady progress toward your dreams.

But your well-meaning friend or family member points out to you that you have gifts and talents you’re not using, such as in music, athletics, or intellectual pursuits. To you, though, the gift is something you enjoy as a hobby but it doesn’t ignite The Fire within you. You’ve found your passion and it isn’t where your outspoken friend or family member thinks it is.

Recognize that this isn’t about you; it’s about the other person. Something within your gift is striking a chord in your friend or family member. They don’t understand that this resonance means that they actually have some variation of that gift. Perhaps it isn’t as fully realized as yours, but they still have it.

What do you do in a case like this?

You gently point out to that person that they, too, have some version of that same gift with in them. Encourage them to pursue it—become an enthusiastic cheerleader for them. They’ll need it because they probably think your gift is so awesome that it’s hard for them to believe that they, too, have a similar gift.

Your homework today is two parts. The first is to take the next step on the journey to your dreams. Enjoy the passion and excitement of moving toward them.

The second part is to use some of that passion and excitement to encourage your friend or family member to follow their dreams.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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