John Maxwell is one of my favourite authors. Asides his teachings and principles on leadership, I also love to read his books because of how he delivers these principles through stories and quotes. From his books, I have learnt that how a message is conveyed is many times as important as the content of the message itself.
Recently, I stumbled on his blog and I was connected as usual to a pool of resources to help my thought process and make me a better leader. This week, I want to share some quotes which Dr Maxwell calls his favourite quotes on potentials. These are the thoughts of some people, both famous and unknown, on our potentials and how we use them. I was inspired reading them. I hope you are too.
An unused life is an early death. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. -Soren Kierkegaard
If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. -Soren Kierkegaard
The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort, who never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature. -Arnold Bennett
The real contest is always between what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else. -Geoffrey Gaberino
We throw all our attention on the utterly idle question whether A has done as well as B, when the only question is whether A has done as well as he could. -William Graham Sumner
On our track to success, we have to fight the tendency to look at others and see how far they’ve come. The only thing that counts is how we use the potential we possess and that we run our race to the best of our abilities. -Denis Waitley and Reni L. Witt
A man is a good deal like an automobile. You can’t tell how much gas he’s got in his tank by the sound of his horn, and you can’t tell how much horsepower he’s got under the hood by the noise of his exhaust. There’s usually the most noise where there is the least quality. -HP Thompson
What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. – Eleanor Powell
This last one is my addition and my personal favourite
One of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped. – Myles Munroe
Take some time to think about each of these thoughts. Which would you like to copy and share on your Facebook or Twitter timeline?
Do you have other quotes on potential you will like to share? Please leave a comment.