“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
—Benjamin Franklin, American Statesman & Founding Father
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Benjamin Franklin lived an extraordinary life well into his 80’s. He considered each day precious in his personal growth efforts, and in his desire to contribute to the world.
Even so, he may have had regret, given today’s quote, that he did not realize even more of his potential.
How can you squeeze the most out of each day with a youthful spirit and the wisdom to pay your lessons and contributions forward?
“There’s no such thing as overachievers; there are only under estimators.”
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What is your potential for achievement? Perhaps the better question is, “What is your perception of your potential?”
People never simply luck out and exceed their expectations. They have to work at it.
Too many people, on the other hand, have a more limited or modest view of what they can achieve. Even if they hit their mark, they are often shooting at a less than optimal target.
Where in either your personal or professional life is it appropriate, even necessary, to stretch and overestimate your capabilities to achieve your most highly desired objectives?
– Robert J. Kriegel and Louis Patler, business authors
Recently, I saw the new Star Trek movie, directed by J.J. Abrams. As an original fan of the series, I love the idea of boldly going where no man has gone before.
A key characteristic of Captain James T. Kirk is that he constantly challenges his limits, when those around him seem to insist on them. This quality is perhaps why we find his character so appealing. We, too, wish to have more excitement and adventure, to spice things up.
Where are you currently limiting yourself in your thinking and actions? If some of these limits were removed, where could you boldly go today and in the future?
“…would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.”
– Orison Swett Marden
What are we capable of? What is our fullest potential as human beings? Perhaps we can consider the Guinness Book of World Records – or the Olympics – as a starting point.
We might think about great feats in areas such as:
- Speed at running, or swimming (Ye Shiwen and Cameron van der Burgh both set new world records for swimming in the 2012 Olympics)
- Endurance and strength (Kim Un-Guk set a weightlifting world record)
- Throwing, climbing, jumping, shooting… (a team from the Republic of Korea set an archery world record)
- Writing and speaking
- Mathematics and sciences
- Mastery in the arts, music, or other creative disciplines
- Memory (such as in a spelling bee)
With the above capacities already realized by human beings, what would a “world-record you” be capable of?
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