How to Find your Potential

As adults we forget to dream outside of the lines

Be honest, how many times a day do you use the word Potential? Do you know what it means and how can you find it, if you don’t know what you’re looking for?

Potential: capable of being or becoming. (Something to note in this post is that almost all of the definitions had to do with a danger threat.) How can someone find what they are capable of being or becoming, if they don’t know?

This all sparked from a class two days ago, my sociology professor was lecturing about how students these days just throw away their potential. How can you throw away a capability of becoming? you can’t. It’s more of an apathy towards school because for years teachers have let us slip but by doing the least amount of work possible, so now when we are expected to try just a little bit harder most students run scared. Not this girl though. I run toward to it, practically charging. This is where professor see a potential into molding me as their perfect student. That I am not. I’m not capable of becoming a hand raising over sharing brown noser. It’s not in my DNA.

I see my potential as an open door, I’m capable of becoming anything I want to be. So when someone says to be “You’re throwing your potential away” I don’t think they understand what it really means. It’s not possible to throw the capability of becoming something away, you just aren’t becoming what that person wants you to be. Which is fine. Trust me.

I’ve always been told I’ve had the potential to do whatever I want. Mainly by myself, but some teachers, parents and others have said it also. But I’ve also been told that I have no potential. Imagine being told you aren’t capability of becoming anything? Now imagine how many times teachers say this to students in high school, in college, even JR high (during one of the toughest periods of an adolescents life.) These people who are responsible for giving knowledge to boys and girls across the world have loss touch with the meaning of the word.

Everyone is capable of being or becoming anything they want. The trick to “finding your potential” is believing you can. If you think you can do anything, then you can. Except stop a speeding bullet, I’ve tried before and I think it’s a superman only type of deal. When you stop believing in yourself that’s when you start losing your potential, you lose touch with what you really want. But good news, it’s never really lost and you can’t throw it away. It’s like the annoying voice in the back of your head that is saying you’re beautiful when all you can think is I’m ugly. Sometimes you just give it laryngitis…but it always comes back.

I’ve recently been told by about 5 different people, who I hold in high regards, that I am throwing away any and all of my potential by becoming a writer. I was also told by a few of these people who I would never make it as a blogger. Shortly after that talk I was hired to intern at College Candy and promoted to editor-in-chief of the Campus Center’s blog. It sucks to be told you’re “throwing away any and all of your potential” because it makes you want to give up. Sometimes you just need to ignore the people you care most about because they are too blind to see what really makes you happy. Writing makes me happy. All forms of it. And if I can find a way to entertain people through my ramblings you sure as hell can bet I’m going to find a way to do it.

Because that’s who I am. I am a blogger. My potential for myself is a giant door that I can run through any time, in fact it’s loads of doors. There is one leading toward writing for a magazine, one leading toward a job in cooperate america, another one leading to paris. The possibilities are endless for me, because I say so. The only one who is stopping you from finding your potential…is yourself.

So wake up. Stop listening to the negativity that is surrounding you. Discover who you are, what you love and how you are going to achieve your dreams. And right then, that spark, that little voice I was telling you about..It’s going to get about ten times louder. And sure enough, it will be telling you that you are capable of being or becoming whatever you want. Just make sure to keep the volume all the way up.

One thought on “How to Find your Potential

  1. I’m glad to hear that you take the challenge to work hard in your classes and not get by on just the minimum. It will pay off one day.

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