Being labeled as "having potential" has often been the kiss of death for many an aspiring athelete, or an aspiring youngster (of all ages) for that matter. Hugh MacLeod suggests it doesn't have to be that way.
"What is human potential? More specifically, what is YOUR unique human potential? Or mine? Generally, we are capable of great things—we put a man on the moon, we painted the Sistine Chapel, etc. Yet we forget our own potential when we consider our own small footprint in a lifetime, and it terrifies us.
"But remember…this terror is a good thing. It motivates us to step out of our comfort zones and into worlds of possibility. Then the question arises—why do anything at all? Not because we want to impress someone or become more popular, but because there’s a point to our existence. We just have to define it for ourselves.
"I think it's a good idea to always be thinking about our potential and, like in this cartoon, to always laugh at it. It inspires creativity in ourselves and in others, which is why I share what I do, so you can share inspiration in turn…"