What a fantastic word, potential. And what a fantastic concept it is. Potential is not seeing things as they are, but as what they could be. Potential is seeing a beautiful sculpture in a simple block of granite. Potential is the spark that ignite the imagination. Potential is turning the invisible into the visible.
A perfect example of that happened on March 25, 1975. Sylvester Stallone watched the Muhammad Ali versus Chuck Wepner fight. It was not much of a fight. Wepner, a liquor salesman from Bayonne, New Jersey, never stood a chance. However, where most people saw the event as a poor spectacle, Stallone saw potential. He saw the plot for a movie.
For the next three days and nights Stallone, using a simple Bic pen, wrote Rocky I. The rest is history. The movie was a huge hit and Stallone is now an icon.
Potential is all around us. We see it every day yet we don't recognize it as such. We are too hypnotized by our own little personal drama to see that opportunity is knocking at the door. We see it and we say, "Go away. I'm looking for a way out of my present pitiful situation. Don't bother me."
Over one hundred publishers were offered the manuscript of Robert Pirsig's book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and turned it away. Finally one saw its potential and made millions and history with it.
We look but we don't see. We are in too much of a hurry to go on to other things. Our minds are too preoccupied with trivial matters. We see potential and reject it because no one else has used it before.
We are fortunate to live in a sea of abundance yet we let our friends and the media tell us that times are hard. That every good opportunities have already been exploited. That we should follow the beaten path and do what everyone else is doing. What a waste.
The potential for untold new and exciting projects are all around us. They lie there just waiting to be discovered. And, all that we need to discover them is an open mind, a little imagination and the courage to explore the possibilities.
The potentials for a new life are all around us, waiting to be discovered and exploited. Let's not go hungry while sitting at the banquet's table. Carpe diem. Seize the day. Diamonds in the rough are all around us, just waiting to be polished and turned into beautiful and everlasting gems.
Dr. Raymond Comeau aka Shamou is the Author of ShamouBlog and Owner Administrator of Personal Development for Personal Success Forums.