Scientists in the field of human potential have estimated that we use as little as ten percent of our abilities. Ninety percent of our capabilities lie dormant and wasted. It is sad that we use only a small part of our abilities and talents. Most of us have no idea how much talent and potential we possess. Consider the life of Abraham Lincoln. His story is one of the most dramatic examples of a man struggling to release the wealth of potential locked up inside him: He lost his job in 1832. He was elected to the legislature in 1834. He suffered the death of his sweetheart in 1834. He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836. He was defeated for speaker of the State Legislature in 1838. He was defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843. He was elected to Congress in 1846. He was rejected for the position of land officer in 1849. He was defeated for the Senate in 1854. He was defeated for the nomination for vice president of the United States in 1856. He again was defeated for the Senate in 1858. He was elected president of the United States in 1860. Everything in life was created with potential and possesses the potential principle.In every seed there is a tree…in every bird a flock…in every fish a school…in every sheep a flock… in every cow a herd…in every boy a man…in every girl a woman…in every nation a generation. Tragedy strikes when a tree dies in a seed, a man in a boy, a woman in a girl, an idea in a mind. For untold millions, visions die unseen, songs die unsung, plans die unexecuted and futures die buried in the past. The problems of our world go unanswered because potential remains buried.
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