The Potential Inside

Lukas Schwekendiek
3 min readOct 31, 2022
Photo by Sidharth Shivshankar on Unsplash

Take a look at what Humanity, as a whole, has accomplished.

Humans have grown rich, successful, have made amazing discoveries and achieved physical feats that are ridiculous to think about.

We have created art and music that make people cry, have created monuments and wonders that rival nature, and made nature bend to our will.

We have begun to explore places where no life can exist and are constantly questioning life itself.

We have accomplished a lot and will likely only accomplish more in the future.

You, being a human yourself, have that theoretical potential to do anything and everything that has ever been done, will ever be done, and that people are doing right now.

While you may not be using the potential inside of you, once you release that energy to something it can create a giant amount of energy.

The problem is that that potential is theoretically limitless and therefore it’s very hard to determine exactly what you should use it for.

The problem that most people have is that they try to find the best way to use their potential and then wait and do nothing.

They want something to fall in their lap or have a sign that tells them what they should do.

Ironically, it is the people that do not wait and that commit themselves fully to something that usually realize their potential.

The question is: Was that the thing they should have done or something they decided to do? Was it the best use of their energy or not?

Honestly, we cannot know.

While Albert Einstein was an amazing physicist, he could have been a better baseball player if he put himself to it, and we would never know.

Michael Phelps, while being a great swimmer, could have been an even better ballet dancer and Steve Jobs might have become one of the best artists in the world.

Maybe Oprah Winfrey could have chosen a career in medicine and have become more famous doing that than she is now, or maybe we would know Madame Curie for something else had she only applied herself to something else.

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Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.