There is no limit to human potential, but I believe it needs to be a certain “kind.” For instance, I now qualify for roles paying nearly a quarter million. However, I don’t plan on leaving my company, as I have pledged lifelong loyalty to my employer and his family. I plan to learn as much as possible with his company through gaining certifications and continuous learning. I aim to build up our company through these rapid gains in knowledge.
As I’ve previously gone through dependency on the public system, where I was a patient in a hospital program for full days for three years, there are lessons I’ve learned. For one, if we have a disability or shortcoming such as a mental illness, ADHD, extreme anxiety, autoimmune disease, or paralysis, know that we’re infinitely more capable than we realize. We are even on par with global leaders, even the billionaires. I know this sounds biased, maybe even unbelievable, but it’s true. It doesn’t matter if we’re labeled as a “vegetable,” as our potential can flourish if we tap into our inner angel. Our inner angel is the one with infinite potential.
The homeless fellow with the shopping cart who opened the door for me with a smile is significantly more spiritual than the billionaire with a God complex annihilating his opponents. However, we must have love for both. The homeless fellow may not have wealth, but the potential for profound wisdom to share that shines for all eternity.
Furthermore, I see top leaders who are just as vulnerable as we are, just as susceptible to the rules of karma, and I know we all have at least as much potential. For instance, many political leaders strike me as unqualified for their roles. We could effectively run a nation if we wanted, especially if we achieved an economics undergraduate degree and remained committed to a heart filled with love for all.
The older I get, the more I realize that I have more economic sense than many prominent leaders, but I always felt inferior to most everyone, given my dependency on the system. When a system has patients and staff, it has superiors where a dominant and subordinate relationship occurs, further carving out dependency. But I loved all the people in the dominant positions, and their care, indeed, was better than none.
But now I’m in a position where I am qualified for careers that pay nearly a quarter million a year. And that could be the person in a wheelchair who was treated like a child by the system. That could be the person with autism who has infinite potential, but no one acknowledges it. That could be the person with developmental disabilities who could potentially gain a Ph.D.
It’s all of us.
Here is what I believe it takes to realize our fullest potential, although I’m still learning: Read, build, create, get fit, eat healthy, study as much as possible, continuously acquire skills, do everything in the service of others, and tap into our highest values. I believe it’s not the wealth that marks success; it’s what we offer in terms of love and service. But, first, believe in our unlimited potential. It’s the hardest yet simplest thing to do—once we “get” it.