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What I Refuse to Believe

I refuse to believe that some people are incapable of creating value or capturing some of that value. It doesn’t matter where you are now, you can create more value and capture some of that value. It isn’t easy. But it isn’t easy for anyone.

I refuse to believe that because somebody comes from nothing that they are doomed to being nothing, that only a few can escape the circumstances of their birth. It doesn’t matter where your are. It matters only that you step onto the path and begin.

I refuse to believe that because someone is working in a menial job that they are incapable of far greater things. There is honor in work, and the lessons learned in low paid work build the capacity to work in more demanding jobs later.

I refuse to believe that because someone doesn’t have a big enough vision of themselves and what they are capable of now doesn’t mean that they won’t find a larger vision, that they won’t discover their purpose, their life’s meaning.

There’s too much evidence to the contrary. Human potential is too great. The fact that we haven’t come close to unleashing this potential doesn’t mean that isn’t there.

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  • Stephen Lahey

    You’re right, and it’s only if you accept limits that you limit your potential (not to mention the potential of the people who look to you for leadership).

    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      Refuse! Don’t accept them!

  • Johnny Bravo

    So true! There is no limit to the human potential. We are capable of overshadowing even the limits we create for ourselves.

    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      The toughest limits to break through, no doubt, Johnny!

  • bschoenbaechler

    One of the greatest wastes in corporate america is the waste of human potential. Great post! Leaders need to do a better job of tapping into the potential of their people.

    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      Agreed. Much work to do!

  • Steve West

    Hi Anthony,

    Yes that’s so true.

    One of the amazing things about all humans to a greater or lesser degree is our ability to learn. It doesn’t matter where the person came from or even their level of education, people can always learn new things and improve their abilities and knowledge.

    The expression ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is bs also. And for people who struggle with learning, you can always learn how to learn, as this is also a skill in itself, and a very valuable one!

    Thanks :)