As a student of human potential I have come to realize that there is a subtle but important difference between one’s abilities and the will to make full and productive use of them. I believe that there is a rough equivalence amongst people, that all men are endowed with a dynamic set of abilities and a lofty potential, but I have learned through observation that they vary greatly in their desire to reach that potential and to fully employ those abilities.
Of all the influences which dampen this desire, I can think of none more significant than the fear of failure. Back of this fear is the conviction that fear is the enemy of success and that your value hinges upon the consistency of your success, but in my book your value is absolute.
In fact, I would suggest to everyone – young and old – to fan the flames of the desire to reach your potential and to pour yourself into living to the point that your rate of failure doubles. Aim slightly beyond the goal and be willing to content yourself with reaching just shy of your aiming point: at the goal itself. Press on, learn from your mistakes and let the fulness of value within you find expression in the world around you.