It’s Not Too Late to Realize Your Potential


I had an experience yesterday while strolling the streets of a very affluent town that has lingered with me. Tucked away in this community that has been home to Hollywood celebrities and rock and roll stars is one of the finest private college preparatory schools in the country. With tuition at $31,315, this is an environment where great care is exercised to help students to fully realize their potential.

Standing atop a large rock in the midst of a meticulously landscaped flower garden, I felt surrounded by an energy of excited hope. It was Sunday, yet a well-equipped gym kept a trail of students coming and going. To my surprise, I felt my heart pang. I found myself wondering what my life would have been like if I had been similarly prepared.

I was raised in a working class European family with old country values. As the only daughter in the middle of two brothers, I was handed down the inspiration to get married and have children. College was neither encouraged or discouraged. I’ve since discovered that guidance for life ahead was a rare commodity among many in my generation. Get a degree and find a good job is about as deep as it got.

I don’t think times have changed too much. With a ratio of hundreds of students per career counselor in public schools today, there’s not a lot of personal attention going around to help students discover what they want to do with their lives. It astounds me that we remain a culture that places so little emphasis on preparing its individuals to live fulfilling, rich lives. All too often without that supportive guidance early on, we end up in mid-life feeling the clock ticking away the time we have left to create a legacy we can feel good about.

There is some good news to all of this:

  1. It is never too late to realize your potential.
  2. Some of us work better under pressure anyway.

8 thoughts on “It’s Not Too Late to Realize Your Potential

  1. Thanks for the encouragement. Ive been trying to get the word out through my personal development firm, inner architect, and my upcoming book. This experience that I wrote about provided for a shift for me. What has long been a passion–human potential–now feels like my cause.

    I invite anyone to share your ideas on how to spread the word that life is a gift for all of us to make the most of, not just for those who can afford the best that money can buy.


  2. It really never to late in life to “get It” , the truth is though that everyone truly does come to that same level of understanding in the end. It’s really the wise person who chooses to stop and observe , get it now and then enjoy the rest of the journey with an extra little gift.

    All the Best,


  3. Fortunately, it’s also possible to go to a much more affordable state university and also have access to scholars, books and courses filled with what one needs for the rest of their lives.

    I agree, though, that our emphasis here is skewed. Kids often lean toward a get-rich-quick plan in which, it is thought, that college is a waste of time.


  4. Good point, Malcolm.

    I’m a product of the state university system myself. Yet I was in there like a fish swimming around with no direction. The idea never really occurred to me that I should be thinking long-term about what I wanted to do with my life. I just wanted to be done with school and start making some money.

    Now I believe that experience prepared me beautifully for what I am now doing, yet if I had to do it over, I would definitely make different choices. I would follow my heart and not the path that I thought would lead to the bigger paychecks.


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