Human potential is nearly limitless.
Look at Steven Hawking. He got A.L.S., but that didn’t stop him from continuing to be one of the most groundbreaking scientists of all time, making Earth-shattering discoveries about black holes and quantum gravity.
Think about the numerous rappers who pulled themselves out of abject poverty, such as Jay-Z, and 50 cent. Now, they write and recite poems for a living.
Another perfect example of the sheer power of human potential is Nelson Mandella. He was wrongfully imprisoned for openly questioning authority, for 27 years! Even that didn’t stop him from achieving his goals. When he got out, he led the fight that ended apartheid!
There are countless fundamentally inspirational people from whom we can learn how to see our dreams come to fruition. You don’t feel like looking up biographies and dissecting their methods for success? Then look for the answer in books.
Other than being phenomenally entertaining, books are profound sources of inspiration, and valuable tools. They teach you how to learn a new skill, and provide you with endless cascading waves of ambition.
One particularly amazing book is called The Art of Learning, which was written by Josh Waitzkin. He’s the chess prodigy that the movie entitled Searching for Bobby Fischer was based on. His book deconstructs his process for constant improvement in chess, and explains how he applied it to accelerated learning in martial arts. He details how his chess strategies helped him understand the foundational concepts of Tai-Chi, followed by Jiu-Jitsu. National and international Tai-Chi Push Hands champion, and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, are now on his list of accomplishments.
A book that taught me the principles of archery is called Zen in the Art of Archery. After reading that, I understood how to analyze the act of firing a bow, and how to recognize when my form needs improvement. This book stressed the importance of the right mindset more than anything else.
The Limitless pill exists! (Oh yeah, let’s not forget that the movie was inspired by a book.) It’s called Tireless Determination.
You have the tools and information you need to become so good at your passion that it seems like you are on the Limitless pill! All you have to do once you figure out what your dreams are is find the right process.
After you discover it, you just have to follow those steps over and over again, until you reach your goals. As the Taoist philosopher, Lao Tzu, said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Complete failure cannot even be a distinct possibility in your head. However, you will almost certainly have to wade through a murky, treacherous swamp of minor defeats to get to the rewarding shores of your dreams.
Take the Limitless Pill! Strap in, buckle up, and launch the precision rocket that is your unrealized potential into the stratosphere. I know it’s risky. I know that stepping out of your comfort zone is terrifying. But after you press that button, you will feel rejuvenated, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t possess the audacity to chase your dreams in the first place.