Posted by: Nancy | January 2, 2011

Limitations or Potential?

One more lesson that I’ve picked up from observing my sister.

It also applies to my annual business review.

It’s easy to spot limitations. And the temptation is to use them as excuses.

As in:

  • She can no longer remember what day it is; she’ll never be able to know what day it is or make plans or recall what she’s done.
  • My business is entirely based on my own capabilities; I’ll never be able to compete against a larger firm.

The other perspective involves seeing potential in a situation, instead of focusing on the limitations.

As in:

  • It’s going to be a great day! It’s going to be the fun! (Her words.)
  • I can complement that other firm, and we can both support our mutual client. We’re stronger together.

There will always be limitations — personal and professional. The important thing is how you deal with them.

The image illustrates my point.

Practicing her writing skills (which have diminished), she’s still able to demonstrate a depth of emotion that’s more important than a perfect cursive stroke.

The practice is important, but recognizing the potential is inspiring and humbling.


  1. […] have written of my sister before. She has Down Syndrome, and at 51, she has had many remarkable adventures and experiences: success as an artist, competing as an athlete in Special Olympics, a 25-year […]

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