There is within each of us a potential for greatness.  And greatness is not measured by objective achievement alone, but needs to take its starting point into account.  An Irish proverb says: Praise the ripe field not the green corn.  And to Oliver Cromwell is attributed: “None climbs so high as he who knows not whither he is going.”  To which we would add: it doesn’t matter how far you have come or where you wish to go, you can always get there from here.


The aim of Nurturing Potential is to provide signposts, to suggest less-travelled footpaths, to open up new vistas and new territories, and to recommend different maps for familiar territories.  To this end we will be providing serious and light-hearted material, for we believe the frivolous can be as didactic as the academic.


Your bouquets and brickbats will be equally welcome.  Even more appreciated will be your contributions by way of articles, comments and suggestions.  And do not neglect the Letters’ page.

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Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still  

[Chinese proverb]


I could have had class.  I could have been a contender. 

[Budd Schulberg – On The Waterfront]


Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp/ Or what’s a heaven for? 

[Robert Browning]