Kevin is a great tennis player. He’s been in the top squad since he joined the club, but something isn’t working for him.
He’s paired with the best players every time he plays a match, but he consistently loses at the very point when he’s losing his passion and thinking about quitting.
He’s been identified as having the potential to be a great player, but he’s still not at the top of his game.
If he wants to keep playing tennis at this club and at this level his only choice is to be among the bests.
That’s sad, because Kevin is nine years old and really loves tennis.
Why do we always need to make potential equivalent to winning? We’re forced to show that we’re committed by winning consistently and constantly, by being the best, even when it’s not the right time for us.
Realising our potential should work with us, not against us.
Potential is a promise that needs to be lived in the present, with the contradictions, aspirations, and hesitations that we all have.
A rise to the top can be sometimes a drop to the bottom. Success doesn’t mean anything if you don’t arrive there with the things that matter most to you.