If you’re here, my guess is that you want to make the most of your life and fulfill your potential.

That’s the aim of this blog and I love it when I hear inspiring stories of people who make the most of their capabilities.

I believe that everyone is a 10 out of 10 at something and has the capacity to develop their strengths to an elite, world-class level.

However, I’ve met a lot of people who live at a level that’s far below their full potential and seem strangely content to waste the opportunities that life present them with to live a remarkable life.

Too often, I’ve been that person and I know that there are times when I haven’t made the most of my capabilities.

So, here are 17 ways to squander your talent:

  1. Set low, insignificant goals,
  2. Try to be good at everything,
  3. Don’t practice, read or hone your skills,
  4. Don’t develop your character,
  5. Expect instant results,
  6. Make excuses for poor performance,
  7. Become a critic,
  8. Accept mediocrity,
  9. Don’t learn from your mistakes,
  10. Constantly compare yourself to others,
  11. Never find out what your talents really are,
  12. Get distracted easily,
  13. Resist feedback,
  14. Think that the world owes you something,
  15. Give up at the first sign of resistance,
  16. Don’t look after your health,
  17. Apply your skills to something that doesn’t matter (or that hurts others).

Hopefully, this list doesn’t apply to you, but if one or more of them do, it’s not the end of the world.  It’s never too late to get back on track and start living the life that you were designed for.

This isn’t meant to be a condemning post (especially as I’ve done most of these at some stage), but an encouraging one.  Don’t squander your talent and don’t waste your life, but be all you can be and do all you can do.

As you look through this list, is there anything that you need to change in your life?

Is there anything missing from the list?

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