Everyone always comments on certain people that they have “potential” or “talent”. What factors go into determining this?
If you aren’t sure how to answer this on a broad scale, then I have a different question for you. In your line of work, what makes you think that a certain person has the potential to do well and succeed?
Usually what you’re responding to is a mixture of a basic skill or ability, plus some sign that there is a raw talent for exploiting this skill. It may also be that there is an opportunity (eg a growing industry) that will make a well-honed skill a valuable one.
So if someone demonstrates an unusual skill
And shows an aptitude for developing it
But hasn’t yet
And developing it would be valuable…
Then we say they have potential.
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