Most people underestimate their true or hidden potential and therefore go through avoidable struggles and regrets in life

Most people do not know about their true potential; thus they make little or no effort to unearth (or harness) that true (or hidden) potential; they waste their true (or hidden) potential, and consequently go through avoidable struggles and regrets in life.


Do you know your true potential? Chances are that you don’t, and that you underestimate your capabilities, and may currently be using very little of your true (or hidden) potential abilities, especially your brain power; there is 97 out of 100 chances (97 percent probability).

97 vs 3 percent population

The fact is, majority of people underestimate their capabilities and thus use very little of their true potential, especially their brain power. Indeed, if you take every 100 individuals, chances are that 97 of them will be using very little (just about 3 percent) of their true (or hidden) potential, especially their brain power. A whopping 97 percent of people underestimate their capabilities and therefore use so little of their true potential. This is the case even among ‘highly educated’ people, and also among ‘highly religious’ people; you may click here to see the reason.

Scientists estimate that most persons, during their lifetime, use their brains to achieve just about one-hundredth of 1 percent of what the brain is capable of achieving. In other words, if the brain is capable of achieving 10,000 marks what most people achieve with it is just 1 mark out of 10,000 marks; please read that again. Note that, this is not the same as saying that, “People use just 1 percent of the brain in their lifetime;” no, that is not what is being suggested! The point being made here is that, even though we essentially engage the whole of the brain for tasks, what most people use that potential to achieve in their lifetime is so little! And that there is 97 out of 100 chances that you are personally using your brain power to accomplish very little compared to your true (or hidden) potential. Again, we use all of our brain, but we don’t use all of its potential; we achieve too little with it.

One of the very powerful supercomputers in the world

It’s like having one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world (like the Jaguar, or even the Sunway TaihuLight, or the new kid on the block: IBM’s Summit) and only using it as a clock to display the time! How does that feel?

The speck from the cylinder

To illustrate further, assuming that the white cylinder shown is what the brain is capable of achieving throughout your lifetime on earth, then ordinarily, what you are likely to achieve with it is the green speck shown against the yellow cylinder; the yellow cylinder represents the comparative proportion of what you are likely to refuse to use your brain for: the books that will not be written, the businesses that will never be created, the theories that will remain unknown, the happiness, health and wealth that you may refuse to create, and so on! Because that is what mostly happens; unless you get the kind of orientation that Zing4Life! presents, and do implement the recommendations thereof, and the first step is to discover the eagle in you!

Remember that these issues apply to even religious persons, and even persons with high academic exposure. And the causes, as earlier intimated above, are unsuspecting and very surprising!

Note that this is mainly about what one ordinarily ends up using the brain to achieve; as against what the brain was created to be capable of achieving. For instance, a lot of people perform poorly in their academics just because they do not know (or otherwise do not apply) the right studying techniques. For instance, Reading is a popular learning method, but it is a lower method; so ordinarily, if you read something, you are likely to remember only 10 percent of it after 2 weeks. There are 12 methods in the series, and the higher methods of learning will allow you to understand so well, and to remember over 90 percent; even after 2 weeks; so much more effective! The examples above constitute just a tip of the iceberg! There are so many of such issues; too many to count (you may click here to see a few more). Indeed, education and schooling are not the same thing! In essence, most people operate from a position of unconscious incompetence; they do not know ‘what they don’t know’ so they are ineffective but unaware, and so they feel okay, and are thus not interested in adding on privileged or complementary knowledge; especially the soft skills. For the specific principles involved you may click here.

Indeed, when growing up, it is ideal and relevant that someone should explain life to you comprehensively enough; but this is usually not the case, and so eventually most people are not truly fulfilled in life, and also, most people do not know about their true potential, thus they make little or no effort to unearth (or harness) that true (or hidden) potential; they waste their true (or hidden) potential! Hardly do you get someone qualified enough to tell you what’s really important where and when, and show you how to organise your life to be more efficient, make great impact and enjoy true happiness. Now you know that formal education is not enough, even though that’s what we defer to most, followed by religion.

PS: This issue of underestimating one’s true or hidden potential is one of the 5 common and completely avoidable problems you are likely to face in life, out of ignorance; you may click here to see the others.

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Most people underestimate their true or hidden potential and therefore go through avoidable struggles and regrets in life

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EGYIR is passionate about helping serious people like you to escape the most dangerous — common but avoidable — problem most people (rich, poor, educated, uneducated, religious, and non-religious alike) face in life. Also, he designs and builds beautiful, cost-effective and functional buildings, and graphics. And he helps executives, marketers, and business owners to make effective presentations; what you may call winning presentations. He is an Architect, a Designer, and a Life Coach. And an Entrepreneur. Especially as a life-coach, he has been popularly adjudged the best coach for excelling in education, increasing wealth, eliminating stress, and enjoying true fulfillment in life! Egyir understands life thoroughly and shares amazingly liberating insights from a uniquely empowering perspective. He has a firm conviction that, “The greatest tragedy in life is that majority of people have accepted to be less than they were born to be and are thus accomplishing far less than their true capabilities.” To that end, he authored (wrote) Purpose Compass, the exceptional life-coaching book that reveals 4 habits that are currently making your life difficult, or otherwise may soon make your life difficult, but which your parent, teacher, or pastor would dare not talk about; how to escape them and get to live a stress-free life of purpose faster! And 13 other equally amazing books that constitute the Zing4Life! Series. Egyir is also lead promoter of the electronic, trendy and amazing Smart Business Card, the only business card you’ll ever need, for the executive in you! He is a husband, and a father of two. Positionally, he is the Lead Founder and CEO of Seers, Associate of Arthro Synergeio, Lay Preacher of The Methodist Church Ghana, Global Lead Advocate of Zing4Life! and Volunteer Mentor with iMentor Ghana. To see more about him you may click here. #WeAreSeers | To get in touch with Egyir or to follow him on social media you may click here. #EgyirGuidesDaily | To support his writing & life-coaching social ministry you may click here. #SeersFoundation | To be part of Egyir's live sessions online at 20.30 GMT on Sundays you may click here. #TimeWithSeers |

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One: Sometimes you need someone to show you the obvious, and oftentimes… the not so obvious! Credit to ZigZiglar

Two: Education and schooling are not the same thing. What goes on inside the schools is often not education. And the results may well be that it reduces productive capacity rather than to increase it. Credit to Prof Sir William Arthur Lewis

Three: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Credit to Prophet Hosea

Four: The illiterates of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn! Credit to Alvin Toffler

Five: The greatest obstacle to progress is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge. Credit to Daniel Boorstin

Six: When you know the right things, the boundaries around your life suddenly disappear. Credit to Brian Sher