Starting up, Thoughts

“Potential” is fake compliment

Every time someone tell me that I have potential, I’d smile but I also know that it doesn’t really mean anything.

You know who else has potential?

All dead children.

Little John here could have cured cancer if he had a chance to grow up!

Little Jane here could be an astronaut if she had a chance to grow up!

Little Tommy here could build the next Facebook if he had a chance to grow up!

Could. Could. Could.

Dead children all have potential. And potential is all they have.

Potential doesn’t mean anything if I cannot harness it properly.


Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.


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