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.