So 25 years ago I was at the Johns Hopkins Center For the Advancement of Academically Talented Youth, or CTY as it is referred to.  We called it “Nerd Camp”.

It was an interesting experience because for the first time I was surrounded by people of very high academic level with a desire to learn and improve.  Everyone was “wicked smaht”, and the curriculae (and even environment) were set up to push you to higher levels.  And not just academically.

To this day these are some of my best friends.  I just got a call last week from someone in Central America whom I hadn’t heard or seen from in over a decade, telling me about his cool new tech company.  Another guy is a major writer and actor in the Orient.  Others are Doctors or attorneys or military leaders.  They are doing great things because their potential was harnessed and unleashed.

So what are you doing to harness your potential?  Do you watch TED talks to grow and stretch your mind?  Did you know that MIT has their entire course catalog online for free, including the lectures?  Do you try to learn something new every day, like from dictionary.com’s word of the day?

I have a friend that reminded me of the mathematics of the situation.  If you can get 1% better every day, you will be twice as good in a 2 month time as you are now.  That 1% might be a very difficult thing to quantify, and we will reach the point of diminshing returns eventually, but there are so many different components of our lives that we can make small efforts to improve that there is plenty of room for growth for all of us.