Why leave mental ability latent?

The human body is capable of accomplishing so much more than its possessor may first believe possible. The despairing "I can't do it!" of the child is constantly heard yielding to the proud "Look at me!" as he eventually performs to perfection the very same exploit after patient practice.

The same is true for most successful athletes, dancers, pianists, artists, bakers, and golf enthusiasts. It has been through perseverance and patient practice that they have become proficient. At first they may have felt success was beyond them—that certain physical actions essential to their performance were totally impossible. But through constant effort and practice it has become easy and natural for them to perform these actions. Perseverance paid off. They just would not give up trying.

May 15, 1978

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