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You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are.

As I described in a post yesterday, this was one of many lessons I learned from my late grandfather Don Clifton (1924-2003) who would be celebrating his 90th birthday today.

This is why it can be so frustrating when society keeps telling you that you can be anything you want to be . . . if you just try hard enough.

While people can overcome adversity and are remarkably resilient, the most potential for growth and development lies in the areas where you have natural talent to start with. The more time you spend building on who you already are, the faster you will grow.