Perhaps a parable will help you get my point. High on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful city of Venice, Italy, there lived an old man who was a genius. Legend had it he could answer any question anyone might ask of him. Two of the local boys figured they could fool the old man, so they caught a small bird and header for his residence. On of the boys held the little bird in his hands and asked the old man if the bird was dead or alive.
Without hesitation the old man said, “Son, if I say to you that the bird is alive, you will close your hand and crush him to death. If I say the bird is dead, you will open your hands and he will fly away. You see, son, in your hands you hold the power of life and death.” This is say to you without qualification, and so with mental reservation whatsoever.
In your hands you hold the seeds of failure or potential for greatness. Your hands are capable but they must be used – and for the right things – to reap the rewards you are capable of attaining.
Your success and happiness lies in you.
– Helen Keller