Dictionary.com defines ability: noun, plural a·bil·i·ties.
- power or capacity to do or act physically, mentally, legally, morally,financially, etc.
- competence in an activity or occupation because of one’s skill, training, or other qualification: the ability to sing well.
- abilities,talents; special skills or aptitudes: Composing music is beyond his abilities.
A word closely related to ability that really stands out to me is realization:
- the making or being made real of something imagined, planned, etc.
- the result of such a process: The new church was the realization of a ten-year dream.
- the act of realizing or the state of being realized.
I believe that when we fully use our abilities, we will realize our dreams. The two are entwined. There are exceptions of course, but anyone that has ever achieved something great, or even good in their life, has used their abilities to do so.
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” ― Norman Vincent Peale
“A wise man ought always to follow the paths beaten by great men, and to imitate those who have been supreme, so that if his ability does not equal theirs, at least it will savour of it.” ― Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince
“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.” ―Abhishek Kumar, Stardust Family – We Are One!
“The greatest disability is the inability to take advantage of your abilities.” ―Khang Kijarro Nguyen
“I believe the greatest ability to possess is the ability to find, develop, and promote abilities in other people.” ―Jeffrey Fry
“It takes an open minded individual to look beyond a disability, and see, that ability has so much more to offer, than the limitations society tries to place upon them.” ―Robert M. Hensel
“You are alive here to perfect your creative ability.”
― Steven Redhead, Unleash The Power of Your Heart andMind
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