I have always thought that one’s abilities is a good measure about the individual. That is until I came across Ms. Rowling’s quote.
It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. – J. K. Rowling
Her quote gives an insight in human dynamics that I often forgot to account for: Abilities alone will not carry the day. What one does with the talent is far more telling.
Talent can be squandered away, deceiving or both. World is full of “talented” people with missed opportunities. Meanwhile, a slow learner can overcome the handicap by working hard. Many immigrant stories demonstrate that America still the Land of Opportunities.
So whether judging ourselves or others, action is louder than words.