“Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple…
but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.”

-Robert Schuller

When you first look at an apple seed, all you see is a black speck. It seems inconspicuous, unassuming, insignificant. It is not unlike an atom that you can’t even see with the naked eye – yet when you split that tiny atom, a powerful force is released. Ever heard of nuclear energy?

Just as there is power hidden inside a tiny atom, there is power inside those tiny black seeds found at the core of every apple. When you hold an apple seed in the palm of your hand, you could be holding an apple tree, an apple orchard, even multiple apple orchards. There is that much potential in that little seed.

However, there is a Dichotomy of Potential, as I wrote about in my first book Every Day is Game Day. The Dichotomy of Potential states that with the potential for success comes an equal amount of potential to disappoint.

Have you ever witnessed someone who is not living up to their potential? It’s disappointing, isn’t it?

Living up to your potential presents a conundrum. How do you know if you are living up to your full potential? Let’s look back at the apple seed. The potential of that little seed is never exhausted as long as there are new trees with new apples containing more seeds.

Your potential will never be exhausted… unless you let it lie dormant.

In The Street Sweeper I defined Irrefutable Success as “…doing the absolute best I can do with what I have in order to have a positive influence on other people’s lives, and that pays huge dividends in my life.”

Just as an apple orchard can start with one seed, you can begin to live a life of Irrefutable Success by just starting in one area. Here are four things to do to get started:

1. Determine one area in your life where you believe you can have a positive influence on other people, and write it at the top of a blank page.
2. List as many ideas as you can think of in terms of actions you can begin to take right now in that area. Quantity is more important than quality at this point.
3. Narrow that list down to the top 3-5 actions you can begin to take this week.
4. Start now! Tackle at least one of those actions today, and do something with all of the actions on your short list this week.

Just imagine the many apples that could be contained within the one little seed that you have written at the top of that page!