The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be by Mark Sanborn is an insightful book on how to transform our best into better.


This is a book that will definitely appeal to people who are intently focused on perpetually developing into the best version of themselves.



I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have doubts about this book before reading it. I’ve read a number of books on the importance of uncovering, understanding and maximizing potential and I had a feeling this book was only going to echo what I’ve already heard from other authors. I am happy to admit that I was wrong.



Mark presents a very unique approach to how readers can address and ultimately maximize their potential. As expected, he explains why we should be interested in improving, then highlights the path to improvement and the means for doing it.


The path to improvement that Mark expounds on is what he terms The Potential Matrix. Some readers may be familiar with it, but I wasn’t. This new discovery provided me with a new approach to how I can further maximize my potential. I’m sure that I’ll be going back to it from time to time to ensure that I’m implementing it in different areas of my life.


Another new discovery for me were the means that Mark shared for achieving perpetual improvement.  Those four tools are disrupting, refocusing, engaging and expanding. By no means was it the first time I’d been presented with these concepts. However, the way in which Mark suggests implementing them were fresh to me and motivated me to want to start trying them as soon as possible.


I found this book to be very eye-opening. The concepts aren’t new, but they are presented from a very unique and intriguing perspective. That’s the primary reason why I enjoyed this book so much. However, I’m certain this book will not be for everyone. For some readers, the concepts and Mark’s approach likely won’t be something “new”. If that’s the case, the amount of value they’ll take away from this book will likely be limited.


If readers have a genuine desire to improve themselves, their lives and their performance, this book is sure to add value to their lives. If readers are new to the concept of potential and interested in learning how to maximize theirs, this book is without a doubt a must read.


If you would like to learn more, you can check the book out on Amazon.

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