You Are Stronger Than You Think

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readFeb 24, 2024

Do you know what are you capable of when the shit hits the fan?

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Jodi Picoult is an acclaimed American author known for novels that delve into complex moral and ethical dilemmas. Picoult began writing at a young age and later studied creative writing at Princeton University.

Her works explore controversial topics such as family dynamics, justice, and societal issues, weaving together multiple perspectives to create thought-provoking narratives. Picoult’s writing style is characterized by its meticulous research, emotional depth, and ability to challenge readers’ perceptions.

She has authored numerous bestsellers, including “My Sister’s Keeper,” “The Pact,” and “Small Great Things.” With over 25 novels, Jodi Picoult continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her compelling storytelling and exploration of the human condition. Her quote –

“Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it”

- summarizes an insight into human nature and the potential for unexpected strength and resilience that lies dormant within each individual until conditions dictate they must (re)surface. Let’s break down this quote’s significance.

Identity Beyond Actions

Picoult’s quote suggests our true essence is not solely defined by our actions or external accomplishments. Instead, it implies there remains something deeper within all of us, perhaps hidden, which rises in moments of unpredictability.

Unforeseen Capabilities

It also highlights that people possess an untapped potential that may only reveal itself in times of adversity or when faced with unexpected challenges.

Resilience and Adaptability

These words also underscore the human capacity to adapt and overcome hardship, demonstrating toughness even when circumstances are adverse or we feel least prepared.



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·