beyond their potential


New Member
English - UK
Is it grammatically correct to ask someone to "achieve beyond their potential"?
Surely your "potential" is already the best you can produce and it is impossible to go beyond this point.
(This phrase appears on my professional review, so I am keen to know the answer!)
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Welcome, Louders.

    I understand your confusion. Personally, I wouldn't write that sentence, but there are a lot of things used in corporate/business contexts that I wouldn't write and that doesn't stop them from being popular. It may be slightly illogical, like that cliché about giving "110 percent," but it could still be considered grammatically correct.
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