People have been asking me what is the meaning of the quote: “Ability will never catch up with the demand for it“?
Let’s break the line up and see what it means.
The word “ability” means the power or capacity to do something. It could be a talent, skill, expertise, competency or proficiency in a particular area.
And “demand” simply means the need, desire or requirement.
So the quote “Ability will never catch up with the demand for it“, means people will be always demanding, asking or searching for skill or capacity to do do something.
To be precise, the need or requirement for ability is always much more than ability itself.
So in other words, if you have any worthwhile capability or talent, you need not have to worry.
People will seek you out. Or you yourself can make use of your ability productively or profitably.
Interestingly, this quotation “Ability will never catch up with the demand for it” is attributed to both Confucius and Malcolm Forbes.
But I have yet to find any of them (websites and books) cite the authoritative source of this particular quote.
As usual, they all just put out the quotation and followed by a dash together with the name of the Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure, Confucius or the American entrepreneur who is also the owner-publisher of Forbes magazine, Malcolm Forbes.
Anyway, here is a great selection of verified ability quotes with citations that linked to their original sources.