It's always easier to take someone who is talented and make them better. It takes a leader to inspire someone who doesn't know their true potential to help manifest it.
Would you rather hire someone who was ready, willing and able with potential or someone who is talented and lazy? Which one best describes You?
It's easy and convenient to use the economy, your employer and others as an excuse for not thriving. Thriving is like success- everyone defines it differently. Therefore, there are no excuses for not thriving since you define and create it on your own terms.
Have you faced your true potential?