My friend, no one doubts what he sees, tastes or touches: There is therefore no doubt Lime is sour, and the fruit Orange is sweet; and as a result, a Child will prefer to pluck Orange from a tree than to pluck Lime, especially if he or she has tasted both before.
But if such a Child is given an Orange seed, he won’t appreciate it because he can’t directly eat or see what to do with it: thus he sees no value in it.
Likewise is your potential [your talent, skill or gift] my friend. It is a seed that no one or very few will value or appreciate, especially when it hasn’t yielded any fruit (good work).
People only value and appreciate the FRUIT OF YOUR POTENTIAL, and this is what attracts you favour before Men and before God.
Remember Proverbs 18:16 KJV says: “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”.
Your potential is your gifting that makes room for you before men: diligently put it to work as a seed sowed on fertile soil; and you will definitely reap it’s reward without fail.
And most importantly, crave to first find favour before God than before men; this is achievable if only you will bear the fruit of the spirit alongside the fruit of your potential.
Daniel is an example for you to emulate: he bore fruit of the Spirit, and God brought him into favour and tender love before Himself[God] and before men. Daniel 1:8-9 KJV.
Therefore bear the fruit of the spirit and attract favour both in Heaven and on Earth.
Proverbs 3:3-4 KJV: “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:  So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man”.
[Read Gal 5:22-23, to see the list of the fruits of the Spirit, you need to bear]. SHALOM