“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” – Nelson Mandela
There are few things in life sadder in life than a person fai;ing to reach their potential. Yet the world is filled with them. Every day I see people who could have been great authors, painters, business people or even athletes frittering away their lives in mediocre jobs that really don’t suite them.
It is my firm belief we all have the ability to do truly amazing things. each of us have gifts and passions that need to be shared with the world and the world is a poorer place if we don’t.
Exploring our talents and sharing our most deeply held gifts doesn’t always result in fame and fortune and it can absolutely be done within the confines existing careers. Regardless of where it occurs having goals that match your potential always results in more happiness and success.
The story of Jay.
As an example I know of a lovely lady named Jay who is a customer service representative in a facility that I managed.
Jays primary work goal was to provide an amazing customer service experience to every person who came into the facility.
Day after day, week after week and year after year Jay welcomed out customers with her amazing smile and enthusiasm. And her customers and coworkers love her for it. As a result of her commitment to service Jay recieves a ton of positive reinforcement and is a positive influence on every other person she comes in contact with.
Although she makes a good living, Jay is not rich nor is she famous outside of the lucky group of people who know her. But she is happy, fulfilled and living an amazing life.
The story of nearly everyone else.
During my long career I have operated businesses that, over the accumulation of years, have employed thousands of people and I have met hundreds of thousands ofothers. Unlike Jay virtually all of the people I met have what they describe as very average careers and lives.
The problem with average is that it is unexciting, uninspiring and boring. at best living this way results in a general lack of ambition and energy at worst it results in sadness and depression.
While Jay loves her life and her career the majority of people do not
One major lesson that I learned in all my dealings with people is that;
NONE OF US EVER EXCEED OUR POTENTIAL BUT WITH A BIT OF PLANNING AND COMMITMENT WE CAN COME PRETTY CLOSE.
Granted the best any of us can ever do is reach 100% of our potential, but the majority of fall way short of that. Studies have shown that only 8% of people even keep their news year’s resolutions, never mind explore the true limits of their capability.
The tragedy of this fact is that failure to achieve your potential is a losing proposition.
Failure to commit means you lose, failure to try your hardest means you lose and grow into your dreams means you also lose.
You lose the confidence, the self-esteem, the personal growth, the legacy and the happiness that comes with achievement. The world loses the benefits of receiving the gifts that only you can give.
How to find your passion.
Finding your life’s passion can be very simple 3 step program
Step away from the mediocrity machines.
If you haven’t found your ideal place in the world is because you haven’t dedicated enough time yet.
Some people easily fall into their ideal lives. Most of us have to look for it.
Wasting time on television and social media means less time for taking real action on the things that can lead us to finding our passion and realizing our dreams.
Most people are so afraid to fail that they don’t try.
My philosophy is that, in order to find your passion, you need to experiment. I would have never found my passion as a teacher, trainer, coach and mentor if I had never experimented.
One of my first public speaking engagements was in New Orleans before a group of 150 people. While it didn’t go perfectly it went pretty well and I never would have gotten the experience if I had never tried.
Lean into the things you enjoy or are good at.
By and large we tend to enjoy the things we are good at get good at the things we enjoy, but we never know how good we can be at something until we really try.
I strongly advise a strength based approach to life. Most of us spend way too much time worrying about our weakness than building on our strengths.
If you can find the time and bravery to experiment and then work hard on what you enjoy or are good at you will be well on your way to finding your passion as well as your ultimate success.
Be willing to experiment
Like I mentioned in the post called The truth behind Edisons 10,000 failures and what you can learn from them it is very important that we approach life with the mindset of a scientist.
Taking the perspective of a scientist means more willingness to experiment and to learn from failures and setbacks and less likelyhood of being overly afraid of failure.
Isn’t it time that you began fully exploring your capabilities and started pushing yourself to do a little bit more and reach a little bit higher?
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