“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”
This Confucius quote has remained relevant for over two thousand years. However, within the last decade, this thought has gone from being good advice to a commandment. Given the unprecedented pace of change for both individuals and businesses, I can gauge a sense of uncertainty in people with regards to using their potential to the fullest.
From my experience with my clients and other individuals, it will be safe to say that most humans have got what it takes to make it big because human potential is beyond measure and can be honed with time and training. For instance, Olympic athletes continue to break their own records year after year through sheer dedication and hard work.
During this time of constant change, it is crucial that one finds their true potential. Based on my exposure to some of my clients, I wish to share a series of blogs that highlight my thoughts on making the most of one’s potential that resides within them.
The big challenge is becoming all that you have the possibility of becoming. We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it. Not just our strength and intelligence but it’s our continuous effort that tends to be the key to unlock our true potential. In more than a few cases, my clients have shown greater faith in my capabilities and this has only pushed me to learn to expand my potential. This helped me discover the importance of learning.
As individuals, any challenge can be daunting. Even until a decade ago, a degree or an education could last a whole career for an individual. However, with the changing times, abilities like creativity and empathy have gradually become more important while the relevance of the ability to “know” it all has diminished. Therefore, it is safe to say that the coming generation will have to take lifelong learning seriously while constantly upgrading their skills.
Individuals not only gain knowledge and learn new skills to apply in their area of expertise but also create insight and implement their newly-learned skills to other possible areas of utility. While focusing on mastering your existing knowledge is a good idea, it is far more prone to falling short in helping you navigate through the changing world.
The good thing is that people are now realizing the need to learn and adapt to new things. For example, Deloitte, a giant consulting firm focused on the hard-nosed aspects of business, have created a learning practice called the Center of the Edge, which focuses on providing insight to maximize human potential.
In the above article, I came across an interesting theory of roots and shoots. The concept highlights our practices that are out of balance and directs towards places we need to invest in. By going through cycles of learning and unlearning, an individual can discover his or her purpose as well as passion. Taking time to reconnect to our core values is critical. These practices that connect the roots provide a more strengthening foundation. Adopting practices help us take on new perspectives and envision the things that fail to deliver. As we see our learning accelerating, we become more committed and devoted to our passion.
In hindsight, whenever I have ventured out of my comfort zone and tried my hands on something new, it has only helped me learn a new skill that has benefited me in the longer run for a larger goal.
There is no limit to an individual’s potential. In order to expand the range of skills, I have realised over time that, if there is a passion to succeed one can begin with implementing these newly-acquired skills in their day-to-day lives.
Having practised this theory in my own life, professionally as well as while pursuing my passion for long distance running – it has always proven advantageous.