Saturday Oct 20, 2007

Potential is useless

at-least thats a view I tend to subscribe to ! Ok, i need to add a little bit more to that statement, Potential is useless ... if its not harnessed and remains hidden. Not convinced ? Take a look at a large piece of rock which is trampled upon by countless feet ... would the same people mindlessly trample upon a piece of exquisite sculpture or art ? If no, then why is the rock being trampled upon ? Does'nt the rock have the potential to be that piece of art ? What use is this potential if its not harnessed and is hidden ? Look at the folks around you (lets keep it simple and look at the workplace!) and see how many folks have potential ... i'd say everyone has potential ... the potential to make a difference, to be the best they can and are meant to be, but is everyone fully engaged in bringing out their hidden potential ... do some folks seem alive and working with purpose whereas some others seem to be there to “make a living” and are merely engaged in the motions – simply doing what is assigned and waiting on someone to assign something ... this brings us to an important attribute which is aptly stated in this quote ... “Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark” ... the possibilities are endless but until you draw out the possibilities they remain useless, period.

Passion at work makes you come alive. You discover a greater sense of fulfilment and contribution when you are passionate about what you are doing.

While its easy to say that we need to be more passionate about what we do ... how easy is it to put into practice ? Do we really chose what we want to do based on our realizations of our passion and potential or do we chose career paths based on attributes such as the perceived perks, monetary rewards, etc. which may or not be aligned with what we may truly be passionate about. Without passion, its hard to get into a state of flow that translates into levels of productivity that leave no room for fatigue or boredom even when working long hours .... its easy to feel tired and pressured when the passion's low. When you are working with passion, irrespective of how long and hard you work, the drive to work is coming from within and not due to the pressures from outside. External pressures may be present, yet none of it tends to wear you down or cause fatigue.

I'll sign off this short post with a quote by Howard Thurman - “Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

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