"There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become."
- Orison Swett Marsden
As it turns out, Living Your Legend is synonymous with Living Your Potential. That's why we're all here. So let's start with a question:
Are you reaching your full potential?
It's a question that haunts all of us from time to time. A question that casuses people to dream and act big, but also a question that forces people to do some of the most foolish things.
A reader recently came to me with this very problem. She didn't feel like she was using everything she had. She genuinely enjoys what she's doing and is damn good at it but feels like something is missing. Like she doesn't use her brain as much as she'd like (as she put it). She mentioned going back to medical school or nursing school - something that had been on her mind since university.
She was starting to think a few years of school was the only way to solve the problem. This got me thinking...
Potential is nothing more than a feeling.
Realize that there are a million and one ways to experience it. It's simply a feeling of adequacy and fulfillment with what you're doing. That you're using all the gifts and talents you have. Something only you can be the judge of.
Sure we often let others help us decide whether we feel fulfilled but at the end of the day it's bull sh*t. It doesn't matter if the world puts some certified genius on a pedestal for being a surgeon if the person knows deep down that they are only using half their brilliance.
Staying in your current role or traveling the typical path may keep others happy, but will it keep you happy? It's doubtful. Sooner or later that feeling will get the best of you. The later you catch it, the harder it is to correct.
The good news is you can live your potential in just about anything you do