What the potential?

It’s an odd one isn’t it. You’ll be reading this most likely on your commute to work, at your desk, or whilst doing something humdrum. You’ll give it a thought, and let it pass. You’ll get on and do what you’re paid to do, and come back tomorrow to do the same. There will be meetings, there will be lunch, there will be interesting people to connect with, and it’ll all pass without a second thought. It’s life.

Was there a reason you started working in the profession you are in? I’m kind of asking the question Jerry Maguire found himself asking before he got sacked from his sports representative job. His ah ha moment lead to a life changing set of events. Most of us won’t have that though. Even now, you’re just reading thinking, “yeah, I remember that in the movie”.

I’m asking you, dear reader, what’s your reason for being at work? Is it to pay the bills? Is it to buy a new house? Is it to move country? Is it to provide for your family? Is it to have job security? All of those are very valid you know. And if you’re sure it’s one of them, then carry on and do the job you’re paid to do.

But what if your purpose is something else? What if your purpose is to help others? It’s to develop others? It’s to carve your own life? It’s to write your own destiny? It’s to right the problems in society? Are you supposed to pack up your nice well paid job and fulfil your life’s dream? (Please don’t take that as a call to action if you’re not in the position to do so)

But certainly, you’re now thinking, “well what is my purpose I wonder?” And you’ll probably stop at that question. Unless you can talk to someone. Pose that question to someone you trust? A friend? Your partner? A trusted colleague? Maybe even a coach or mentor? That conversation, well it could lead somewhere that’s for sure.

We’re all finding our way in this world. We all have pressures, insecurities, ambitions, and more that drive us to do the work we do. Some of us will be lucky enough to be able to determine that path on our terms. I want you to do that. I want you to believe you can live a fulfilled life. I want you to be the best you can be.

Or you can just think, “Hmm, that was interesting” and carry on doing what you’re paid to do.

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Sukh Pabial

I'm an occupational psychologist by profession and am passionate about all things learning and development, creating holistic learning solutions and using positive psychology in the workforce.

5 thoughts on “What the potential?”

  1. A great, timely, and timeless post. You hit on the questions so many ask and so few answer. Important questions, crucial answers. Terrifying answers. Our friends and neighbors might suggest it’s better to play small and succeed in our shrunkenness than play bigger and risk failing in our greatness. But then, they’re justifying their own choices.

    1. Appreciate you taking the time to comment, Broc. It’s asking the question which I think we can do, and have that conversation. Where it leads is always interesting.

  2. Hi Sukh. Not sure this lands well with me. I think I understand what you are saying but it feels rather loaded. Your humdrum ain’t my humdrum.

    The every day, the humdrum, the security, the “nice” well paid job, the provision of food, warmth and security for the family, those things can be highly fulfilling. That may be the path that someone has self determined.
    For anyone who has had a period of unemployment, particularly in this market, or financial worries of a scale where losing home and worrying about the cost of the most basic requirements; the humdrum oh it can be a joy.

    In my view fulfilment is an inner state that allows the path we tread to become enriched by our internalised perspective.

    Broc, I have met many for whom greatness comes from just staying and persisting. Greatness too is contained in small acts of thoughtfulness, kindness, modesty and unselfishness.


    1. Hmm, I think you’re right, it is loaded – towards asking the question! And I guess in that, as you say for some, right now, just having a job is an achievement. And actually, if that’s the case, there’s a lot to respect in that awareness. For others, I’m hoping they can ask the question, and see that there may be something else out there. Or possibly within themselves.

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