A conspiracy against our own growth

Everyone has potential crying out to be engaged. It’s what
it means to be alive. 

Rollo’sbookon man’s search for himself states it best:

Every organism has only one central
need in life, which is to fulfill its own potentialities. However, the task is
never automatic. A person’s development must be to some extent chosen
and affirmed by himself. 

And so, if we are to overcome the limited view of our
own potential, we must unearth the things that have been deeply buried and
obscured through a lifetime of misinformation. We must dig down beneath the
false story we’ve been telling ourselves. 

I have a performer friend who’s been
fighting this battle for years. He wouldloveto move into the fullness of his talent. He wouldloveto stretch beyond what he’s done before. And he wouldloveto double his fees and drop the
bottom twenty percent of his annoying low paying clients and travel less and
relax more. 

But for whatever reason, he won’t allow for that kind of growth. 

Maybe because the idea of owning his full potential is too overwhelming. Maybe
because the change in circumstances that growth would require is to scary. Or
maybe the pain of staying where he isn’t yet greater than the cost to change. 

All I know is, year after year, he keeps accepting gigs and projects that are easy.
They only challenge him in ways that makes him look like the smartest person in
the room. 

Even he admits it. There’s no need for him to be that good. There’s
nothing stretching his game. 

These are the stories my friend
tells himself. This is the misinformation that creates an inability for him to
realize his potential. And it breaks my heart. Because I can tell that it’s a
deep source of dissatisfaction for him.

The question is, how do we help
somebody move their personality closer to the blueprint of its highest

I don’t know. That might not be an answerable question. We can’t
force somebody to situate themselves in the soil that best suits their growth.
Sometimes all we can do is love them. 


How did you overcome the limited view of your own potential?
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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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