Fulfilling your potential

‘The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.’  Arthur C Clarke

I’ve been thinking about the parable Jesus told his disciples about the master who embarked on a long journey, and left 5 coins to one of his servants, 3 to the second servant, and 1 to the third servant. The first two servants invested the coins and doubled the money, while the third servant buried his one coin in the ground. Upon his return, the master was pleased with the progress made by the first two servants. However, he was outraged to find that the third servant had not made more of what had been given to him. The master rewarded his first two servants and punished the third.

Until now, this parable has always been for me about not hiding one’s potential, but instead revealing it to the world and making the most of it.

More recently, influenced by my experience of starting in business, I came to think of the first two servants as entrepreneurs; as people who chose to take risks with the resources they had at their disposal and work hard to maximise the return. The third servant, on the other hand, sounds like one of those people who chose the safe option by going with a meaningless 9 to 5 job, burying their dreams of independence and fulfilment deep inside the ground.

In am now starting to realise just how optimistic this parable is. Out of three servants, two chose the entrepreneurial route. I think there are far more of the third servant in the world today, and that needs to change if we want to evolve as human beings.

Don’t give up on your dreams. Fulfil your potential, and reveal to the world the gifts you have been bestowed with.

The time is now.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at www.alexaispas.com