What are You Made of?
“The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.” ―Terry Orlick
We have just lost a great giant in the basketball world. The whole world feels it. In as much as perhaps someone is not the biggest basketball fan, they have felt the loss of Kobe Bryant. an American professional basketball player who was a shooting guard for the NBA for a whole 20 seasons.
In his words, he wanted to be remembered this way, ‘to think of me as a person that has overachieved, that would mean a lot to me. That means I put a lot of work in and squeezed every ounce of juice out of this orange that I could.’
How much of that orange have you squeezed? What are you giving out? How much are you willing to put in in order to get the results you have always wished and dreamt of? How much is your heart, soul and mind into a new idea/project/business/work? Are you willing to go an extra mile?
Think about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was only 25 when he helped organise the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organising black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice. He always kept pushing and when he did, the world noticed and felt it to the core. He revealed what he was made off by keeping on and not stopping.
When thinking about what you are made of, you can choose to look at it in a number of ways;
- What is your purpose? – what do you feel you were called to do?
- Where do your strengths lie? How are you making sure that they get even stronger and can make a change in the world?
- The weaknesses, how are you working on them daily to transform?
- What can’t you stop thinking about each and every single day? A talent. A hobby. An opportunity. A missing gap you can feel. A right you can stand up for.
There exists a lot of ways to help in thinking about what you are made of. And you can take exercises and network with others and see what will be revealed to you. Being able to share ideas also helps with this, interacting creates a doorway that sometimes we maybe had not seen. Engaging with different and well-thinking minds helps.
Some people come up from adversity, whether a career crisis or a frightening diagnosis. I would refer to them as the phoenix bird and its rise from the ashes. These people come out not only stronger, but also more content and they seem to have found a new and refreshing kind of peace, an optimism on the outlook of life. This is what pushes them; having realised that they cannot be put down by circumstances, they go forth with a new mindset and we see them making moves.
One more thing: In the quest for finding and realising what you are made of, “how do you want to make a difference?”
Find a way to create a life that is full of purpose and possibilities.