Potential is our Responsibility

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

One of the best interview responses thus far received from a student being interviewed for a new leadership position occurred in recent times. A follow up question was posed regarding the reason why the student leadership position was applied for.

The response given was very interesting and inspiring and started out with the expression of this word for word response (I kid you not!).

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” (United States Declaration of Independence).

The selection panel interviewing him went completely silent! Stunned almost! (In a good way).

He was totally clear, focused, grounded and certain as to why he had put forth his application.

I recently engaged him on this response further and this is what he wrote:

“I alluded to the contained principle that if there's something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.” This last point is particularly important for all of us. We all are with the ability to take action towards our potential (right?!). Maybe, just maybe we don’t have to wait for something to be ‘wrong’.

So perhaps a principle of potential for us to consider further is this...

We all possess the ability to express our possibilities and potential and therefore…

We, each of us, have a responsibility to move towards defining, discovering and developing our potential (so we can be in a greater space to encourage others also to do the same).

Side note – The student leader interviewed not only got the leadership position but within a few months and because of his dedication and performance (both inside and outside of the ‘classroom’) received an award which funded an entire year of his studies and accommodation.

He took total ownership of his possibilities and potential.

We all possess abilities and possibilities.

Define, Discover, Develop.

With Arete,


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