There is an unspoken phenomenon that occurs within the fertile minds of young adults – typically around the time during which they attend University. I myself have been a part of this and will be the first to admit it. The phenomenon of which I speak is the one of looking to the people whom we define as “successful” and feeling instantly inferior, incomplete, and thinking to ourselves, “I’ll get there one day”. While their accomplishments are incredibly impressive, inspiring, educational, and beneficial for us to hear, we have the tendency to become comfortable simply admiring their stories, rather than actively applying their ambition and perseverance to create our own.
I recently had a conversation with several people about the topic of “potential.” The inherent and dormant notion that we are capable of something but have not yet achieved it. As Alexios Prekas put it, “Converting Potential Energy to Kinetic Energy, requires ‘work’. If you haven’t done the ‘work’ we call it “potential.” I was fascinated by his connection to the sciences in this conversation, as it relates a very technical process to something quite intellectual and applicable to the way in which we live our lives.
I will be the first one to say that there are definitely people who have inspired me. There are absolutely people whom I read about and crave to hear speak about issues that pertain to our lives. What I’ve realized recently, however, is that it is very easy to let other people inspire you. What’s difficult is to find within yourself inspiration and power to actually become the person that these people inspire us to be.
So I call on my generation to take the inspiration we hear and apply it. I call on my generation to find within ourselves the power to become active leaders and not simply observers. We have the tools, we have the ideas, and we have the passion to become the people we want to become. But, potential is only potential until it manifests itself into true action.
Believe in the power of your dreams and passions. If you give up, there’s no way you can fulfill your potential.