A good friend of mine once passed on advice he received from his father about career development and life in general. His father told him:
“Always keep yourself a little
This wise advice has it origins in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs motivational Theory. At the bottom of the pyramid are our basic needs for food and shelter which are categorized as Deficiency Needs. Deficiency Needs arise due to deprivation and are said to motivate people when they are unmet. Note that achieving ones full potential is at the top of the pyramid as the ultimate goal.
This advice was not meant to be taken literally. What it is advising us to do, is to maintain a high level of motivation at all times and keep focused on achieving our ultimate goal. Each day we need to recognize that if we haven’t yet achieved our ultimate goal then we must remain focused and hungry to succeed. Most of all don’t become complacent and accept less than what you know you are capable of achieving until you reach your full potential.
Make Things Happen
When I was about 14, I started my first 'real' job at the Seldon Hotel where I carried guests bags, delivered room service and on the weekends managed the front desk at night. Later I worked for Olive McDonald's Flowers delivering flowers on my bike after school and working in the store. Then I worked for Tamblyn's Drug Store delivering orders on my bike and stocking shelves in the store.
I was able to leverage these early childhood experiences later in life to motivate myself to work harder and strive for excellence in everything I did. For example when I found myself overwhelmed by the challenges of the day and feeling sorry for myself I only needed to reflect on my past to remind myself what I was working for and why I was striving for that next promotion.
How Do You Make It Happen?