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One of the most fascinating books I read this week was Boundless Potential by Mark S. Walton.  It’s about getting older and how our brains are capable of so much more than we have been led to believe.  The book is filled with stories about people who reinvented themselves and created entirely new careers with talents they never knew they had.  It was inspiring.

Here’s a quote from one of the stories:

The secret is in knowing that it's better to fail at your own bliss than succeed at someone else's. Realizing your human potential means using the life you are given to become more and more of who you really are. It means: Just do it! ~Michael Murphy

Given my current career situation this is just what I needed to hear.  I was so glad I didn’t have to consider EVER retiring – not that I ever had, but it is such a strong force in our society that its hard not to worry about.  I also gained the perspective that our career and lives are definitely now in our own hands.  Of course I have heard this for years starting with my beloved Tom Peters in The Brand Called YOU debuting in Fast Company in 1997.  But at that time it wasn’t as relevant to me as it is now.   No company is secure anymore and we need to rely on our own talents rather than someone else’s.  This is a hard lesson to learn, at least for me, it’s not that I grew up thinking I would work for one company my entire life, but I still like the teamwork and camaraderie of a large company, as well as the prestige and respect obtained by working with a nationally known brand. 

Regardless if I go back to corporate life now, I still will (hopefully) have a large chunk of time to fill with a viable career option.  I am excited about the possibilities and can’t wait to see the new talents I will uncover in my lifetime.  Have you discovered any new talents?  I find this field fascinating and I love to hear people’s stories.  I have often wanted to videotape people’s life stories so they are not forgotten.  I know I should just do it!  But I haven’t found any willing participants yet.  Maybe it will be part of my future – I hope so!

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