How to unlock your full potential and become more productive in life and career

Unlock your full potential
Untapped potential is the difference between where you are now—and where you can be.

The moment I picked my phone to answer the call and saw Ken’s name flashing on the screen, I knew that he was calling to make another excuse for not repaying my money.  With a deep sigh, I said ‘Hello’.

“Hello cousin,” Ken said on the other end of the line.  “Before you say anything, I want you to know that I am working on a big project and will soon repay the money.”

As I listened to my favorite cousin talking without paying much attention to what he was saying, I wondered whether this guy was serious, then suddenly I heard him mention that if I added him more money, this time things will work out.  What!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, Ken explained to me that his grocery store was not doing well, and he had decided to become a farmer and keep goats.  He went on to explain that since he grew up in a farm, he was going to relocate to his parent’s farm, and keep goats, as he took care of the place that had been deserted after his parents died.  Somehow I believed in him and loaned him the top-up money he needed.

This was two years ago.  Last week, I received a call from Ken, asking me how I wanted my money to be repaid.  “Do you want cash or cheque?” he said.  I was elated to hear from him, and to know that his goat farming business was doing well.  And of course, to get back my money.

Looking back at Ken’s situation, I realize that we all have the potential to become more productive in life and career, by taking the following steps.

Identify your areas of strength and weakness.  Ken realized that he was not good at running a grocery shop, but he had the necessary skills to do goat farming.

Focus on what you are good at.  Once Ken identified his areas of strengths—with a clear mind and with certainty—he made an informed decision to close the grocery shop that was making huge loses, and become a goat farmer.  According to him, goat farming is very profitable because they give birth twice a year, and can have up to two kids at a go.

Alter your perspective of life.  Although Ken always loved the city life, once he had identified his strengths, and focused on what he was good at, he knew that in order for him to succeed as a goat farmer, he had to make some sacrifices.  One of them being, leaving the city life.  It paid in the long run.

Seek help by talking to experts in your area of interest.  According to Ken, had he not spoken to a friend of his who runs a very successful livestock farm, he would not have learned about the benefits of keeping goats.  He said that he is very glad to have asked his friend the magic question—“What makes you so successful in livestock farming?”  The answer he got changed his life—“I keep livestock animals, and export goat-meat cuts to the Middle East every six months.”  Although Ken has not yet started exporting goat-meat cuts, he is now a goat farmer who aspires to expand his business.  Soon he will be able to export his commodity to the Middle East, and become a successful entrepreneur earning foreign currency.