To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I conducted a workshop at a client last week. At this client site you can only gain access into and around the building using finger print ID technology. If your finger prints are not recognised by the system, then you can’t move around on your own. On this particular day I was at my adventurous best and decided to take an unguided tour. I went through the first door by tagging along with someone whose fingerprint was in the system. That is as far as I went because he was going to another part in the building. I tried to place my fingerprint on the access panel and a red light flashed. Access denied. It then dawned on me that I was stuck. I tried all my fingers, and even spoke the heavenly language. Still access denied. I stayed there for a good ten minutes before an escort came to ‘set me free’. I was then given a guided tour and even ended up speaking to one good Doctor in Aeronautics who will organise for me to take some flying lessons.
As I drove home, I began to reflect on this experience. I imagined how in life we try to open the right doors with the wrong keys and vice versa. I thought about how we make things difficult for ourselves instead of getting the right people to open doors for us. I will share the lessons from this self reflection.
You Are The Key
In a world with billions of people, no one catch match your fingerprints. That is how unique and special you are. It means there you are the unique key to certain opportunities in this world. The world is full of doors of possibilities but unless you unlock them with your uniqueness, they will remain closed. You need to discover who you are and begin to create solutions to humanity’s needs around your uniqueness.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. The Creator took His time and great care to wire you up to deliver something special to this world. You are a special package containing goodies of greatness for delivery to humanity. Keys are made to size and shape. Don’t try to do everything, if the Creator wanted us to be a master key, He would have made us all the same. Your strengths, personality, size, shape, height, skills and passions make you just the right person to do something in this world which only you can do it.
Get To The Right Door
As I set about to check out this client premises I had no idea where I was going to. It was just the sense of adventure that got me going. The lesson from this is that sometimes in life people set out to do things without any aim. The result is they find themselves stuck. You end going to the wrong doors, expend your energy and your time. This can be easily addressed by sitting down and coming up with a purpose and vision of what you want to do in life. There are stories of people who are in the wrong profession, wrong business and wrong relationship. Why? They probably knocked on the wrong door. To unlock possibilities you need to go to the right door. If you are going to wrong door you are like a knife trying to be a saw – you limit your possibilities.
Find An Escort
If there are doors of opportunity which only you can open, it means there are some which only other people can open. I took an unguided tour without an escort and spend a frustrating ten minutes stuck. This is what happens when you don’t get someone else with the key to unlock possibilities for you. It can be a whole lifetime of frustration. That job from hell. That business which is giving you sleepless nights. Use your networks, colleagues, friends, professionals, a coach or a mentor to help unlock doors for you.
Every opportunity is just one person away; you just need to know who that person is. My escort at this company took me to this good Doctor who will now help me realise my lifelong dream of flying a plane. What could have been an aimless walkabout or tour became an opportunity. Unlocking possibilities! Yes you can…