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"Moving the Bar" - Getting Started

The theme of this professional development series is My 3 P's: Passion, Purpose, Potential. We encourage you to find ways to participate in this series either individually or with a group at your office. It is designed so that you can jump in at any time, and dive as deeply into the series as your time and interest allows. The resources below are for your use in your development of your "3 P's."

Why 3 P's? We think you'd agree that these are three very powerful words: passion, purpose, potential. Their definitions and these quotes certainly speak to that:

1 - Passion: a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something; a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept; something that you enjoy or love doing very much

  • Georg Willhelm Hegel, a German philosopher, said that "We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion."
  • Nelson Mandela said that "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."

2 - Purpose: the aim or goal of a person; what a person is trying to do or become; something set up as an object or end to be attained

  • In his book The Rhythm of Life, Matthew Kelly wrote that "Life's purpose is to become the best version of yourself."
  • Robert Byrne said that "The purpose of life is a life of purpose."
  • Attributed to Buddha: "Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it."  

3 - Potential: existing in possibility; capable of development into actuality; capable of becoming real

  • George Eliot wrote that "It is never too late to become what you might have been."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson said, famously, that "What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."
How do you view and think about these three words? And what do you need to have heightened passion, to identify your purpose, and to achieve as much of your potential as possible?





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