As I drove back home from one of my workshops yesterday, I was listening to some Member of Parliament talking about the Conservative Party’s policies. Yes – I know – dull as ditch water. But there was one phrase that stuck out to me, the MP said that David Cameron would be able to “demonstrate his greatness” by organising a referendum.
“Well,” I thought to myself, “are we referring to the same David Cameron (UK Prime Minister) here?” And, of course, we were, so I realised that the MP and I must have a completely different notion as to what the word ‘greatness’ means.
But what I wanted to discuss today is the idea that we all have the ability to become great. Of course, it is true that we will not all become great; that probably includes David Cameron. But I do genuinely believe that we all have the seeds of greatness within us. Let me explain why I believe this to be so.
There was an item on the UK news some years back concerning a man who became an accomplished artist after suffering a stroke. The stroke somehow had the effect of ‘rewiring’ his brain and, as a result, he is now a completely different person. Somehow, this one example has stayed with me, though it is, by no means, an isolated case.
As I looked into the issue of how we can be changed as the result of experiences such as stroke, I realised that we all have the seeds of greatness within – that is also something that Tommy McHugh effectively says in the above video.
For me, the evidence is convincing. The ability to be a completely different person with access to a completely different set of talents and capabilities lies dormant within each of us. You can be an artist, a musician, a dancer, a mathematician and not only can you be any of those people, you can be truly great!
My suggestion is that you do have the raw ability though, of course, you may not have access to it. As Tommy says in the video, in years to come, perhaps they will invent a cap that you would put on your head and it would be able to activate those parts of your bran that have the ability to make you into whatever you want to be.
For the time being, whilst we do not have access to that kind of technology, I wonder how our brains become wired to make us into the people we, presently, are. If we could understand that, then perhaps we might also be able to understand how to change that wiring and activate our own potential for greatness. I feel this is an area I would like to research further and perhaps I might write about, more extensively in the future.
For now, I just want to leave you with the thought that “you are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are!”