POTENT..is the first part of potential. Potential, the power of what you can do, as opposed to what you are doing. Being semi-employed/unemployed, I think about potential a lot. I wonder what percentage of workers live up to their real potential, are doing what they are the best at or what they are meant to do? I think in life, a lot of us have found ourselves in that Talking Heads song state of “How did I GET HERE?!?!?”

All along the road while I was working in one career as a creative person, I always found myself drawn to volunteer work and to the non-profit world. I spent a lot of time in my twenties and thirties volunteering for a variety of charities under the Hands On Atlanta or Boston Cares umbrella. They offered a chance to volunteer at many different places depending on your interests. I have volunteered with children, with animals, in the school system, food bank, clothing bank and health charities. I wonder how it never occurred to me to seriously take a step back from my career and go in the direction of a non-profit. I always found more satisfaction, more teamwork, more camaraderie than I did at my old workplace. There definitely was a void. I wonder what held me back. I think for a lot of us, what holds us back is the sense of complacency. Maybe even a little bit of fear.

Now I realize, I can still be creative but in a different way. And I am going to embrace the CREATE in CREATIVE.

I like a lot of different things and I think my lesson I have learned is that you have to make your own way when opportunities are scarce. Trying to melt an array of interests into a new way of building a career. A few months ago I was at a speaker’s bureau expo for gardening lecturers. All of them told me that when their past opportunity dried up or became something they had to walk away from, they created their new career from things they loved to do. I inventoried my likes and talents a few months ago and realized that my next career incarnation needs to involve some of the following–writing, high interaction with people, public relations, public speaking, teamwork-based projects and creative, ambitious business practices. For-Profit or non-profit, either will work as long as I have a few of the elements I find important to doing meaningful work for my employer.

POTENT- powerful; mighty: a potent fighting force. That definition I really like!

POTENT- cogent; persuasive. I can get behind that as well.

So I am going forward into the world attempting to create new POTENTIAL opportunities with a POTENT mix of enthusiasm and open-mindedness. I have decided to rub the lamp and let the genie out and see what can happen. Anyone looking for a creative, fearless and attentive writer, just drop me a line!

If you have created your own path, I would love to hear about it.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Funk
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 00:39:43

    Nice post. It’s refreshing to read someone’s honesty and willingness to try something new to move ahead. Keep writing Novak. Got something there!

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  2. Job Search Service
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 07:02:09

    Yes, Whatever you mention is absolutely correct. Without having potential it is not possible to perform job with efficiency and effectiveness. What I like in this post is honest and self confidence.


  3. pastorjamesandrews
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 22:00:02

    POTENT..is the first part of potential. Potential, the power of what you can do, as opposed to what you are doing.


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