Something that is core to personal development is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Self-actualization, or becoming one’s fullest potential, sits at the top of the pyramid. When everything else is taken care of, that final need that motivates your behavior is the desire for self-mastery. The evidence for this need being met is that you perceive meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in your life.
I believe that self-actualization is all about increasing your personal capacities. Becoming a better, more well-rounded, more aligned human being. But what is it all for? In my opinion it’s to give it all away. To share it with others so that you can contribute to the well-being of others and betterment of the world. Time and again you hear the wealthiest people in the world say that ultimately, making a difference is what makes them the happiest.
Your personal fulfillment is rooted in serving others and you don’t need to wait until you’re older and wealthier to start. You can do more today to help others, and I promise that you’ll feel a level of fulfillment you haven’t been able to access before.
Let me add a complementary opinion to this. Tom Bilyeu, a personal development and business luminary has his own definition. He says that fulfillment is “working hard at something to achieve a positive result.” It’s not fulfilling if something is handed to you, you need to go through the challenges, obstacles, and setbacks to give meaning to the journey. And that’s exactly why self-actualization is such a potent way of pursuing fulfillment. It’s a day in, day out process that makes you earn your growth and your capabilities to serve. Pair that with hard work and now you have this incredible concoction that marries intrinsic growth with applying your skills and talents to serve others. In my mind there’s nothing better or worthwhile.
But that’s me, let’s figure out what it means for you - What is the most fulfilling thing you’ve ever done in your life?
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