Thank you for listening to The Champion Forum Podcast with Jeff Hancher! Have you ever wondered if you are really living up to your full potential? How can you know if you are reaching your maximum potential? This week on the podcast, I am excited to interview Mark Benedetti about his new book, “The Potential Trap.” We’ll talk about identifying the factors that are holding you back, rewriting the story you are telling yourself, and the difference between a dream and a passion.
Why did you write The Potential Trap?
I was frustrated because I felt like I was created to do more than I was doing. I started writing out my thoughts just to get them on paper, but that journaling session turned into the introduction of the book. I realized that there were probably many other people experiencing similar feelings. The book is designed to help other people get out of their limiting beliefs and reach their potential.
What limits people?
People are often limited by their job title and by what other people think of them. The reality is that you are only limited by what you believe about yourself. No one else can define you. If you let other people try to define you, you will limit your potential.
Q: Do you agree with the statement that everyone has equal potential? Why or why not?
How do you find out what your potential is?
Don’t ask, how much money can I make? Ask, how can I increase my value? You also have to understand that success and money will not bring you fulfillment. True fulfillment will come when you start doing something you are passionate about that brings value to others. Ask yourself what you are being drawn to and surround yourself with people who will be honest with you, too. Your dreams are just the beginning. You might have a dream to play in the NBA, but if you aren’t tall enough or athletic enough, it won’t happen. However, you can take your passion for basketball and translate it to coaching, skills camps, analytics, and any number of other careers connected to the basketball industry. Don’t get so focused on some specific dream that you miss out on other opportunities to fulfill your passions.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? Was it a passion or a dream? Do you use any overlapping skills from that dream in your job today? How so?
“In 2021, it comes down to how bad do you want it and what price are you willing to pay?” - Mark Benedetti
How do people get trapped in setbacks?
There is a difference between progress and process. Some people will see a step back as a bad thing, but it was just part of the process. Don’t get frustrated. Stay self-aware. Stay strong in your mind and keep taking one step forward. You will often find that the process was more difficult in your mind than in reality. Also, you need to remember that finances always follow value. If you aren’t lead by greed, you will take a step forward in the value you create. Then as long as you keep creating value, finances will follow!
Q: Do you usually get discouraged by setbacks? Why or why not? Describe a time that you experienced a setup that helped you achieve your goals in the long run.
What will happen when people read this book?
People will fall into one of three areas. The first person might pick up the book and be encouraged because they realize they aren’t trapped. They’re doing what they love, and they just need the encouragement to keep doing it. The second person might feel heavily convinced and convicted to start their own thing. They might feel like they know what they want to do, but they just need the encouragement to take a step. And the last person might not know what they want to do, but they will feel encouraged to step out and do something to increase the value in their life, whether it is volunteering or starting a side hustle. Everyone has a step they can take because we were all made with equal potential. Most people are just using their potential, but some people are maximizing it.
Your life is not just a decision you make when you are 18. It’s a process of evaluating what you are doing and what you want. Just because you’re doing something doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it.
Spend some time reflecting on yourself by asking these questions What skills do I have that I am proud of? What makes me feel excited? How do those skills fit into my current role? What other careers might I be well suited for? What is my purpose? What is something I can help other people do? How does that add value?
Take some time to ask your friends, partner, or mentors what they see in you. Ask them how you have grown in the past year and where they see you going. If you have an idea, run it by them. Ask them what qualities they see that you have that would support or hinder that dream. Use their feedback to encourage you to look at your next steps and decide on one step that will help you move forward in your goals.
Buy Mark’s book and discuss it with your team. As leaders, we should always be helping people reach their full potential. Help them to tie their purpose and values with the job that they are doing. Remember that you can fulfill your potential in a variety of ways! It does not have to mean that you quit your job.