Unlock Your Potential by Discovering What Makes You Unique

Unlock potential

One of the keys to unlocking potential for some people is best told in the book “The Song of the Bird” by Anthony de Mello:

A man found an eagle’s egg and placed it under a brooding hen. The eaglet hatched with the chickens and grew to be like them. He clucked and cackled; scratched the earth for worms; flapped his wings and managed to fly a few feet in the air.

Years passed. One day, the eagle, now grown old, saw a magnificent bird above him in the sky. It glided in graceful majesty against the powerful wind, with scarcely a movement of its golden wings.

Spellbound, the eagle asked, “Who’s that?”

“That’s the king of the birds, the eagle,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to earth—we’re chickens.”

So the eagle lived and died a chicken for that’s what he thought he was.

How sad for the eagle to live his whole life not knowing and never questioning why he was different from others around him, why he had these amazing wings and strong talons.

You and I are both represented by the eagle in this story. You and I are 100 percent unique in who we are with our gifts, talents and experiences even heredity. So I ask: Why are so many of us content to just be “chickens,” accepting the picture of who we think we are?

It requires courage to take the journey to discover what makes us unique and what opportunities we have right in front of us. Some of the other “chickens” around us say we are wrong, that the risk we take on this journey aren’t worth it. Many times we accept and agree with those around us. Removing these false agreements is all part of the journey.

Those chickens don’t want you to move because, in taking these courageous steps, it exposes them for the chickens they actually are. They don’t want that. But what’s at risk if you don’t take this journey?

To understand that answer, think about how drastically different the world would be if:

  • Johannes Gutenberg hadn’t had a passion to make the bible and books more accessible to the common person?
  • Martin Luther King didn’t have a “dream” where people would be judged by their character, not their exterior.
  • Steve Jobs wasn’t passionate about making technology more usable.

You are no different from any of those people, with one possible exception: they pursued their purpose and uniqueness to the fullest while, perhaps, you are not. Are you going to let that happen? Are you going to be an eagle cooped up with chickens?


Chris LaGarde