Stop for a moment and think of the high achievers you know personally, the people who drive themselves to the point of exhaustion, push through the toughest of circumstances and yet still keep rising; how much do you know of their back story?
In my personal mission to find out what drives people, I see the same patterns coming up again and again. Those with the strongest internal driving forces are often the ones from the most troubled and difficult of backgrounds. The ones who have been forced to grow up before they’re ready, who have lived with violent or mentally ill parents, those who have endured a lack of security or a lack of community in the formative years when they needed their sense of place and position the most in order to assimilate with confidence into society’s complex structures.
In an article in the New Yorker over the weekend, the author describes the foundation of difference, the one factor in the minds of those who push through their adversity to succeed and do so perhaps because, and not in spite of it.
The answer, posits the article, is in their internal locus of control fuelling the belief they can change their circumstances and not be defined by them.
Rather than reimagine the author’s perspective, I’ll simply offer the link for you to read. I found it fascinating, I hope you do too.
Click here to read and have a great week won’t you.