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The ones you least expect…


“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine…”

The quote comes from the film the “Imitation Game”.

In the context of the film Alan Turing the codebreaker at Bletchley Park, a rather socially awkward character went onto win the war for Britain by breaking enigma.

In our own lives we achieve things that we did not think we could and we might well be the people that others least expected.  You know yourself that when you reach a target or complete a challenge that seems beyond reach and surprises others it gives greater satisfaction.  When we do the job we are paid to, it is good but is it good enough.

We might not even have the imagination at this stage of our lives to know what we will go onto achieve.  Knowing that you have abilities yet to tap into and talents still to develop will make you want to aspire to have that quote said about you.

In crisis situations people often talk about the hero qualities that come out in us.  We all have a secret unknown self which has amazing qualities that until put under pressure we have no idea what they will deliver.  Obviously not advisable to put yourself in to a situation to test your secret self.  We can on a lower level test our abilities:-

  • Take on tasks outside your normal job role
  • Work on projects outside work
  • Join project teams in other areas of the business
  • Mentor other team members
  • Work to a deadline and carry on working upto the deadline (create pressure)
  • Take a risk
  • Go beyond your comfort zone
  • Stretch yourself mentally

Be the person people least expect to break the target, create the new product or service or to take a risk in or outside of work.

“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine…”

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