I saw something absurd the other day. A highly engineered and specially designed high-performance race car stuck on a 35-mile-an-hour downtown street.
That is not what that car was made for. That is not what its creator (Enzo Ferrari) envisioned for it. This 6-speed, F140 Aluminum V12, 4700cc engine with 660hp was built to go 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and race at 217 miles an hour (2010 specs). But here it is… stuck.
I see this absurdity every day. But not only in the streets—in office cubicles, conference rooms, huddled behind computer screens, and dragging luggage through airports. People who were specially engineered and designed with special talents, skills and abilities who are traveling down the wrong road, with their potential stuck in first gear; trapped and unable to race. That is not what their creator had envisioned for them either.
1. Stuck. Traveling down the wrong road? Are you in a job, company or business that has you boxed in on the slow lane? Is it keeping you from being able to get out of first gear and challenge your greater abilities?
Sometimes it’s not the car; it’s the road the car is on.
2. Traveling with Pintos? Are you going slow because you are keeping pace with ordinary cars, when you were designed for racing?
Sometimes it’s not the car; it’s the cars it travels with.
3. Are you even aware that you are a race car? You were specially engineered and designed for speed… to race. You were built for greatness. I’m not kidding. You are a miracle of machinery. Yes, you… the one reading this. It’s likely you have never even experienced half of what your top speed is.
Sometimes it’s not the car; it’s the one given the responsibility to drive it.
If you ever really gripped the wheel, braced your neck and punched the pedal with all your might… the awesomeness of your innate potential will shock and exhilarate you. Punch it. NOW!