Empowerment. It’s a beautiful word. There can be no real life without empowerment. If we have a talent, we have to be empowered to truly use it. Empowerment is like the sun. Without it, a flower withers, no matter how much water it’s given.
The longer I observe our world, the more I realize that it’s split between those who have been empowered and those who have not. But what is this ‘empowerment’ really? I may have compared it to the sun, but there needs to be something more substantial to the definition.
Empowerment is the power of belief.
It is your ability to believe that you can succeed, excel, and achieve great things. It’s knowing that the odds don’t need to be in your favour to accomplish your goals. Michael Phelps is not a record-holding Olympic champion just because he’s a great swimmer. He’s also empowered by a culture that has always taught him that anything is possible, that giving up isn’t an option, and that he can always do better.
For some, professional coaching is empowering, for others it’s simply good parenting that provided those rays of sunshine a child needs to grow up and achieve his potential. Maybe even watching American movies for twenty years will do the trick; you will have the words “You can do it!” etched into your brain forever.
What’s clear is that the amount of self-belief necessary to embark on a startup adventure, compete for gold, or to chase success however you define it, is an environment where people are empowered to maximize their potential.