May 22, 2010

What do you need?

In 1943 Abraham Maslow’s famous Hierarchy of Needs rose to the peak of psychology’s pyramid of learning.  It graphically defines what motivates us.

From our basic need for food, water, sleep, oxygen, etc., on up through safety, a sense of belonging and being loved, up through esteem and finally to self-actualization.

That hyphenated target symbolizes, at least to Maslow, living up to your potential.

What is your potential?  How can you fully attain it?  What happens if you do?

A wise carpenter asked, “What if you acquired the entire world but lost your soul?  Or what would you swap your soul to get?”  When asked the most profound question ever, his response was simply, “You’ve got to be reborn.”

Where does that rank in your hierarchy of needs?