Potential is about the possibilities that are born in us.
Let me introduce you to four very different women who have realised their potential and shared what they’ve learnt along the way.
From the age of four, Dominique wanted to be a teacher. Throughout high school, she studied extensively, stressed a lot, and put everything into achieving the best results she could, with her ultimate goal of becoming a teacher. After obtaining an OP1 (the highest range of tertiary admission scores), her peers encouraged her do something more ‘worthwhile’, like applying for medicine rather than her teaching preference.
Unfortunately her score was a fraction lower than was needed to get into medicine, so she reluctantly studied science and education. Dominique can now see that she was being guided to exactly what she was meant to be doing all along... teaching. She has realised that the effort she had put into using her brains was because she really wanted to be a good teacher.
“I think four-year-old Dominique had it right all along!” she laughs.
Miss Potentiality knows that she can have dreams in her heart for a reason (even at the age of four!), and even when friends seem to have a better idea, circumstances in life can guide her to achieve those aims and become the woman she’s always had the potential to be.
Nancy has always been involved in the lives of young people. Her high school experience was full of anger, rebellion, and struggle for a reason to get out of bed each day. It wasn’t until she became a high school teacher that she realised that she had the potential to help young people, just like herself, find joy and a purpose in life.
Now in her seventies, Nancy is more involved than ever in helping teenagers find their own potential and purpose. She is on the editing team at Bella, and also runs the Shine program (helping girls to discover their true value) in local high schools. In her spare time, Nancy invites young people into her own home for meals, care and encouragement, and to simply be a part of her family.
“I want to give girls the confidence I didn't have at their age - knowing that they are individually valuable and beautiful and can find purpose for their lives.”
Miss Potentiality discovers her gifts and talents and what she’s passionate about, and enjoys life whilst serving others.
Ruth-Ellen had always dreamed of being a doctor. After hearing about Paul White, the missionary ‘Jungle Doctor’ when she was younger, Ruth-Ellen knew that that was what she wanted to do with her life. She is currently studying and working in general practice and emergency medicine, and has come to realise that the long journey to becoming a missionary doctor is also a very rewarding one. Not only has she saved lives, but she’s had the opportunity to get an upfront view of life and death, and be with people at both their worst and best.
Along the way, Ruth-Ellen has realised that in order to reach her full potential she must surround herself with people who are wiser and smarter than she is, so they can support her and encourage her in the right direction. She also attends kids’ summer camps once a year to be a role model to younger kids with ambition and potential like herself.
“We’ve been put on Earth to help each other.”
Miss Potentiality refuses to be held back by challenges. Although the journey can sometimes be tough, she learns to surround herself with positive role models, and celebrate the little victories along the way.
Most gymnasts start their career at a very early age, and Annie Flemsteed was no exception. For as long as she can remember, she had dreamed of going to the Olympics. This meant that she trained every day of the week, developed skills that the rest of us could only imagine, and more than anything, was educated on her diet and how she should look. The pressure on her to look a particular way, and to eat (and not eat) particular foods was immense, resulting in a struggle with body image throughout most of her gymnastics career.
So when Annie was injured whilst training, she took the opportunity to change her profession to a more encouraging and positive one. Annie is now a Brisbane-based personal trainer, focussing on training to be healthy rather than looking good, and more than anything, maintaining positivity. Her optimistic and holistic approach to training, food, and life has already inspired many young girls, and her influence is rapidly growing (Check out her website here).
“Nothing worth achieving will ever be achieved without passion, planning, persistance and persperation.”
Miss Potentiality remains positive in every situation, and believes that she can do amazing things as long as she believes in herself and works to make it happen.