It seems that every Management or Psychology 101 class features the work of Abraham Maslow with his hierarchy of needs. Throughout my entire life I have come back to this model time and time again. It’s always been useful to me as a barometer for understanding motivation in myself and within others.
As a quick reminder Maslow states that there are five separate levels:
- Basic – Air to breath, food for nourishment, and our health
- Safety – A warm place to sleep at night and no constant fear for our lives
- Belonging – Felling like being part of a bigger community
- Ego/Status – Having the things that make us complete
- Self-Actualization – Knowing what we want out of life and living it each day
The key thing to remember with this model is that each lower level needs must be met before we can move on to the next one. So if someone kidnaps you, takes you out to the wilderness with no food or clothing, and leaves you for dead you won’t be very concerned with how big your TV is for instance.
Personal Agility is focused on the upper three levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy; belonging, ego/status, and self-actualization. If you are currently homeless and starving please seek help, but unfortunately you won’t find those things here. We expect that your basic and safety needs have been taken care of and now you are ready to focus on the upper level needs. If that describes your situation then welcome! You are about to embark on a life altering journey of purpose, passion, and fulfillment of your dreams through achieving Personal Agility.