DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOUR POTENTIAL REALLY IS? by Rachel Russell



Who am I?

Isn’t that a very interesting question.

How do we come to know ourselves in terms of our behavioural preferences and more importantly our potential?

Well, one of the first ways to come to know yourself is to understand that you do not necessarily know yourself.

You can learn to watch yourself like you are watching a stranger, but in order to obtain the best benefit from that, you have to recognise your ignorance of who it is that you really are. And that is not easy to admit or to understand, as most people think that they DO know themselves! But then you remember a few things about yourself. Mostly it’s the flaws that you initially focus on.

Maybe you don’t know yourself as well as you think. It is actually very hard to get to a position where you realise just how much of yourself you are not really conscious of, as yet.

There is an upside to this.

You are also ignorant about who you could potentially be. And obtaining an understanding of that is the first step to change, to fully maximising and capitalising on those things that can really have an impact on your life.

The great thing about really understanding who you are is this. You will discover more about your potential as you discover more about who you are.


The differences in behavioural tendencies between one individual and another actually run quite deep. People differ very much in how they see the world. Your very perceptions are dependent on the variability of how you prefer to behave, and the circumstances you prefer to be in and why. Much of this has to do with the different experiences that you have had growing up. This created neurological pathways in your brain.The density of the pathways in the different parts of your brain determines a variety of elements that contributes towards your behavioural tendencies.

What is it that you prefer to do? What gives you the most satisfaction? When seeking this satisfaction how does it impact your demeanour, or your temperament? What is your appetite for things like stability, achievement, variety, imaginative thinking, organisation, guidance and information and so-on? Even the slightest variances in these appetites can yield different results in what each individual seeks in their life. Choosing the circumstances you want to find yourself in for the majority of your time, and making the right decisions in this respect will have an immense impact on your level of happiness, peace of mind, sense of purpose.

This can be applied to your understanding of your kids, or your contribution to your kids’ understanding of themselves. One key period in life where this comes to the forefront of our thought as parents, is when we are assisting our children with the decision of what it is that they should choose to study in secondary school. In an ideal world our children choose subjects to study which:


Of course we would want to have our children have as active a role as possible in this decision-making process. What better way then assisting your child to articulate this for themselves, as opposed to advising them on what we think would be best?

When I was a teen in school, I was described by my teachers as a day dreamer. I read obsessively, I doodled in my schoolbooks, I loved drawing and painting, and I enjoyed making up stories and writing essays. I had academic capabilities, but I was quite obviously not an academic type. My well-intentioned father advised me to choose Accounts and Economics as my subjects, and I did. Safe to say, that I did not grow up to become an accountant and the first and only time I have ever managed to balance a sheet was in my O’ level examination. Fast forward 30 years, and I am utilising the exact skills that I so prolifically displayed as a child most effectively in my adult life. Maybe if you make similar observations about yourself and those around you, you might observe a similar trajectory.

There is a way to really help you to articulate what it is that your children are good at, what it is that they enjoy, and the circumstances in which they would thrive. This would help you to ensure that your children make sound decisions about the subjects that they wish to study, and the eventual path they want to take towards their careers.

PRISM for Teens is a profiling tool that assists adolescents to discern the different types of behaviours that they prefer to undertake on a daily basis and those which they are yet to develop further. In understanding this, teenagers will be better equipped to know which study environments and eventual work environments they are most likely to thrive in due to their natural ability, and therefore, what career path they should eventually take. This will ensure that the right building blocks towards this are chosen to achieve their ambitions later on in life. 

A PRISM Report will show our participating teenagers:

  • Their natural strengths in behaviour
  • avoided behaviours
  • an overview of their work aptitude
  • an analysis of projected career development
  • most suited work environments

and so much more.

The report will also link to a database that the teenagers would have permanent access to. This will enable them to understand what job roles and overall careers would be most suited based on his or her specific and individual PRISM Report. The participating teenager would also get a one-to-one meeting with one of our specialised PRISM practitioners who will guide them to really understand the report and themselves. The PRISM practitioner will also help the teenager to interpret those behaviours and the ones they have most aptitude towards which will indicate the areas that they would be happiest in both for their studies and eventually, their careers.

Worried about these difficult choices that your teenagers must make that will affect their future careers? You can take the guess work out of these pivotal decisions with this revolutionary tool – please click here for more information or contact us on +356 2247 0734.


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