Leave your box and reach your POTENTIAL


When I was 14

When I was 14 years old I was told I needed to decide what my career was going to be. I was excited and set my mind free. I went to my teacher and said I want to become a dancer. She looked at me and laughed. “Laurens you can’t dance, you’re white.” So I went home and wrote down other ideas of what I wanted to be. I looked at the pen while writing and thought, why not become a writer? A writer of fictional stories that become movies and take people on a journey through their imagination. Again I told my teacher and she said, “Only the best make it, you won’t be good enough.”

They asked me what it is I want to be and then preceded to tell me what I couldn’t be. Eventually my teacher arranged for a psychologist to give me advice. She administered a test with me and told me I can do one of three things, be an accountant, an engineer or a computer programmer. All of a sudden the scope of possibility of my life went from anything, to one of 3 things. When you are 14 every adult is a genius and a test wouldn’t lie, right?

I went home and told my parents. They were so excited and proud. Their clever maths boy, they said, but what about my other side. My creative imagination. The fact that I can entertain myself for hours alone just creating new worlds in my mind. They boxed me into an analytical profile.

I studied computer science and I was good. I mean, I was average in a class full of analytical people. I then went to work and again I was good. Until the box no longer fitted. I felt angry, used and unfulfilled. I began to sabotage my work situation.

Until 10 months ago, my life changed to a point of no return. I was retrenched. I didn’t know it then, but life was moving on ME, because I didn’t take the step. I am proud to say that I haven’t returned back to the box, because the box is too small. It’s got everyone else in it, and we don’t belong there.

I’m now the proud author of 3 books with other 2 almost done and another 10 ideas brewing. I don’t say this to impress you, but rather to impress upon you that just because someone sees a life for you doesn’t mean that is the only one worth living.

Live within, around, outside and on top of the box.

For more information please go to www.laurensboel.com.

Much love,


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