Sebastian Greenwood – The Five Ingredients of a Fully Functional Individual

Who is a functional adult?

There are some basic attributes and qualities that make a fully functional adult.  These attributes are: ability to form successful and meaningful relationships with others, ability to contribute to the foundation of the society economically and being able to be a part of the greater ‘civic’ body. All these attributes together in an individual make him or her a fully functional adult. Sebastian Greenwood by quoting Norman Vincent Peale has given a somewhat accurate definition of a functional adult, Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy”.

One cannot be a successful entrepreneur if he or she is not a mature adult, because a successful entrepreneur must have all those attributes that define a functional adult. If they are unable to have a meaningful relationship then they will fail in forming a team and without a team, no business can be established successfully. The revenues from a successful business venture contribute the economic fabric of the society. Entrepreneurs are successful people who contribute in many ways to the civic setup of the society. Apart from their economic contributions, they also help society through their philanthropic activities.

If an entrepreneur is not a functional adult then he or she cannot run his or her business successfully. If there are some qualities lacking then it has to be driven from the entrepreneur’s side to bring about the change. Sebastian Greenwood correctly quoted Carol Burnett, “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me”.

How to be a functional adult?

According to American psychologist, Carol Rogers who founded the humanistic approach to psychology, a healthy and fully functional adult must have or develop the following qualities:

Learning to live in the moment: dwelling on the past breeds resentment, grief and regret while living in the future causes anxiety, tension and stress. That is why the best way to reach self-actualization is living in the here and now. Living in the present is the best way to achieve complete fulfillment.

Open to experience: curiosity is the root to exploration. It is always good to be curious. This curiosity will open you to experiences in life. Embrace life as it comes, do not let any inhibitions stop you. Getting to know people will help you to know yourself better.

Organismic trust: this kind of trust is a form of self-belief. When we trust our intuition and listen to our hearts that is what is known as organismic trusting. This kind of trust ameliorates all kinds of anxiety and stress. People with organismic trust follow their instincts and rely upon inner experience to guide behaviour.

Freedom: to be a functional adult it is very important that you are free to choose what you want in life. The freedom to listen to our hearts and fulfilling our dreams is important to be a functional adult.

Creativity: freedom makes you more creative. You bring some changes in your life the moment you realize that you are in charge of your life. This makes you think more creatively.

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