The Leader’s Voice: Insights from PRIDE’s Leadership – Treasure

The Leader’s Voice: Insights from PRIDE’s Leadership – Treasure

Where is the World’s Greatest Treasure Buried?

If you were asked a trivia question, “where is the world’s greatest treasure buried,” how would you answer?

  1. Let me Google and get back
  2. I’m racking my brains to recall my history and geography lessons from school
  3. On the ocean floor based on the intelligence of some movie or book
  4. I don’t know

Over the years I’ve come to realize that the answer lies in none of the above options.  If you were to ask me, I’d say that the world’s greatest treasure lies buried in ‘graveyards’. It comes as no surprise that a graveyard is a place for the dead. You may be wondering about what valuable treasures one could possibly find in a rotting corpse or in a pile of desiccated bones.

While the obvious answer might be ‘nothing,’ I beg to differ. I believe that buried in graveyards, lies the untapped potential of millions, who lived and walked the earth as people who merely existed in a routine and made little to no effort to tap into the ‘creative power’ of their brains and minds to make a difference in the world. I agree that not everyone is born to be an Einstein or a Newton. However, I do believe that everyone has the capacity to become someone who can make a qualitative difference in life regardless of its scale of impact.

How does one tap into their potential or creative power? Is it through education? Does lining up academic accolades and certifications unleash the power within? Maybe these sources have their part to play.  I believe the differentiating factor lies in how “we” seek to learn and challenge ourselves to better understand the world around us, beyond the confines of what is handed down. In the words of Sir Winston Churchill, “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” 

Today, ask yourself, do you settle for what is shared with you as a boundary to work within or do you explore until you’ve gained a satisfactory understanding of your world? Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb before he got it all right. Do you feel that learning and investing in yourself is worth the effort? If your tendency is to prefer an effortless life, then you can pride yourself in adding to the world’s richest treasure!

Nevertheless, I encourage you to start making a conscious decision today to exercise your potential while the opportunity is ripe. Identify your talents. Discover your personality strengths. Spend time reflecting on your existence and the difference it makes in your world; a world that involves your family, career and social ties. As quoted by Anne Frank, “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” So how about you “try” to find out while you can?!

Let today be the day you start working towards transforming the statistics of where the world’s greatest treasures lies – on earth or under!

About the Author:


Based out of Chennai, India, Aarthi Ilangovan is the Associate Director of Pride India’s Shared Services HR and India Business Operations.  She is passionate about Emotional Intelligence and People Development which she expresses through her writings. Her experience comes from her operations background, mentorship, team training dynamics and Sunday school teaching initiatives. She holds an MBA in General Management from Missouri State University, with a professional certification in Learning & Development.