In high school I was a student body officer. I loved every second of it. I made new friends (some of whom I still go to dinner with every now and again) and I learned a lot more about myself and my potential to handle stressful situations.
I was in charge of the videos for the school. Video announcements mostly.
I began staying at school for 12-14 hours a day.
I was editing videos for teacher's classes, for student's projects, for the announcement of the ballroom dance team, for the basketball team's game on Friday. I was always doing something for someone. (Living on Wendy's combo meals and Mt. Dew...ah, the glorious life of a high metabolism).
One day, my adviser Mrs. Sheen walked into the room I was working in.
Sheen was one of those super tough teachers. She was very intimidating until you began to know her. Then you saw how much she really cares about students becoming and not just doing.
"Why are you still here?" she asked.
"I have to get this video done for the french teacher." I replied.
"Why do you have to do it?"
"Because, (looking at her with the classic teen "I know what I'm doing" look) it's my job."
"It is not your job to be walked on, it is your job to serve."
I've thought a lot about that through years since.
I serve until I feel I'm being used, that I'm being walked on, then I discuss it with the person to help them understand that although I look like Superman---I in fact am not. None of us are.
We serve others because in service to others, we find ourselves. "Whosoever shall lose himself for my sake shall find it."
Whether that is in your job, in your family, or in your daily life.
You serve without want. You serve to become who you know you should be.
To reach your potential...
Avoid being walked on though, trust me--if there is one thing you want to avoid in life, that one thing is what I learned from Mrs. Sheen on that day....