Self-actualization is a hot topic of the 21st century. With techno-logical and medical breakthroughs occurring every day, more and more of us are living lives where our basic needs are easily and readily met. When we’re no longer concerned about primal needs such as hunger or safety, we’re left with a yearning to do something more with our lives. We’re given the luxury of free time, time that can be used for self-reflection and self-discovery. Though some of us are seeking a higher purpose for our lives, many of us remain complacent and sometimes even apathetic. Later in his life, Maslow asked a compelling question, “Why don’t more people self-actualize if their basic needs are met?” The reality is that even though our basic needs are far more than met, most of us still fail to reach our full potential. Self-actualization is available to all seek it. Each one of us is capable of greatness, if greatness is our goal. To reach self-actualization one must have self-discipline, self-awareness, and self-mastery, along with patience, humility, and acceptance. The key is to let go of the past and open oneself up to the possibility of a better future. Self-actualization is knowing that life is too precious to spend time being anyone other than yourself. It is seizing the moment and allowing yourself to be fully alive.