Maslow called these growth-motivated folks self-actualizing people. He defined self-actualization as:
- Ongoing actualization of potentials, capacities, and talents,
- Fulfillment of mission (or call, fate, destiny, or vocation),
- A fuller knowledge of, and acceptance of, the person’s intrinsic nature, and
- An unceasing trend toward unity, integration, or synergy within the person.
One realizes this potential for its own gratification—not for any external gain or concern of what others will think or say (external esteem needs).
We find self-actualizing people in virtually every field of interest, including business professionals, artists, musicians, philosophers, painters, doctors, psychologists, athletes, and martial artists.