This prompt is expansive in that you can choose any accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked personal growth or new understanding.
My parents work, work, work to keep the shelves stocked and the customers coming. For example, if you used to stutter or get nervous in large social groups, you could discuss the steps you took to find a solution.
As an alternative, this prompt gives you the opportunity to address a more ambitious, hypothetical problem you would like to solve. To my shame, I had been appallingly ignorant of his pain. Name-dropping is not only very obvious, it is very ineffective.
Names have also been changed to protect the identity of the author and subjects. If you are skeptical, consider the different impression you would have of the candidate who admires a dynamic, colorful athlete compared to someone who looks up to an accomplished but soft-spoken academic.
I realized that I had spent so much energy going against the grain that I had no idea what my true interests were. And this year will be no different.