Unleash Your Inner Superhero

by Jason Kotecki on · 9 comments

You are in pos­ses­sion of some­thing pow­er­ful. Some­thing with the innate pos­si­bil­ity to change the world. You walk around with it every day, but sadly, you’re likely obliv­i­ous to its paradigm-shifting poten­tial. Don’t feel bad, how­ever, for even the most advanced air­port secu­rity scan­ners are com­pletely unable to detect its presence.

What is it?

Your great­ness.

That’s right, even Tony the Tiger would agree: You’re GREAT!  But I’m not talk­ing in generic, “you’re great, I’m great, everybody’s great and should get a tro­phy” terms here. I’m talk­ing about your inner superpower.

The tragedy is that this inner super­power is often under-appreciated and under-used, ren­der­ing it nearly powerless.

Your great­ness is made up of the activ­i­ties you are great at and most enjoy doing. The things that peo­ple mar­vel at, ask you to do, and thank you for. The things that come easy to you, the things you find most enjoyable.

The “easy” and “enjoy­able” aspects are the trap. They lead you to take your great­ness for granted. When some­thing comes easy to us, we assume it must be that way for every­one, so we don’t see any­thing spe­cial in it. And if it’s enjoy­able, we assume it’s not worth that much because any­thing worth hav­ing requires a lot of work, right?

Wrong!

This kind of think­ing is Kryp­tonite to our inner super­power. The truth is, the things that come easy to us and cre­ate enjoy­ment are the very gifts we were given to help change the world. Rather than toil­ing away at build­ing up our weak­nesses, we need to unleash our infi­nite poten­tial by focus­ing on our strengths. If you think about it, build­ing up our weak­nesses is our futile way of becom­ing self-reliant. But we were designed to be depen­dent on one another. Our job is to uti­lize the gifts of oth­ers while ruth­lessly shar­ing our own.

Write down a list of at least 10 things you are great at (shoot for 20!) Then make a sim­i­lar list of things you enjoy doing. Com­pare the lists and cir­cle the things that overlap.

That’s your great­ness. That’s your inner superpower.

Keep in mind, you don’t need to be the best in the world at any of those things to be great. The beauty is in the mix. Con­sider this quote from Dil­bert car­toon­ist Scott Adams:

I suc­ceeded as a car­toon­ist with neg­li­gi­ble art tal­ent, some basic writ­ing skills, an ordi­nary sense of humor and a bit of expe­ri­ence in the busi­ness world. The “Dil­bert” comic is a com­bi­na­tion of all four skills. The world has plenty of bet­ter artists, smarter writ­ers, fun­nier humorists and more expe­ri­enced busi­ness peo­ple. The rare part is that each of those mod­est skills is col­lected in one per­son. That’s how value is created.

You may not be the absolute best at any one thing on your list. (Not many peo­ple are.) But that’s no rea­son to dis­count them. Chances are that if every­one in the world com­pared their lists of 20 things they are great at and enjoyed doing, no two lists would be exactly the same.

I hope you will take some time to make your own list to uncover and ana­lyze your inner superpower.

I urge you to quit tak­ing your great­ness for grated.

I beg you to unleash it on the world.

We need you.


by Jason Kotecki

Jason Kotecki is an artist, author, and pro­fes­sional speaker. Jason and his wife Kim (a for­mer kinder­garten teacher) make it their mis­sion in life to fight Adul­ti­tis and help peo­ple use strate­gies from child­hood to design lives with less stress and more fun. Stop by www.KimandJason.com for more tips for escap­ing adulthood.
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Jody - Fit at 54 May 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

Loved this & that quote! Thank you!!! Passing on!
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Jason of Kim & Jason May 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

Glad you enjoyed it, Jody — thanks of passing it on!
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Tim May 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hi Jason:

I like the message of your post and agree there’s so much potential and talent within all of us. With the Avengers movie setting records and our world in need of our talents…your message is also timely. A couple years ago at my career center, I took a Strengthfinders class…partly based on Tom Rath’s Strengthsfinders 2.0 book. While it is probably not necessary to buy the book in order to figure these strengths out, it helped me articulate these better. Wishing luck to you, Lance and the readers of J.O.L. in figuring out and using these strengths.
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Jason of Kim & Jason May 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Thanks Tim! Funny, I didn’t even think of the Avengers tie-in. I wonder if the fact that these superhero movies are so popular is an indicator of how starved we are to see real greatness…
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Chet May 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm

“That’s right, even Tony the Tiger would agree: You’re GREAT! ” I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read that… thanks for the smile Jason!

You’re absolutely right, there’s a superhero in us all. I think if people took a look at the books and stuff in their bookshelf, it’d give a glimpse at the superpowers they already have, wish to have, or are working on. Just a thought.

Thanks again!
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Jason of Kim & Jason May 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Happy to make you smile, Chet! Anytime I can get in a cereal reference I’m happy, as I am a self-avowed junkie.

Cool insight on the contents of one’s bookshelf, too. Interesting.
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tinafreysd May 15, 2012 at 1:29 am

Determine what your personal strengths are. Maybe you’re a good swimmer or good at cleaning. Figure out what you excel at and build on those qualities. You’ll like yourself more, and people will believe you’re sincere.

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Jason of Kim & Jason May 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

Exactly. Well put!
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chanikacha October 4, 2012 at 4:35 am

This information is very informational! I do agree with you about our inner strenght. Since most of us never even thinks the things that we can do. It is just a matter of thinking positive and doing things that we never even expect that we can do.
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