I was reading an article about Michael Phelps and it really made me think. The article said Michael is on this planet to be a Swimming Machine, that he’s a real-life Aquaman. He has GIANT Feet and Hands, he’s double jointed at the knee/hip/shoulder joints, he has a ridiculously large and powerful heart, and his height and wingspan are unparalleled to anyone in the water. BOTTTOM LINE: The man was born to be an Olympic Swimming Champion.
He found his place, his calling… After reading the article it got me thinking. What if Michael hadn’t found the water? What if as child he never found his calling, where would his life be now? By all accounts he’s kind of shy, kind of a nerd… If Michael hadn’t found the water he wouldn’t be an American Hero, he’d just be some enormous awkward white guy
Here’s what I think; Everyone has a quality in them that’s extraordinary, a Super Power, we just need to find it. Sometimes the “Power” isn’t obvious to the eye, I find it’s often something people are afraid of or are told to stop doing at a very young age.
Americans (not you of course ) love to label people or put them into boxes… But the truth is most of us don’t fit into any box, we’re bigger than a label. It’s very important that we figure out what our Super Power is so we don’t end up in some “box” we’re not suppose to be in for the rest of our lives.
Albert Einstein was awful in school but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a Genius… He changed the face of the world forever. What if Martin Luther King believed because he was a black man he shouldn’t speak up (Courage)? What if Helen Keller thought because I’m deaf and blind I can’t have any impact (Bravery)? What if Amelia Earhart thought because I’m a woman I shouldn’t fly a plane (Adventurous)? What if Rosa Parks thought because I’m a black woman I should just move to the back of the bus (Inner Strength)? These are people who took a stand for what they believed in, for who they are… They are real life Super Heroes.
These are extreme examples of people using their Super Powers but you don’t have to change the world to capitalize on your hidden talent. Think about the people you know who are extraordinarily successful in one area of their life. I bet they figured out their Super Power.
Here’s two examples: I have a friend who’s a wizard at math and has an unbelievable ability to hang on when everyone else wants to give up… in High School he was told he was a nerd and a loser. He’s capitalized on his Super Power and is now a President at Goldman Sachs. I have another friend who’s amazing at making connections and networking… At a former job she was told this is a man’s world honey. She’s now the Vice President of sales at MySpace. The person who laughs last laughs the loudest.
I believe that all of us have the potential for greatness; It’s not just in some of us it’s in all of us. Find your Super Power and watch what happens.
Do you believe in the idea of Super Powers?