What Is A Superpower And Do You Have One?

In her poem Our Deepest Fear, Marianne Williamson said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Throughout my travels I have found this to be consistently true. What we are often afraid of is not that we don’t know what we are doing, it is that we really do.

This was the inspiration for writing my latest self-help book What’s Your Superpower? - helping others tap into that power beyond measure. What better thing to call that power than a superpower? My friend Dan Holden summed it up well in the preface of the book:

The subject of superpower has been getting considerable attention in Hollywood, with any number of super heroes lighting up movie screens around the world. But before you run out and buy an Iron Man sweatshirt, consider the possibility that we each possess a superpower of our own, lying dormant within us. We use only a small percentage of our brain’s capacity yet, throughout history, we see humans doing incredible things. Einstein, Arthur Ashe, come to mind. Is it such a large leap to consider we may have amazing capacities — superpowers — which we have never explored?

I don’t think it is that big of a leap to consider that we have amazing capacities – superpowers - that we have never explored. Dictionary.com defines a superpower as “power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or has previously existed.” In the case of What’s Your Superpower?, it is the thing that is irrevocably you. It is the one thing that you do like no one else. It is what you have to offer the world that no one else can duplicate.

Your superpower is at the intersection of your values, your unique strengths, and your social currencies, and there is no one else out there in the world with the same combination that you have. When you bring these three things together, a powerful force unites and becomes your superpower.

Each of us has an exceptional capacity to do amazing things that no other person can do. That is the premise of the book - everyone has a superpower. The promise of the book is to help you find it.

Your cape awaits!

Tomi Llama