| You Have a Secret Super Power
|It’s really quite amazing all the things it enables you to do.
Yes, you really do have a secret super power, although it might
be better described as a hidden super power since you’re
probably not aware of it, which means you’re not using it.
Will this super power get you in the next Marvel Avengers
movie? Probably not, but it might help you write it.
This super power is amazing because it will enable and empower
you to do many things. However, like most “real world” abilities
you will have to work at developing it. But, I’ve got to warn you,
there are people out there who do not want you to discover this
power. In fact, there are quite a few of them. Some of them are
your friends and family, your neighbors, your colleagues, your
co-workers, maybe even your boss. And, don’t get me started on
Why do so many people not want you to discover your power?
That’s because if you use it, you might rock the boat. And, what
happens when you rock a boat? Yes, people fall out. Then what
happens? Now you don’t have to worry about anyone drowning,
we’re just speaking figuratively here. But, they will be left behind,
and people don’t like to be left behind; it makes them angry and
afraid. And, some of them will be eaten by sharks... figuratively
speaking that is.
If you develop this power extremely well, some psychologists will
say that you have a mental illness, but don’t listen to them. Don’t
listen to any of the naysayers because they are just envious.
They will envy you because you will recognize opportunities that
they will miss. You will handle change like a boss, while they cower
in fear. Heck, you’ll even have a better sex life, plus you won’t have
to worry about going senile as you get older. No wonder they’re
What is this secret super power? It’s creativity. It is a power you
were taught to suppress when you were a child. Because of this
many people believe creativity is a gift only some people are born
with, but it is actually a skill that can be redeveloped at any age.
You see, instead of being allowed to freely use your imagination,
you were trained to conform. You were taught that curiosity is
dangerous; that questioning authority and challenging the
status quo is antisocial; that listening to different viewpoints is
heresy; and that experiencing new things is a waste of time.
But if you want to have an innovative mind, you must do all
Innovation is not just for big corporations, it’s for everyone
because when you embrace the innovator’s lifestyle and open
your mind to more creative-thinking wonderful things will
happen for you. There is nothing more satisfying than being
enmeshed in the creative process. When you create something
you develop self-confidence. The more time you spend in
creative activity, the more you will believe in yourself. The
more successful you are, the more persistent you become;
the more willing you are to take risks; and the more comfortable
you become with change.
To develop this skill, this super power, you must learn to get a
different perspective, to see things in different ways, so that
you can think different thoughts, and come up with new ideas.
An idea is simply combining two or more existing
concepts/ideas into something new. Your challenge will be to
look for connections or patterns where no one has seen one
before. If you want to invent a better mousetrap, then start
with a goal and work backwards from there to how you might
make it happen.
Creativity is a critical skill in today’s constantly changing world.
Intel chairman, Andrew Grove described it succinctly and
accurately when he said, “Adapt or die.” Change is all about
Creative Destruction, which is a term, coined in 1943, by
economist Joseph Schumpter to describe what happens when
a new technology makes an old technology obsolete. Creative
destruction is like a steamroller without a driver heading
right toward your business and there is nothing you can do to
stop it. You can only prepare. It’s happening faster than ever
before and will only speed up. And, if you aren’t changing with
the changes going on around you, you’ll get left behind... and
probably eaten by sharks... figuratively speaking.
You can start developing your super power today by exposing
yourself to new things, new experiences, and different
viewpoints. When you have new experiences you lay down
new neural pathways in your brain. You open up new electrical
connections between your brain cells. In other words, you
have expanded your thinking ability and your store of
knowledge - which gives you more stuff with which to create.
The more of these electrical connections you create, the less
likely you’ll suffer senility as you age. Plus, when you experience
new things you stimulate the dopamine receptors in your
brain which makes you feel good. When you experience new
things with your significant other, you'll rekindle the romantic
feelings you had when your love was new, and you know
where that leads.
So... take a class on a subject that makes you curious. Read
a magazine or a blog on a topic you know nothing about. Listen
to a music genre you’ve never attended before. Eat an ethnic
food that you’ve never tasted. Imagine a new use for an old
product, then do it again, and again. Write with your
non-dominant hand. Sleep on the wrong side of the bed. Talk
like a pirate. Most of all, have fun!
© Robert Evans Wilson, Jr.