You Have a Secret Super Power

It’s really quite amazing all the things it enables you to do.

Posted May 16, 2019

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 Uncle Sam.

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 envious.

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 of these.

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. is an innovation/change speaker, author, and consultant.  RobWilsonSpeaker.com.