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You have superpowers. If you’re like the people I interview, you probably don’t think of your personal strengths as superpowers. You don’t likely think you’re special. But you are. You have skills and abilities others wish they had. You have skills and abilities that are similar to extraordinary changemakers.
You are also using your power, your ability and your skills to do good in the world. Everyone does it in their own way. You are a valued member of this community because of the work you do to make the world better.
Your efforts to change the world may be what you do for a living. Perhaps you work for or lead a nonprofit or social enterprise. On the other hand, you may choose to deploy the resources you earn working in another sector to do good. Perhaps you volunteer time with a nonprofit, your faith community or your family.
I’ve had people apologize to me for failing to do more in the community who then mention they care full-time for aging parents or a special needs child. That stuff counts!
I am confident that everyone reading this post is using their superpowers for good.
Still, having and using superpowers doesn’t make anyone invincible. Everyone has their kryptonite or a Lex Luthor in their world. That is, everyone faces challenges and problems and sometimes faces genuine opposition. That doesn’t make you weak. You’re not. It makes you human. We all are.
One of the great lessons we can learn from others is the need for a community, for connections for collective action. We can do so much more together than we can alone.
Everyone exists within a collection of different networks. For instance, a nonprofit leader may have:
a network of peers who provide collegial guidance and support
a team of employees who share their work
perhaps a group of volunteers who help in a variety of ways
a list of donors large and small
a group of personal friends
a faith community within or independent of the nonprofit
an alumni network from college (and perhaps a second one from graduate school)
a professional network of people with the same professional training (fellow lawyers, accountants, teachers, doctors)
family, both close and distant
Almost everyone has access to an assortment of networks and communities.
Thank heaven we do! A successful life depends in large part on our connections with others.
The Superpowers for Good community is one you can add and help us build with little effort. You can listen to the podcasts from inspiring people like Bill Gates and Gail McGovern, the CEO of the American Red Cross, and countless others to come. You can like, comment and share to build camaraderie and a greater sense of community. Doing so will benefit you in your work and help you become someone else’s hero.
Today, I have a special ask. Please comment on this post. Share in the comment your superpower. Tell us how you use it for good. If you dare, tell us about the kryptonite or Lex Luthor in your world. Tell us how we can help!
After you share your story, consider taking a moment to read the other comments to see how you can help. Could you be someone’s hero today?
Finally, please share this post to help grow the community.
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