Do Super Heroes really exist?
If so, I’d like someone to point me in the direction of the Bat Signal or some golden bullet-deflecting wrist cuffs. Because if ever we were in need of a Super Hero, it would be now. Worldly lore is filled with avengers and defenders. Movies take the lore one step further and spin tales of intrigue and fear that keep us forking over $12.75 a pop or our butts slapped in front of a flat screen TV while we watch our favorite villain bested by our favorite Defender of Justice.
A lone hero just might be enough to take out my trash or mow my lawn but to clean up the mess that surrounds and confounds us daily? “This is why Superman doesn’t have a sidekick,” says Batman when confounded by another idiotic Boy Wonder move. I do happen to have my own Boy Wonder in the form of a fifteen-year old son. He takes out the trash when asked and begrudgingly picks up the dog poop. He also answers the call of his skateboard, bicycle, and the local beaches.
But a suited Super Hero with a cape or golden wrist cuffs? They only exist on the pages of a comic book or in a multi-million dollar movie. Saturday morning cartoons rarely feature caped crusaders any longer. But real heroes? Now they do exist. On every corner, at every check stand, on the end of every phone call. All it takes is recognizing a unique quality in yourself or others. What is your super power?
Maybe you can write code, anywhere, anytime. Maybe you know how to speak to the most difficult of clients. Maybe you can plan an event where hundreds of business people gather to share information. Maybe you can help a job seeker gain confidence and nail a job interview. Maybe your power lies in your phone interviewing skills. Maybe you write a blog that brings together intelligent members of a community. Maybe you can teach other professionals how to do their jobs better.
Whatever your super power, use it. The more your use it, the stronger it becomes and then no amount of kryptonite can destroy or weaken it.
Knowing your power is half the battle.
And everyone can use a sidekick now and then, even Superman had Lois Lane or Jimmy Olsen when needed. A sidekick may reside at the next desk, across your kitchen table or on the other end of a phone call. All you have to do is ask. Oh, and use your powers for good, we have enough Cruella DeVilles, Darth Vaders, and Jokers in this world.
Rayanne Thorn, @ray_anne is the Marketing Director for online recruiting software company, Broadbean Technology. She is also a proud mother of four, happily engaged to Tom, residing in Laguna Beach, California, and a daily contributor for Blogging4Jobs. Connect with her on LinkedIn.