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The Everyman’s Superpower (Part 2: Our Banged Up Lives)

(continued from Part 1)

Bootcamp is not a correspondence course.

It’s one helluva right of passage, but you’ve got to physically be there.  No way around it.

Even though this little Simpleology tribe of ours is so close-knit, we’re not all in the same location.  So, we have to employ some tricks to make this long-distance rite of passage work.

For example – before we begin, I’d like to send you on a 20 second mission …

Can you guess what The Everyman’s Superpower is yet?  

Even if you can’t, scroll to the bottom and post your best guess.  

Yes, if you get it right I’ll give you more than just a nod.  You might even get something nice just for trying. More about that later.  For now, just play along.  It’s part of the process, so please … really do this now.

Mission accomplished?

OK, let’s continue …

Look, rites of passage by definition, have to be both challenging and transformative.  (Bootcamp and the like are as tough as our modern sensibilities will tolerate.  We can’t dangle young kids over volcanoes to teach them self-reliance anymore.)

So, I have to warn you now: I’m going to play with your mind – hard – over the next few posts.

Take the above mission, for example.  Why did I ask you to hazard a guess?  Well, I know if I can pique your curiosity, and more importantly your active curiosity, this lesson is far more likely to stick.  (Hey, it’s a little more humane than dangling you over a volcano.  You’re welcome.)

I will explain a few of the things I’m doing to your mind as we go along.  Some of it, though, will be pure stealth.  Along the way I’m going to be dropping clues in very unlikely places.  And here again, some will be overt and some will be stealth.  (A huge clue is stealthily buried somewhere above, for example.  Did you catch it?)

Now, some folks (not you, of course), will scream that it’s not fair.  ”You tricked me!”

Yep.  Guilty.  Fair warning has been issued, so let the (mind) games begin …

Rites of passage can take many forms and ours can be viewed as a guided archeological expedition.

If you play along to the end you’ll know The Everyman’s Superpower.

But you won’t just know it.  You’ll know it such that you will never forget it.

What we are searching for is no less than an explanation for our past failures – and the key to our future success.

No matter what has happened in our lives thus far … No matter how old we are … No matter how deep our scars … The Everyman’s Superpower trumps all.

It has the power to redeem past mistakes – and to transform tragedy into triumph.

Now some folks (not you, of course) might say …

“How dare you.  You don’t know my life.  You don’t know what I’ve been through.”

And they’d be right.  I don’t.

But there is something I do know.

Giving up is how most failure happens, of course.  It’s easy to forget that when we are under the hypnosis of the past.

How then, do we remember?

More about that in Part 3 …


  • Tonya Culbertson


  • James Jimenez

    The mental reset

  • Joseph A Pingel

    Think and grow rich philosophy

  • Kelly Barrs


  • Shaun Carrigan

    the answer is within

  • Beverly Nixon

    The power of choice

  • martinmessier

    Insane, maniacal focus

  • Peter D

    Focus on what you want and don’t get distracted.

  • Ray Whittaker

    I’m thinking focus and perseverance.

  • Perseverance

  • Sorry Steve, I accidentally replied to your comment instead of putting my reply at the top level thread.

  • Decision

  • Janice Bacote Funchess

    I’m thinking focused action

  • Joe Christadore

    Ability to create your now based on thinking, believing, knowing, and lastly doing.

  • Linda Leonard

    Imagination — it gives us the ability to create

  • Linda Leonard

    Hmm. I’ll take a second guess. Perhaps the superpower is perseverance.

  • Robert Watkins

    I think it is to FOCUS !

  • Nev D.

    BE present- in the moment. Be alert, attentive and available- BE….. present.

  • Doug Bolkema

    Employ tricks to make this long-distance right of passage work.

  • Arthienyer L. Fraser


  • Eduardo Cardenas


  • Rose James


  • faith that things will finally work out, so you can take action

  • Greens Zambasa Junior

    I would say focus

  • TechUser


  • Rosa Davis

    I think it’s passion and vision.

  • Glen Jacobs

    The ability to keep going

  • Isabel Smyth


  • Dennis Barakos


  • Jason F.



  • Joe Sullivan

    Patience, perseverance, action.

  • Old Nikko

    Factually (!!! – not assumptions or false conclusions) knowing what doesn’t work based on experiences (either yours or those of others), freeing you to try what may work, and/or what has worked for others. If “it” works a little bit, fine tune and adjust “it” so that whatever it is, “it” works a lot. Keep doing it until it doesn’t work, then do something else.

    Wash, rinse and repeat until the pain of poverty goes away.

    …or not.

  • Menno Tabbernal

    Inducing fear into yourself and a worst case scenario if you do not achieve the goal in the short time frame you set

  • Nancy Hall

    I’m thinking……it’s the “HABITS” around efficient time management = the Simpleology platform that helps us squeeze all the efficient droplets of ‘doing’ out of each day.

  • Andrea

    Taking action

  • Virginia Reeves

    How about belief and faith in yourself.

  • Ivaylo Aleksiev

    right thoughts

  • Karen Ryce

    Desire, as I remember…

  • Starlady


    You know the thing about eating an elephant one bite at a time? Well you have to make a habit of eating an elephant burger every day. Once it’s a habit, the default is to keep doing it. And it’s amazing how far you get in a year with (say) ten minutes of German in the morning and 15 minutes after work.

    Of course changing your habits isn’t easy.

    Now excuse me, I have to go do a vocabulary drill.

  • Michael Drew

    Persistence (habit). A ‘modest’ stream of water carved the Grand Canyon out of rock.

  • Joseph C Anderson

    Burning Desire

  • Cathy Raab Hastings


  • Gulia Beck

    Good plan and an

  • JC2746

    Rites of Passage.

  • Dann King

    The ability to actively listen

  • Oh no, I’ve played this before and I forgot the answer! Persistence?

  • Barry Gleeson

    Knowing what and more importanly WHy you want to accomplish something, forming a plan abdcsticking to that plan day in and day out.

  • Lynda Bowman

    Clarity, performance necessity, courage

  • Alex Leadbetter


  • Aarron Light


  • Harry Cox


  • Scott Vogt


  • Anna Paradox


  • Bill Lennan

    Growth Mindset :-)
    It encompasses resilience, learning from unsuccessful hypothesis, and curiosity.
    Life’s a f’n adventure!!

  • Richard Muccillo MDDCM

    focus and discipline and never give up

  • Sam Eisenbeiser


  • Crystal Olds-Danner


  • Um Faisal Ibrahim

    His intuition

  • D’Arcy Mayo

    directed focus

  • Sebastino


  • Nancy E. Randolph


  • Spartan Racer

    Being present, physically there.

  • William Douglas

    An insane, fanatical, extraordinarily passionate, unyielding, unrelenting, laser-beam fixation on focus

  • Sheldon Snodgrass


  • Fred Bennett

    Free Will?

  • Jeremy

    I love this blog-thread… I think the super-power is focused attention :-)

  • kilmor77


  • Simon Brown


  • Aubin Katuku

    Chosen word

  • Lara Shane


  • Lennie Conger

    Truth, Faith, Hope, Desire, Passion, A Path(plan), Goals, oh the list goes on and I can say I can do it. Well yes, but it is much easier to do it together as a team. Never be afraid to ask for help, and provide help when you can. So as long as we all of us as people can continue to do those simple things it all works out. :-)

  • Dustin Duane

    not giving up.

  • Sean Hood



    Leveraged laser-focus

  • Gordana Nedeljkovic

    Reason and ability to make a decision on daily basis

  • Joe

    Letting go of the past

  • Clesia Mendes

    The Everyman’s Superpower is Choice.

  • Michael Leister


  • Maran Banta


  • PTS Office

    law of attraction?

  • Jerry Pinkman

    living in the now with focus

  • Rodney

    Being in the Zone by doing whatever lights you up!

  • Karina Suleimenova

    Just do it

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