SUPERMAN

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue?
Where is the frenzy with which you should be inoculated?
Behold, I teach you the Overman;
He is the lightning; he is the frenzy.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

445384The German philosopher obviously knew that there was something far beyond the day to day reality that resides deep within each of us. What Nietzsche called the Overman, has been labeled the Higher Self, The Holy Guardian Angel, The Genie, The Daemon, The Superman and many more things from a variety of traditions.

At the end of the day, regardless of whatever label we choose, the content remains the same irrespective of the way it’s vocalized.

This entire series has been about finding this Superhuman within yourself and for yourself. Please be reminded that the word “super” does not mean leaping tall buildings in a single bound or deflecting bullets with your chest in the literal sense. Metaphorically yes. Literally no.

Sorry to burst your bubble if you’re a Comicon fan.

The true meaning of super is “to place or be placed above or over.”

This true Superhuman is an individual who finds their unique genius, clearly knows their purpose in this lifetime, and develops the autotelic personality to go out and make it happen regardless of the good opinion of others. Please read that again.

You have a Superhuman capacity buried deep within you that’s just waiting and longing to be unleashed. What are you going to do?

Please understand, that this clarity and focus. once put into action, is true greatness. And only with this deeply authentic approach to life, can you ever hope to reach the ultimate performance we’ve been exploring for quite some time now.

We’ve discussed a vast number of things in great depth and detail. We’ve discussed how many individuals are selling their very soul, and their vitality, for the false idols they’ve been spoon-fed to worship since birth. We’ve also discussed what it takes to escape this endless hamster wheel of lack of fulfillment and lack-luster living.

You were born into greatness but you’ve been conditioned into mediocrity.

It takes clarity.

It takes focus.

It takes ruthless honesty and the willingness to realize that life is but a fleeting blink of an eye; and whoa be you if you end up with the masses… leaving this life half lived. Whoa be you if you don’t find your own Superman. Your deep authentic self.

Your work is to find your work and then give your entire heart, mind, body and soul to it. For only in so doing are you truly being. Only in this way do you truly live.

Socrates told us “To be is to do.” The harsh reality is that if you don’t do it you’re not it.

Likewise, The Christ told us “By their fruits (actions/results) shall you know them.”

I’ve long known that I can quickly tell a persons’ true values by looking at two critical measurements:

  • Their bank account; and
  • Their calendar.

If you’re not investing a tremendous amount of your income and time in your own mastery then you don’t value mastery. Period.

This is true regardless of what you may vocalize. For many, their actions speak so loudly that I can’t even hear what they say. Do you know someone like this?

Picasso consistently and quickly removed himself from social gatherings and went back to his painting…

Gates didn’t take one day off for the first six years he was building Microsoft. Not one…

Jobs spent most of his waking hours at Apple, including weekends; and didn’t even take the time to buy furniture for his home…

Mozart was notorious for finding any excuse possible (including faking sickness), to get out of social events so he could practice his music…

Einstein, Thoreau, and Michael Jordan are well-known for their monomaniacal commitment to their calling. For their relentless work ethic and practice…

The most successful people I’ve ever met are monomaniacs on a mission.
~ Peter Drucker

Martha Stewart and Barbara Cocoran are likewise as well-known and as hard driving in their business…

I don’t see work as work and play as play. For me it’s all life.
~ Richard Bransonimages6

Please remember, it’s not what you do it’s how you do it. Remember Debbie from our conversation regarding Sports Authority? (reference UHP21)

My great wish for you is not that you become me or any of the names above. My wish is that you become you; and only you!

I’ve got me down. No one does a better me than me. How about you? Do you know your own deep authentic self?

That being said, my wish is that you know who you truly are. That you know what your particular gifts and genius are. Honestly. Truthfully. With ruthless honesty.

What do you have the innate ability to take and develop so fully and completely that you can rise to the level of ultimate performance and mastery?

What are your unique gifts and genius?

How can you truly become Superhuman in the truest sense of the word?

What has to happen for you to rise above and beyond the socialized programming and live autonomously, fully and completely?

Are you guaranteed to make millions doing what you love?

No, there are few guarantees of that nature in life.

But do you really care?

I offer you two choices:

  • All the money in the world doing something that you despise and have no enthusiasm to do. Or…
  • Waking up every single day, from this day to your last, with a fire in your heart and soul. Because you know that you’re going to start and finish this day doing something that fully excites and engages you. Something that you can look back upon when you leave this life and say, “This is what I leave for future generations. This is why I was here”

Which do you choose?

And you can only have one.

Which is it?

The goal of every entrepreneur is to put a dent in the universe.
~ Steven Jobs

Now you may be thinking, “But James, I want both.” Of course you do and herein lies the problem. You don’t know who you are and what you truly value.

You can only have one thing of utmost importance in your life. Think about it.

While these two choices are not mutually exclusive, my work with hundreds of thousands of people around the globe proves that deep, down inside we all want #2.

Your spirit and soul long for legacy.

You are a spiritual being; and spirit will not invest itself in mediocrity.

A Gallup Poll in 150 different countries around the world showed that the number one thing most important to those surveyed was not money. It was “meaningful work.”

World class art only comes from a world class artist.

So you’ve received enough philosophy, psychology, science and strategy at this point to at least begin your own journey to Ultimate Performance. To at least begin to bring your own personal greatness to the world.

So now it’s time for you to choose…

Superman or average man?

To play and become great, or to play small?

To be a master, or a member of the masses?

The choice is yours.

When would NOW be the time to decide?

Stay awake, Love Life, and Be Epic,

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James

2 Responses

  1. I have always loved Gorge Bernard Shaw's character Eliza Dolittle, she sold flowers on a street corner in London to passers by and aspired one day to run a ladies shop; She had a dream.

    I can relate to Miss Dolittle for I run a shop that sells very expensive skin creams to very wealthy ladies and I too have a dream…. A whopper!

    I have a handful of "Debbie's" ( 20 something's) that work in my little ladies shop; beautiful, statuesque, gracious and I love and care for them as I care for my own daughter, who is now successfully in medical school.

    Interesting thing about the Debbie's of the world. It's great that they are good little cashiers…especially nice when they look like my Debbie's.

    My Debbie's, at one point, wanted to stay in my little boutique and work with me forever?

    I sat each of them down, I told them how much I appreciated them and because their parents? Did not do much to encourage them to be more…..I explained that they MUST be more. Being a sales girl in a ladies shop is NOT ENOUGH for my girls, my Debbie's.

    They are all obtaining a higher education and sticking to it…at least higher education is a place to start- better than being JUST a good, chipper cashier.

    Your story about Debbie hit a nerve. Not your fault but it reminded me of all the Debbie's that have worked for me…. 20 somethings with no dream. I have had the " talk" with each one over the years.
    "Think bigger girls! Grow your brain- the most IMPORTANT ASSET YOU HAVE and take your time before you make life altering decisions" I tell them.

    Now, I am taking my own advice and sink or swim, win or lose, regardless of what you or anyone else thinks, I will/am executing and carving out my plan. Like the baby bird on the edge of its nest, just steading itself to take that faithful leap, I too will fly.

    Like Eliza Dolittle, I will transform from a flower girl to a duchess and create a new reality for myself and I may even take some of my lovely Debbie's with me.

    When I see people spending thousands on, skin creams, driving Mercedes and Bentley, getting Botox, mini face lifts, youth injections, living in the high rent districts….well, doing a good job at being a cashier, making $12 an hour is disturbing to me and I want my girls doing better than that….way better than that. They deserve it….like the Debbie in your story, my Debbie's are "GoodPeople".

    Money is not everything…it is a tool and as of late, I have learned it is an art form in and of itself….a science?
    But it is the pits when one is a mere flower girl on the street corner watching the aristocracy prancing by; even if she or he is living their personal passion.

    The whole concept of "just be happy with the bare essentials" is all fine and dandy until one sees the DISPARITY between them-self and those that posses so much more.

    For me and all the Debbie's of the world, it is NOT about making millions but enough for an enjoyable life.
    Enough so that we are not living paycheck to paycheck, like SO many Americans.
    (76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. CNN-Money)
    (Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings, … Morningstar: © 2015 Morningstar, Inc.)
    There is a price tag for THE AMERICAN DREAM $130 k a year. thats a far cry from my $55k.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/07/04/american-dream/11122015/
    This is not a case of envy, nor is it a case of survival of the fittest. The acquisition of money or having it work for you is what America is all about- The American Dream.
    It can't be had on Debbie's income, even if she is living her passion.

    I have always loved Gorge Bernard Shaw's character Eliza Dolittle, she sold flowers on a street corner in London to passers by and aspired one day to run a ladies shop; She had a dream.

    I can relate to Miss Dolittle for I run a shop that sells very expensive skin creams to very wealthy ladies and I too have a dream…. A whopper!

    I have a handful of "Debbie's" ( 20 something's) that work in my little ladies shop; beautiful, statuesque, gracious and I love and care for them as I care for my own daughter, who is now successfully in medical school.

    Interesting thing about the Debbie's of the world. It's great that they are good little cashiers…especially nice when they look like my Debbie's.

    My Debbie's, at one point, wanted to stay in my little boutique and work with me forever?

    I sat each of them down, I told them how much I appreciated them and because their parents? Did not do much to encourage them to be more…..I explained that they MUST be more. Being a sales girl in a ladies shop is NOT ENOUGH for my girls, my Debbie's.

    They are all obtaining a higher education and sticking to it…at least higher education is a place to start- better than being JUST a good, chipper cashier.

    Your story about Debbie hit a nerve. Not your fault but it reminded me of all the Debbie's that have worked for me…. 20 somethings with no dream. I have had the " talk" with each one over the years.
    "Think bigger girls! Grow your brain- the most IMPORTANT ASSET YOU HAVE and take your time before you make life altering decisions" I tell them.

    Now, I am taking my own advice and sink or swim, win or lose, regardless of what you or anyone else thinks, I will/am executing and carving out my plan. Like the baby bird on the edge of its nest, just steading itself to take that faithful leap, I too will fly.

    Like Eliza Dolittle, I will transform from a flower girl to a duchess and create a new reality for myself and I may even take some of my lovely Debbie's with me.

    When I see people spending thousands on, skin creams, driving Mercedes and Bentley, getting Botox, mini face lifts, youth injections, living in the high rent districts….well, doing a good job at being a cashier, making $12 an hour is disturbing to me and I want my girls doing better than that….way better than that. They deserve it….like the Debbie in your story, my Debbie's are "GoodPeople".

    Money is not everything…it is a tool and as of late, I have learned it is an art form in and of itself….a science?
    But it is the pits when one is a mere flower girl on the street corner watching the aristocracy prancing by; even if she or he is living their personal passion.

    The whole concept of "just be happy with the bare essentials" is all fine and dandy until one sees the DISPARITY between them-self and those that posses so much more.

    For me and all the Debbie's of the world, it is NOT about making millions but enough for an enjoyable life.
    Enough so that we are not living paycheck to paycheck, like SO many Americans.
    (76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. CNN-Money)
    (Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings, … Morningstar: © 2015 Morningstar, Inc.)
    There is a price tag for THE AMERICAN DREAM $130 k a year. thats a far cry from my $55k.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/07/04/american-dream/11122015/
    This is not a case of envy, nor is it a case of survival of the fittest. The acquisition of money or having it work for you is what America is all about- The American Dream.
    It can't be had on Debbie's income, even if she is living her passion.

  2. Thanks James, great questions to ask ourselves and ponder for a long time. I wish you could have both at the same time. I guess all is part of a life long inner search and realisation.

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