Last week I wrote about the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon, in August. (If you missed it, click here.) For a week, Portland was chock-full of superheroes. Everyone I met was, in a word, awesome. But there were plenty of awesome and inspiring people I didn’t get to meet. Instead, I had a front row seat while they were up on stage.
- Jonathan Fields, father of The Good Life Project, researched extensively into what contributes to a good life. It boiled down to what he called “The 5 Be’s.” Be intentional about the way you spend your short time on this earth. Be open to possibility. Be kind. Be yourself. Be still to cultivate awareness. Why is he a superhero? Inspiration aside, he’s just given everyone a roadmap to forming their own good lives. The book is available for pre-order through 18 October at www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401948413. For more on the project, go to http://www.goodlifeproject.com.
- Michelle Poler, who created the 100 Days of Fear project and documented her results on You-Tube, found that embracing the unknown is like a blind-date with destiny. Maybe it’s a dud, but it could be mind-blowing. Rather than “What’s the worst that could happen?” she now asks, “What’s the best that could happen?” Typically, she says, the greater the discomfort and fear, the greater the reward. Over 100 days, she let a tarantula crawl over her arm, posed nude for an art class, went sky diving and sang karaoke. Is she still afraid? Yes, but now she’s more afraid of not acting. Why is she a superhero? She tapped into her inner strength and showed it’s possible to change the size of your comfort zone. To learn more, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dbNRGiqaaM or http://100dayswithoutfear.com. One great aspect of her documentation is the Emoji-meter, which measures her feelings ahead of, during, and after doing some activity she had feared. Her Day 100 fear, do a TedX speech, led to the following Emoji-Meter:
- Leah Hynes and Nazrin Murphie found that deep connections are a powerful currency. There are a few ways to start connecting with others. First, treat strangers as friends you haven’t met yet. Second, don’t over think it – just act. Third, show up and be there. Why are they superheroes? They build community, which is a fundamental human need. For more info, go to http://theconnectioneffect.net.
- Chelsea Dinsmore, widowed about a year ago when her husband, Live Your Legend creator Scott Dinsmore, was killed during a rock slide while they were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, found that happiness is a decision. Faced with the loss, she had two choices: retreat into endless grief, or grieve but choose happiness and dedicate the year to growth. She’s pretty sure she has already faced the worst thing she will ever have to face. There’s tremendous power in believing that. Why is she a superhero? She didn’t let one loss lead to another. She knows that how you do anything is how you do everything. She has taken up the mantle at Live Your Legend, and she has chosen happiness. For more info, go to http://liveyourlegend.net/we-are-so-much-stronger.
- Amy Jo Martin, author of Renegades Write The Rules and founder of the Why Not Now podcast, wants to see a world dominated by positive interactions. And she’s a superhero because she spreads the gospel of kindness.
All of these superheroes are working to inspire the world to be a better place. How will you inspire the world around you?