A superhero? The person with superhuman powers that runs around in tights and a cape? Well, yes. However, choosing to wear the tights and a cape is purely optional.

A superhero is not only defined as a person who possesses supernatural or superhuman powers, or those who are dedicated to fighting crime and battling supervillains. A superhero is defined as "a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers; also: an exceptionally skillful or successful person” – Merriam-Webster dictionary

So why exactly am I encouraging you to become a superhero?

Well, it’s simple really. A world without any superheroes is a world submerged in chaos. I want to encourage you to become an exceptionally skillful AND successful person. A superhero in your trade. Why? Because the workforce desperately needs superheroes who have the expertise, experience and grit to tackle the problems and put solutions into motion!

So, who are some of the most recognisable superheroes in their trades?

  • Steve Jobs

A pioneer in the personal computer (PC) and microcomputer revolution. Jobs never gave up in his pursuit for perfection of the Apple Inc. and NeXT’s brand and product offerings.

  • Elon Musk

Born in South Africa, Elon had grand ideas and aspirations in the areas of the Internet, renewable energy and outer space from a very young age. He has since started numerous companies including PayPal and SpaceX.

  • Bill Gates

Co-founder of Microsoft, Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. He is an investor, author and philanthropist; founding the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation is organized into four program areas: Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division.

  • Sir Richard Branson

An English businessman, investor and philanthropist. Branson became an entrepreneur from the age of sixteen with his magazine business venture, “Student”. He later became the founder of Virgin Groups, which offers an array of products ranging from books to health care.

Okay, okay, so we all knew those were going to pop up at the top of the global list. However, being a superhero doesn’t require that you become a global industry leader, but rather to become a leader in your department, position, company or greater supply chain!

Most people believe that becoming a superhero is impossible as they have greater powers than the average Joe, but do they really?

  • Superheroes never give up
  • Superheroes always get the job done
  • Superheroes are the best at what they do
  • Superheroes have a crystal-clear purpose
  • Superheroes strive for the pursuit of perfection
  • Superheroes don’t seek fame and glory
  • Superheroes help others
  • Superheroes can work alone, but realise they are more powerful in teams
  • Superheroes’ strength comes from their strength of character
  • Superheroes strive to make a change in the world

All the points above are equally important, but I’d like to zone into point 3 – “Superheroes are the best at what they do.” They do this by keeping abreast of new information, technology, practices and strategies in their field/industry. Now, in your case, this would relate to upskilling yourself. How do you upskill yourself? Simply by keeping yourself active on courses/blogs/newsletters/workshops which provide you with the information you need to hone in on a skill and grasp it with both hands, the first time.

So, do you still think it’s impossible to become a superhero?