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Superheroes and Superpowers

Years ago, I was taking part in one of those all-day job interviews. You know that kind—you’re passed around from person to person, you get taken to lunch, and you get asked the same questions over and over again.

In this job interview, one particular interviewer asked me, “If you were a superhero, which superhero would you be and why?”

At the time, I was caught off guard a bit. I had never been asked that question before—and I wasn’t sure why that would come up.

But, I recovered and gave this answer:

“Batman—because I may not have superpowers, but I am resourceful and creative with the tools and skills I do have.”

Clearly, it was the right answer as I was offered that job. (I didn’t take it—that’s a long story.) And years later, my answer hasn’t changed.

I don’t have superpowers. I have never pretended to have superpowers (okay, that’s not true…).

I am resourceful. I am creative. And I do the best I can with what I’ve got.

Very Batman-esque (though I could do with the Batmobile and perhaps the billion+ dollars… but that’s not really important).

Now, given all that, my wife asked me about a month ago what superpower I would choose to have if given the choice.

My answer is easy: Telekinesis (a.k.a. Moving shit with my mind).


Naturally, my wife says she wants the ability to fly.

What do I say? I can move shit with my mind–including myself. I can mind myself into the air!

If you’re a strong telekinetic (say a Jean Grey/Phoenix type), you can do just about anything you want–short of firing lasers out of your eyes and reading people’s minds. (Yes, I know. Jean Grey/Phoenix are both telekinetics and telepaths.)


So, two questions for you:

1. Which superhero would you be? Why?

2. Which superpower would you choose for yourself? Why?

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