Become a Superhero

Adrian S. Potter
4 min readJan 6, 2024

It is as simple as listening to others.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Kevin Kelly is a renowned American author, futurist, and technology thinker. He is best known for co-founding Wired magazine in 1993, where he served as its executive editor.

Kelly has been a prolific writer, exploring the impact of technology on culture and society. His influential works include books like “Out of Control” and “What Technology Wants.” The world has recognized Kelly for his insights into the evolving relationship between humans and technology, and he continues to be a prominent voice in discussions about the future, emerging technologies, and the interconnected nature of our digital world.

I recently ran into a quote from Kevin Kelly that resonated with me, especially considering the overly connected echo chamber our modern society has formed with technology. It reads:

“Listening well is a superpower.”

Though just five words, this statement packs a punch. Let’s dig into its meaning.

In an era dominated by social media, personal branding, and constant digital noise, genuine listening has become a rare and invaluable skill. In a world where everyone is eager to express themselves, those who truly listen possess a superpower that transcends mere communication.

In our self-centered society, individuals often find themselves absorbed in their own narratives, opinions, and experiences. Social media platforms amplify this trend, fostering an environment where people compete for attention, validation, and a chance to be heard.

Amidst this cacophony, the ability to listen becomes a transformative force.

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Listening well requires not only hearing words but also understanding the emotions, intentions, and perspectives behind them. It involves setting aside preconceptions, judgments, and the incessant urge to respond, allowing for a deep, empathetic connection with others.

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Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity · www.adrianspotter.com