What is now a framework all started as a personal compass. That lead to a saying that people connected with.
Let me explain.
Just as I was trying to figure out who I wanted to show up as in the world, I heard Chris Brogan talk about picking a word or words for your year.
This train of thought led me down the journey of picking several words that would be my compass for the rest of my life. As I pondered on what these words should be, I came up with the word happy.
What does Happy Mean to me?
Happy for me means I want to be thankful, I want to be joyful and focus on the small and large moments of life.
Happy also meant to me that I would always greet people with a smile. I would try to leave people better than I found them. It meant being a light in a sometimes dark world.
The next word that came to mind was helpful.
What does being helpful mean to me?
For years, one of the things that have driven me is helping others. For me, helpful means having a servant’s heart.
It means going the extra mile. Answering the questions others have. It also means taking time to learn the things you need to know to help those in need.
At a deeper level, being helpful also means being vulnerable and approachable. To be helpful, I think you also need to be likable.
Being helpful is having a mindset of putting others first.
As I was piecing my words together to build a personal compass to live by, something interesting happened. You see, I had a run-in with a rude, entitled person who had let their ego take control of them.
The interaction with this person made me feel insignificant. It made me frustrated. It made me question myself and who I was at that moment.
But, more than that, it made me think about how I never wanted to make anyone feel that way. So, I added the word humble to my list.
What does Humble mean to me?
In a sentence, humble means no douche-bags allowed.
Meaning, I don’t ever want to let them in, and I don’t ever want to be one.
Being humble to me means that I should be helpful, that I should be a servant, that I should put others before myself. Hey, wait a minute!
I see a pattern happening here.
Being humble also means open minded, being good, empathetic, and loving.
While the words happy, helpful, and humble are amazing, I still felt like I was missing something. Enter the word human.
What does being human mean to me?
It means being your authentic self and not allowing yourself to wear a mask or slip into a persona. It means being vulnerable enough to leverage your weaknesses as your strengths.
The funny thing is that being human also means you’ll be happy, helpful, and humble.
And there it was. My compass was born. I would wake up in the morning and say to myself today. I want to be a happy, helpful, humble, human.
At night I would go to bed and measure my daily success on how well I did on being happy, helpful, humble, or human for that day.
It was amazing how this helped me focus each day on what was important.
Then one day, I was writing a new script for the Sprocket Talk videos I do at Impulse Creative. I landed on the line, remember to be a happy, helpful, humble, human, and along the way do some happy HubSpotting.
Boy, did that line stick. It has come up in interview after interview. I have been asked to talk about it in videos and real life.
And, it was the foundation for the superhuman framework that I am and will be writing about in the future.
So what is the superhuman framework?
In simple terms, it is a couple more words that start with the letter H but, it is so much more.
The superhuman framework is based on these words.
Each of these words is a critical element of the superhuman framework. To learn more about the superhuman framework, keep reading the posts in this blog, or get the latest and hidden thoughts around being superhuman, sign up for my monthly newsletter.