Did you know that everyone is human? Even the rich, the famous, the confident, the beautiful and the successful people?
At least, I knew it in my head… but not in my heart.
Somehow, I always believed deep-down that the people we look up to, the people we aspire to be, somehow have it easier than us, are superhuman or just don’t have the same struggles as us.
It’s not true.
Bryan Allain was someone I knew only through the internet. I had never met him in real life (until the first time I met him, that is).
I had a pretty clear idea of who Bryan was though. He was an intelligent, ultra-confident, go-getter with charisma and good looks in abundance and enough natural wit and pizzazz to wow any audience anywhere.
When we first actually met, he did little to change that image, living up to it with every breath, every word and every inch of his chiseled features. (Have I gone too far with the praise?… I think I might have.)
Bryan was something of a mystical figure to me and I didn’t truly believe that anything was too difficult for him.
Until the day I discovered that he is human.
Just an average day
It was an average day. Bryan and I were at the NMX conference in Las Vegas and we were standing in the lounge area chatting about a conference he was in the process of planning.
During our conversation, it became clear that the conference was going to be great, but as a new conference, it needed something of an extra draw. It needed some star power to bring in the masses.
Fortunately, standing not twenty feet from us was the perfect candidate. A man with massive star power in his field, someone who would surely draw in hundreds of more attendees – a man absolutely perfect for the event and the subject matter.
The man was Guy Kawasaki – and Bryan didn’t go talk to him.
Instead, he looked nervous.
Bryan Allain nervous? How was this possible?
If he was playing poker, he would have given away what he had in his hand simply by the way he suddenly shifted how he was standing and began nervously looking around and…. just not being totally awesome.
Bryan is human
In that moment, I realized that, deep down, Bryan Allain was human like me. All his charisma and success were covering up his very human interior.
If it had been me in Bryan’s shoes, there is no way I could have walked up to that mega-star and asked him to speak at my conference – and Bryan was feeling the very same way.
Bryan, the man who can seemed like he could leap over any barrier with a single bound, had limitations.
How was this possible?
Makes you think….
That fact shocked me into reconsidering so much of what I believed about ‘other people’.
If Bryan Allain is human, then maybe all the other stars and celebrities we see being so successful are human too. Maybe they all have to overcome the same fears and insecurities that we ‘normal’ people find so challenging.
In fact, maybe they are just normal people like us.
That changes everything.
If they can, why not you?
If they are not, in fact, superhuman. If they are just normal people like us, then if normal people like us can achieve the success that we crave, maybe people who are not just ‘like’ us, but actually ARE us have the same potential.
Think about that next time you’re facing a challenge that seems too daunting, too impossible for you to conquer.
There’s no such thing as a superhuman. There’s just normal people like you and me, all with their own problems and insecurities.
Everyone has challenges. EVERYONE.
Normal people like us conquer those challenges every day… and YOU can be one of them!