The 3 Noteworthy Secrets of Emotionally Intelligent Superhumans

The 3 Noteworthy Secrets of Emotionally Intelligent Superhumans

Apr 26, 2022Fred Robinson





characteristics of an emotionally intelligent person<br>


Consider the power building emotional intelligence offers to those who choose to study and practice this skill. EQ's leaders have created enormous benefits for humanity. If we were going to take an emotional intelligence test these three areas would be essential.


Self-awareness is vital for a fulfilling life and integral for high emotionally intelligent superhumans. Research tells us that we often grossly overestimate our level of self-awareness. By understanding what we feel and, more importantly, why we have those feelings, we better navigate our everyday world. Being self-aware is empowering. To be self-aware requires us to be curious about ourselves. Those who are highly self-aware possess the rare skill of objectively interpreting their actions, feelings, and thoughts.

A first step in improving self-awareness includes being aware of our actions and (and maybe more importantly) our distractions. Becoming more self-aware can help us proactively manage thoughts, emotions, and behaviors rather than allowing them to control us. The emotionally intelligent superhumans focus on clarity, purpose, and determination. We can then convey to those around us that we know what we want and are willing to do the work to get there.



Empathy is an example of how EQ superhumans exhibit themselves in leadership throughout history. Empathetic leaders are skilled at giving their full attention to those around them. They are genuinely curious about the lives and interests of others. When we are in their company, we feel they care about us and our future. Highly empathetic people know how to offer non-threatening, constructive feedback that we feel comfortable welcoming. Being compassionate allows one person to connect emotionally and cognitively with another. Empathetic people understand things from another person's perspective. They can share another's feelings and emotions and understand why they have those feelings. Empathy is one of the foundational building blocks of significant social interaction, and it is pretty powerful.


Adaptability is another essential skill of EQ. We live in a rapidly changing world, so being adaptable is paramount. However, it is more than being willing to modify our course of action or try new things. It means being adaptable to serve others better. The EQ superhumans modify their belief systems to help the world. Drive-up your adaptability by accepting challenges, even seeking them out. Embracing mistakes helps form an adaptable mindset. Unlearning, relearning, and refocusing allow us to cope and thrive through changes. Remaining open and curious brings persistence and resilience.


Emotionally Intelligent leaders or influencers join culture and belief together where others could only see conflict as a possible option. These notables have exhibited high levels of self-awareness, empathy, and the ability to adapt. Each exudes visionary thinking and starts change – even if the change may not come to fruition until future generations, which is a hallmark of these superhuman, leaders. How self-aware is an EQ person? Let's consider these examples.

Mohandas Ghandi (1869-1948) was born in Porbandar, India. Better known as the Mahatma, or great soul, Gandhi led his country to freedom from British colonial rule. Gandhi, a Hindu, is most famous for his philosophy of nonviolence that, has inspired civil rights leaders around the world. His protest, including the famous Salt March, elevated Gandhi as a transcendent figure worldwide. Even after Gandhi's assassination, his commitment to nonviolence has been a beacon of hope for oppressed and marginalized people. Gandhi would be on the list if we were looking for an emotionally intelligent synonym.

Gandhi had the extraordinary capacity to talk to a massive crowd on a one-to-one basis. Through his integrity and his ability to remain steadfast in his convictions of nonviolence, especially in situations that challenged his resolve, Gandhi won the hearts of those in India and throughout the world. His ideas of interfaith harmony, environmental sustainability, and nonviolence are enduring and universal.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918–2013) was a South African revolutionary and subsequent political leader. Mandela's anti-apartheid activism made him a frequent target of authorities. He was arrested and endured brutal incarceration for 27 years. He was confined to a small cell without a bed or plumbing and was forced to do hard labor in a quarry. Mandela's resolve remained unbroken through it all, and he continually found ways to rally against apartheid. After his release, Mandela became the first black president of South Africa (1994–1999).

His negotiations helped end the country's apartheid system of racial segregation and ushered in a peaceful transition to majority rule. Nelson Mandela famously forgave the people who imprisoned him, an extraordinary thing, especially since they were willing actors in an abusive system that imposed decades of indescribable suffering and violence on millions of his people. Mandela used his imprisonment as leverage, foregoing personal freedom in the short term because the long game was a transformed society with freedom for his people.

Dalai Lama, now 86 years old, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk, yet he is a highly uncommon leader. The current (14th) Dalai Lama is the highest spiritual leader and former head of state of Tibet. During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, His Holiness escaped to India, where he currently lives in exile, becoming the most famous Buddhist teacher in the world. The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2006. He is the recipient of more than 150 awards, honorary doctorates, and prizes to recognize his message of peace, nonviolence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility, and compassion.

The Dalai Lama teaches that we are all interconnected and inseparable from one another. He advocates for the equal rights of all people to peace, happiness, freedom, and dignity. Because his vision is so expansive, he can take on the most significant challenges rather than small, narrowly defined ones. The current Dalai Lama thinks about generations and what's best for humanity. 


Simon Sinek is a British-American author and inspirational speaker. He is the author of five books, including "Start with Why" and "The Infinite Game." There are several TED talks and YouTube videos where Sinek lays out some of the most inspiring and motivating messages circulating today. He brings richness and clarity to his conviction that successful people express why they do what they do rather than focusing on what they do. He believes that when you understand your emotional intelligence, you will be better able to create an eager desire in the people you want to help.

Sinek was impacted by Nelson Mandela, whom he rates as one of the most inspirational leaders of all time. Sinek believes that those who understand their deep-seated purpose, cause, or belief can inspire those around them to rise and be a part of something bigger than themselves. He reaches his audiences with relatable stories and lessons with meaningful applications.

Carol Dweck is an American psychologist. Dr. Dweck, the pioneer in the study of fixed versus growth mindsets, states that those of us with a growth mindset can, with time, effort, and practice, acquire and improve skills and abilities to accomplish things previously thought impossible. In her emotionally intelligent book "Mindset," Dweck says that success comes from having the right mindset rather than intelligence, talent, or education. One of her key points is that if you don't achieve a goal, you are not there "yet." A growth mindset and high EQ can foster innovation and creativity, assist in envisioning nations' development potential, and enhance collaboration and negotiation by emphasizing possibility and change.

Roger Federer, superhuman, emotional intelligence.


Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite superhumans. Being steeped in a tennis background, you won't find it surprising that I would choose Roger Federer as one who excels in all three superhuman traits: sport, intellect, and emotion. Consider my rationale.


Roger Federer is inarguably one of the greatest tennis players in history. Federer has an uncanny ability to effortlessly glide across the center court with the kind of grace that seems superhuman. He is an artist who paints a masterpiece with his every move. Above all, he is a shot-maker. His style is power and finesse. He mixes organization and spontaneity. He produces an effect on the spectator that transcends tennis, athletics and even the human body. 

Tennis is not immune to time's constant changes. Few can adapt to win championships across generations, as has Roger Federer. Federer's extended greatness hangs on his versatility and his training. His incredible composure on the court can be attributed to his high-intensity workout routine. Apart from good nutrition and hydration, Roger Federer's impressive fitness level contributes to his creative style of play, which comprises different movements and requires strength, agility, and coordination.

Not only has he set many records during his long career, but he's also noted for his genuine love of the sport. He admires the game, its champions, and its history. 


Federer's emotional intelligence is apparent in how he attacks in a tennis match. His mentality dominates the challenge to win his way. His computerized brain dials in for the right pace, spin, and location. Experts marvel at how the Swiss player knows precisely what shot to hit when, and his incredible anticipation skills. If he cannot outplay you at first, he will out-think you and outplay you.

Federer's intellect is evident off-court as he has become an accomplished global ambassador. His eloquent command of nine languages is impressive as he effortlessly talks to journalists. His class and grace in victory and defeat set him apart from many other players. Roger Federer is also the brand ambassador for Switzerland Tourism. 

Roger Federer possesses strong business acumen. He has wisely chosen to endorse only the highest quality companies during his career. His brand is one of the most respected in the world. His endorsement portfolio is possibly the best among celebrities across the sports, film, and music domains. Federer is unquestionably a successful entrepreneur and owns a player-management agency named "TEAM8".


Federer has already proven that he's a legend, yet he still takes an opportunity to adapt and improve after every loss or injury. He is an emotionally intelligent person, and he has an open mindset. Through a constant reinvention of himself and his approach to the game that he's continued to grow—and that all has to do with his own personal 'why.'

There's something humble and human in the phrase "I hope to be back next year," something that encapsulates Federer's grace. Federer is under the pressure of fame and the inevitable effects of aging, yet he treats everyone with respect by a preponderance of the evidence. He has genuinely engaged with his fans and shows his deep appreciation. He has won the love and respect of the tennis crowds and the world of sports. He is considered an example for all young players who approach a sport. 

Federer hasn't just recovered from crushing defeats – they've helped make him the player and the person he is. Rather than be discouraged, he used the experiences to learn, adapt, improve, advance, and stay on top. Federer is composed. He very rarely loses his temper on or off the court. He's learned to live in the moment. He is a champion of style and a real gentleman.

Federer is known for giving back to society. The Roger Federer Foundation was founded in 2003. It is committed to providing early childhood education to six low-income countries in Africa and Switzerland. They believe the best way to help others is to provide skills that can be used for future generations. He has helped over 7,000 early childhood schools and impacted more the 1.5 million children since its founding. In 2006, UNICEF gave Roger Federer the title of Goodwill Ambassador, a title given to humanitarians dedicated to improving the lives of children all over the world.

The way Federer lives and plays, the way he hopes and dreams, feels like a promise that whatever buoyed him through the years will continue to inspire us. Federer exhibits enough of the superhuman ideal so the rest of us can know it's possible. Roger Federer is timeless. He is an artist, icon, maestro, and magician, and all rolled into one. That's superhuman.

I hope you have enjoyed exploring and pondering the world of superhumans. It's fascinating and uplifting to relive these incredible achievements. These are the blueprints of extraordinary people – worthy of study, suitable for replication, and desirable for implementing change that will help the world. 

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