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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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David Hassell David Hassell entrepreneur. kiteboarder. philosopher.

David Hassell is a serial entrepreneur presently engaged in launching 15Five, a software company focusing on increasing the relevance and velocity of communication within organizations. [http://about.me/dhassell]

What’s most meaningful for me in this phase of my life is entrepreneurship, which I’ve always been passionate about. I see entrepreneurship as a way to create the world the way we want to see it. We don’t have to settle for the way things are.

One of my defining beliefs came from an ah-ha I had while reading Unique Ability, put out by Strategic Coach. It’s the idea that we’re each gifted with our very own superpower – the intersection of our talents and passions. We know we’re using it when we lose track of time, when it gives us more energy than it takes, when it’s something we could do all day every day and never get bored, and which we could keep getting better at for the rest of our lives.

The problem is that most of us are blind to our superpower. Because it comes so naturally, we often don’t value it or we miss seeing it, partly because we tend to most value things that come through challenge. However, other people look at us, see our gift and say “Wow, you’re AMAZING at that!” So we need the help of our friends, who mirror us back to ourselves so we can see our gift.

When I start to fall into the trap of spending too much time on my weaknesses, I remind myself how silly it would be for Spiderman to be jealous of Superman. When we know our superpower, we can give it freely. We can get better at it and impact the lives of those around us to a greater and greater degree, personally and professionally. Rather than trying to be good at everything – which only leads to being mediocre at everything, we can partner with people whose gifts compliment our own.

The big shift for me came when I stopped looking around with jealousy at everyone else’s gifts and feeling bad about myself. Instead, I focused more and more time on my own gift and on admiring all the amazingly gifted people I’m blessed to have in my life.

My gift is connecting with people and connecting people to the people, knowledge, and resources they need to be successful in whatever they’re most inspired to create. I love helping people come up with the best ways to make their vision become reality. I can’t not do it. Now that I know my gift, I look for opportunities to get better and better at it.

– David Hassell

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