by Dana Cavalea October 14, 2021

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Hi Team....

What if you had a superpower within you that you are not using because the World told you not to?

Or, that your superpower is bad?

What if we all had the same superpower?

What if, that superpower was our ego?

A few months back, I watched a clip of an interview with Sly Stallone- 70+ years old and working out hard.

Still prepping for his next movie.

Still writing movies.

Still working hard physically to ensure he does not decline.

When asked why he does what he does, he replied, "EGO".....

His ego motivates him.

Before we dive deeper into ego, lets define it as I love to do:


    • The self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves.
    • In psychoanalysis, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch with external reality.
    • An exaggerated sense of self-importance

OK- out of the 3-definitions, why are we most focused on the last one, an exaggerated sense of self-importance?

And, the truth is, if you do not find yourself important, who will?

As a matter of fact, when I Coach individuals, I find they don't take themselves seriously enough in regards to the things they need to be doing to get better- yet, many of them say they have to work on their ego.

I disagree.

Personally, I believe ego is a gift that we have.

I also say, there is a big difference in using your ego to your advantage and as a superpower vs. being an a$$hole.

One, the ego is a gift. Being an a$$hole is a personality flaw.

Unfortunately, many believe they are two of the same and they are not.

Ego says you are distinct from the World and from others.

Meaning, you stand out.

You act and behave differently.

You get different results that the average.

What is wrong with that? Nothing.

In fact, think of all the people that you know that "stand-out"?

Some of the greats in all categories of life, from music to art to philanthropy- most have an ego and are proud of their accomplishments and most importantly how their accomplishments have truly helped others and the World.

Ego is not a bad thing.

I believe more people need to let that ego shine within them and use it has a tool to get you where you want to go.

Use it to keep you chasing and keeping your mind in a peak condition.

Coach, how do I use it without becoming a jerk?

Use it for good.

Use it as the coal that powers the engine.

Use it to do something great.

Do not let yourself slip into the ranks of average- there are enough folks there doing things in average ways. 

Think bigger.

Act bigger.

Step out into your boldness. (Right Stacy?- the founder of BOLD Bars)

Believe in YOU and those that help YOU make it happen!

Your ego is your superpower.

Let's go out and win today.

Your Coach,


Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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