What makes someone awesome?


What makes awesome people so awesome? Is it the way they look, the way they act, or the way they affect others? If we look to the definition of awesome we see “extremely impressive…” and “inspiring great admiration.” I prefer to use “awesome” in its real definition and not like it is overused by the stereotypical valley-girl and surfer-dude (imagine the voice of Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure). Moving on, I would argue that all awesome people have one thing in common: they inspire. Think about a person who you think is great and I bet they inspire you. They may not inspire you to be more like them, but they inspire you to be a better version of yourself.

I think Taylor Swift is awesome, but I am not inspired to be a singer. She creates connections with her fans like no other performer. She makes people feel important, and that is awesome and something we all can aspire to do. I think Elon Musk is awesome, but I am not inspired to become an inventor. He looks to the future and is willing to take risks for the progress of mankind (and his companies). We all can learn from his example. Teddy Roosevelt was an awesome human and accomplished more in a decade than most accomplish in their lifetime. While I do not wish to become president, but we all can take notes on living the “strenuous life.”

Awesomeness comes in many packages, flavors, and varieties, but it always inspires you. There are other traits that can amplify awesomeness, but before we get there, let’s discuss what is not awesome.


Do you know someone who is lame? The definition of lame includes physical limitations due to injury, but we are talking about the emotionally lame person: someone who sucks the life out of you. Think of the most lame person you know and I bet they suck all the inspiration away from you. They are like a black hole of doom and weakness. They love taking happy and productive people and pulling them down to the depths of excuse-land. They are whiners, complainers, excuse makers, and pessimists. But this is not you. These are the people you need to avoid. I’ll write more on this later (and give you the ultimate guide to energy-vampire protection). It is good to be aware of the opposite of awesome so you know what to avoid.

How to increase your awesomeness

The fastest way to increase your awesomeness is to inspire others. How do you do that? That will take another post to get into depth, but it includes  skills such as effective communication, confidence, charisma, physicality, and intelligence. Also, we know that lameness must be avoided at all costs. Pessimism, excuses, complaining, and whining all smother inspiration. To inspire others simply demonstrate the traits that others admire: gratitude, confidence, or whatever it may be. If you don’t know where to start, try emulating the ones you admire. Think about what it is you admire, then emulate.

If you feel there are some other overarching commonality to awesome people that I have missed, please comment.


3 thoughts on “What makes someone awesome?”

  1. Right on, Clark! I don’t think I’ve ever evaluated my own criteria for what makes ‘awesome inspiration.’ Time to ponder this and look at some of my own personal goals in what is obviously the second act of my life. Great piece. Keep ’em comin’! I’m with you 100% on Taylor Swift and Teddy Roosevelt (going to have to Google the inventor guy. See? You are inspiring further education in those of us willing to seek it out).

    1. Teddy Roosevelt… yikes that guy did A LOT in his lifetime. There are some great biographies on him, which I will review at a later date. Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors. Thanks for liking!

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