Planet of the Clarks

We’re waiting for Superman.  We’re waiting for heroes.  We’re waiting because we get told someone will save the day.  We’re waiting for that One Iconic Hero.  We’re waiting to be saved.

Then something like the Boston Marathon Bombing happens.  Then legions of people become heroes.  Then ordinary people are shown to be extraordinary.  Then we’re reminded of what we can do.

The story of Superman is not Superman.  It’s that at any moment the guy next to you can be revealed to be something amazing, wonderful, heroic.  It’s a story of how you never know – until.

Stop waiting for Superman.

Realize we’re surrounded by Clark Kents.

Now take the damn glasses off, and go do something . . .

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at, nerd and geek culture at, and does a site of creative tools at He can be reached at