Within all of us is so much natural potential – real superpowers – if we can just figure out how to unlock and channel it into action. To help us understand how to do that, we spoke to multi-talented Laura Simão about her experience looking within and bringing out the most, and the best, of each of us.
An interview with Laura Simão,
Senior Business Development and Marketing Strategist, Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP
Founder, Reset Studio
Adjunct Professor, Parsons School of Design
New York, NY, USA
There are many girls and women that are sometimes afraid to be their true selves for a variety of reasons (fear, upbringing, stereotypes, doubts, social pressure, etc.). How did you find your ‘superpowers’?
It wasn’t until I started doing my work with Reset Studio, which is when I began coaching and teaching people, that I started asking myself, “What is this human being’s superpower? And what is mine?” I always keep that question in the back of my mind when engaging in conversations. It helped me to see people in a more positive light. It was a way to develop my empathy, which I like to think is one of my superpowers right now.
Superpowers change and evolve as you grow. Furthermore, superpowers can differ based on the situation and place. You have a certain superpower at home, but it may not apply in school or when playing a sport. So, as your life changes and the contexts in which you live your life evolves, so do your superpowers.
One of the things that held me back while making decisions was the idea of permanence – but truly with age and maturity have taught me is that you have to always refresh, ‘reset’ and change things up in your life. I love the word ‘reset’ – we all have to do this sometimes and when it happens, you’ll be at a higher place regarding your own evolution as a human being, you will know yourself better, and you will find more superpowers that you didn’t even realize you could have.
What superpowers help you to overcome changes that life sometimes throws at you?
I conducted a study of my life and went back and sketched out the important moments of my life, as I remember them. Critical moments when I remember finding my power. By ‘power’, I mean confidence and the ability to direct outcomes in a positive way. There are a few moments, for example, when my father passed away. I was 15 years old and I felt powerful. I was able to help my family and help my mother while in a very difficult situation. Instead of giving up and breaking down, I became very resilient, so this theme started to become visible in all events in my life. Right now, when I think about my superpowers, I think about resilience, optimism, and empathy.
What are you doing to nurture yourself and maintain your superpowers?
Balance is important. I started meditation in nature when I can. People shouldn’t underestimate the value of walking barefoot on grass. The Earth is a big magnet for energy and it grounds you. Then you have the Universe above, a source of wisdom that you can draw from. I also developed a tool I use every day – I always ask myself, “Is this beautiful? What is the beauty in this?” in every interaction that I have with people, in every situation in my life, even the way I dress or present myself and the way I speak and the way I treat other people. I always try to remind myself of this question – “Is this the most beautiful thing I can do or say right now?” I use the word ‘beautiful’ very loosely to convey the concept of kindness, compassion, and optimism.
What is your ‘go-to’ when you need inspiration?
Nature, for sure, and meditation.
Tips and tricks:
- I have a tool I use in every interaction that I have with people, in every situation in my life, even the way I dress or present myself and the way I speak and the way I treat other people. I ask myself, “Is this beautiful? What is the beauty in this?”
- I think of life as a series of experiments, as opposed to success and failure. See what you can learn from each experiment to make the next one even better.