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The Alter Ego Effect

The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life

The Main Idea

Superman had it right. He would walk into a phone booth as Clark Kent and emerge as the Man of Steel. Then, after the danger was passed, he would go back to his everyday life as a mild-mannered reporter.

It turns out the best-of-the-best in professional sports often do something similar. Many of them leave themselves on the sideline and step onto the field of play with an "Alter Ego" — a secret identity they act out, or a persona that helps them unleash everything they have with confidence and poise. It now emerges this is not just something that works in sport. Ambitious people doing hard things in the business arena can do something similar. Developing and activating an Alter Ego can help you perform at maximum effectiveness in your career.

When you see how an Alter Ego fits into the human condition, the different roles we play in life, and the Fields of Play we stand on, it gives you the freedom to unlock a creative force. When you see how an Alter Ego helps you battle the natural challenges we all face with greater optimism, it can unlock a more playful and empowering approach to overcoming fear. And when you see it’s a natural part of being human, has been used by tens of thousands of people to achieve goals both big or small, and is the most “real you” you could be—it will unlock hidden capabilities you didn’t know were there. The Alter Ego is a tool anyone, in any situation, in any profession, in any moment can use to bring forth their Heroic Self.
Todd Herman

About the Author

Herman Todd is a high-performance coach. He works with athletes, entrepreneurs and leaders who are looking for a mental edge to achieve impressively audacious goals. Some of Todd's clients have gone on to gain medals at Olympic Games, build multi-million-dollar companies and establish international brands. Todd Herman has owned and run his own sports training company for more than twenty years. His signature high-performance system, The 90 Day Year, has twice been named the world's top leadership and skill development program. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta.