Amazing. Incredible. Unbelievable. Awesome.

We use these words constantly, and most of the time, whatever we’re describing is most definitely not. Amazing, incredible, unbelievable or awesome, that is.

Our society suffers from an addiction to superlatives, which put immense pressure on all of us to think we have to be awesome at everything. All of the time. It’s not only impossible, it’s downright unhealthy, setting us up for failure at everything we simply aren’t good at, which, in my case, is a lot.

So, when I had an opportunity to speak at a TEDx event at Lehigh University, I thought the topic of ending our addiction to superlatives was appropriate for a university audience. What do you think?