What is a Nemesis?

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Imagine yourself as your preferred character, the one you always wanted to be as a child. Is your character a Nemesis or a Superhero?

It is a fact that every story has a Nemesis. If you choose to be a Nemesis, are you a good one?

But, what does it mean to be a good Nemesis?

Well, understanding Nemesis as a long-standing rival, a good Nemesis is a person who keeps you awake all the time, the person who tries to prove your super powers constantly. A good Nemesis is the villain that makes you a better person every day.

Once in a while you can be a Nemesis on your team, in your project, or in your company — and you may not even notice it! Surprised? Well, that is not a problem; the real and big deal is how to become a good Nemesis?

No matter how we idealize a Nemesis, what we see in them can say a lot about the qualities we seek or judge.

Here are some features of what distinguish a good Nemesis from a bad one:

A Nemesis will teach you valuable lessons.
You, as a Nemesis, will expose your team’s weaknesses as a way to admit them, correct them, and learn from them.
As a Nemesis, you want people moving and shaking the earth with their powers, promoting them to make mistakes. As a Superhero, this is the challenge that opens the gateway for discovery.
A Nemesis tells you “don’t look too far ahead”, that you are going to fail, that you are going to make mistakes. This means you are taking risks, that you are going somewhere, that you are winning, that you are moving the world! And, as some people say, it’s hard to hit a moving target.
The Nemesis tries to go one step farther than you to challenging you.
A Nemesis is always thinking and, more importantly, is always feeling.
A good Nemesis prepares you for success.
They are hard workers and engaged with their cause.
A good Nemesis is curious, creative, unpredictable, and analytical.

Are you a good Nemesis for your team?

At the end, a Nemesis is a super villain and hero who is trying to achieve a goal, a dream and a vision.

Whether you’re a Superhero or a good Nemesis, you need to inspire and encourage people to do great things, while leading character, promoting positive feelings, and showing resiliency during the most stressful moments.

Sometimes, we need a good Nemesis to understand Heroes.

The most important thing is to understand the interests and dreams that make us feel alive, that drive us every day, that make us great Heroes!

Share with us your ideas. Which Superhero or Nemesis is your favorite or least favorite?

PD: If a Nemesis is a super villain but is also a hero. Is a Hero also a super villain? To be continued…


Laura Rojas -Director of Project Management @ Proximity