How is Odysseus powerful in The Odyssey?

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Odysseus displays his power in several ways. We see his power when he overpowers the three men from his crew who desperately want to remain with the lotus eaters because they ate the lotus fruit. He knows that they, in their hearts, want to return home, so he muscles them back to the ship for their own good. 

We also see Odysseus's power when he clings to the rock and survives the terrible storm Poseidon sends to kill him after he's departed from Calypso's island. He clasps the rock so hard that he actually leaves behind some skin from his hands when the waves crash against him and force him off. 

Further, we see Odysseus's social power when he convinces his men to help him blind the Cyclops, Polyphemus, as well as the physical power such an act requires. This episode also helps demonstrate the power of Odysseus's quick mind when he tells the monster that his name is "Nobody" so the Cyclops will not be able to identify him to his friends when they rush to his aid.